Simple Recipe for Scones, Sweet or Savoury Varieties

Scone recipe

Scones are a simple but delicious treat that can be put together easily but tastes delightful especially when still warm from the oven.

Home baked scones at tea-time is always something to look forward to, and even if you have unexpected guests they can be quickly baked.

scones with cream and jam

The aroma of freshly cooked scones is so enticing, and the variety is also a plus for the good old scone, plain, fruited, cherry, cheese or experiment with flavours of your own.

Classic scones are traditionally served together with a combination of fresh thick clotted cream and jam, a traditional cream tea, there’s always a debate over which goes on the scone first is it jam first or the cream first?

I don’t mind which, but using my own homemade plum jam is definitely a delicious option.

fruited scones cooling

The word Scone has been around since 1513 and origins are debatable including methods of cooking and ingredients. Pronunciation of scone too, has been deliberated on and fiercely defended, some say scone as in Gone, and Some pronounce scone as in Own, personally I just know they taste delicious! 

A cream tea is a simple but special treat, one that evokes times past and tradition, but the act of preparing tea and sitting together with friends and family can be a time to wind down, to chat and have a heart to heart, so not only a delicious treat, but a heartwarming one too, in any season. 😊 

‘We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place’

Quote from The Wind in the Willows

Recipe for plain sweet scones

Simple Recipe for Scones, Sweet or Savoury Varieties

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Janine Moore Course: DessertCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Medium
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

268

kcal

Scones are a simple but delicious treat that can be put together easily but tastes delightful especially when still warm from the oven.

Ingredients

  • 350 g /12oz Self raising flour

  • 85 g /3oz Butter

  • 3 tbsp Caster sugar or golden caster sugar, my preference

  • 1 tsp Baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 175 ml /6fl oz Milk

  • A squeeze of lemon juice

  • 1 Beaten egg to glaze (Optional.)

  • For fruit scones add 100g/3 ½ oz sultanas or glace cherries and increase the baking powder by ½ teaspoon.

  • (For cheese Scones add 100g/ 3 ½ oz strong cheddar cheese and a pinch of cayenne pepper.)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 220c / 200c fan assisted/ Gas 7
  • Prepare an oven sheet or flat tray with greaseproof paper/parchment.
  • Into a large mixing bowl, add the baking powder and salt and mix well.
  • Cut the butter into cubes and add to the dry ingredients in the bowl, rub in the butter using your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. (I find having cold hands before starting this step will help, I run cold water over my hands first, so that my warm fingers don’t melt the butter too easily while rubbing in the butter. Drying them first of course before starting the rubbing in.)
  • Stir in the sugar. Add fruit now for fruity scones. If making plain unsweetened scones, leave out the sugar. For cheese ones add the grated cheese now, mixing well.
  • Warm the milk gently, not too hot and add to a jug, now add a squeeze of lemon juice. Put to one side.
  • Make a hollow in the centre of the dry mix and pour the milky mixture in, stir with a metal knife or metal spoon until combined into a dough. Don’t worry if at first, it’s a little wet looking.
  • Flour the work surface and your hands before preparing the dough. Tip the scone dough onto the floured surface and pat it over into a ball before gently patting it down into a round, flattened to about 4cm/1 ½ inches flour a 5cm/2inch cutter and cut out as many scones as you can from the dough, any excess dough, do the same after flattening out to the same thickness. A sharper, cleaner cut makes them rise better so a good cutter is worth it.
  • Put the scones onto a greased, prepared baking sheet/tray and coat the tops with beaten egg for a glossy glazed look, then into the oven for roughly 10 mins, but stay close and take them out once well risen and golden.

Serve as you like them, with or without the clotted cream and jam, hot or cold. Once cooled, store in an airtight container. 

Freeze on the day of baking once cold. They still taste delicious once reheated gently in the oven after defrosting at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories268
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 10g 16%
    • Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  • Sodium 950mg 40%
  • Total Carbohydrate 41g 14%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 6g 12%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    The more you experiment with the recipe and feel confident to make changes the more fun baking becomes.

    Scones are a lovely treat, nice for a traditional cream tea, or to pack up for a walking snack, moderation is key and always best when shared!

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