It has to be said, that there is nothing better than a cup of tea and a scone with clotted cream and a dash of jam. What’s even better than that, is when you make the scones yourself! 

A simple thing to make, and a simple pleasure to enjoy.

Here’s what you need:

  • 225g plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 75g butter
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 90ml of milk (or buttermilk – cheat by adding lemon juice to your milk and leaving to stand for 5 mins)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas mark 6.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
  3. Rub the butter with your hands until the mix resembles flaky breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the sugar.
  5. Bit by bit, stir in the beaten egg, then the milk, until you have a firm dough. Don’t overwork it, just bring it together.
  6. Turn out onto a floured surface.
  7. Put the dough into a circle about 2cm thick and give it 1-2 quick passes with a rolling pin – don’t press too hard or you’ll squash out all the air.
  8. Using a 5-6cm pastry cutter, cut out your scones. Don’t turn the cutter or the scones won’t rise.
  9. Put onto a non-stick baking sheet or greaseproof paper and brush the tops with milk.
  10. Bake for 12-15 mins until risen and cooked through.


Scones alternatives:

  • Cheese: add 75g grated cheddar and 1 tbsp grated parmesan before adding the milk and the egg.
  • Fruit: add 60g sultanas/raisins before adding the egg and milk.
  • Buttermilk: replace ordinary milk with buttermilk for a richer flavour.

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