Scones recipe: how to make scones – classic, cheese and more

Give our scones recipe a go if you're planning afternoon tea – go classic – topped with jam and cream – or try a cheese scone for a change

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Our scones recipe is just what you need if you're planning an afternoon tea, or want something delicious to enjoy with a cup of tea. This quintessentially British treat can't be beaten when loaded up with clotted cream and lashings of jam. Which comes first, jam or cream? We'll leave that for you to decide...

While half of the world imagines us Brits enjoying afternoon tea every day, the reality is that it's an experience we rarely make time for given the pace of modern life. But when we do find time, we all quickly remember that tea and scones truly can't be beaten, particularly on a warm afternoon in the garden. 

And if classic scones aren't for you, we've also included recipes for cheese scones and potato scones below. Check them out, then head over to our food hub for more recipe ideas and inspiration. 

Scones recipe: how to make scones

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Ingredients:

  • Self raising flour, 500 grams
  • Baking powder, two tablespoons
  • Caster sugar, 100 grams
  • Softened butter, 150 grams
  • Two eggs
  • A liberal splash of milk
  • Sultanas, raisins or other dried fruit
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon 

Method:

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 220ºC/200ºC Fan/Gas 7. Prepare any baking trays you might be using to bake your scones.

2. Combine your dry ingredients – that's the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and caster sugar – in a bowl, before adding your butter. For the best results, we'd recommend breaking your butter into small, manageable chunks. Then, use your fingers to rub the butter into the mixture and create breadcrumbs.

3. In a separate bowl, you'll want to combine your wet ingredients – that's the milk and eggs – until you achieve a smooth consistency.

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until you achieve a smooth, dough-like consistency. Don't be afraid to add more milk, or more flour if you feel that it needs it.

5. Place your dough on a floured surface and begin rolling, pressing in any sultanas, raisins or other dried fruit you may be opting for. You're aiming for your dough to be about 2cm thick.

6. Once happy with the dough, you can begin cutting it into small round pieces using a pastry cutter, or even a small glass if you don't have one. Place each of your pastry rounds on a baking tray and brush with milk.

7. Place in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until your scones have risen and are golden brown. 

8. Serve by slicing in half and loading up with clotted cream and jam.

Top tip: for plain scones, simply leave out the fruit!

More scones recipes 

Cheese scones

Cheese scones are a delicious savoury alternative to the sweet scone and make for a tasty lunchtime snack, or even a savoury breakfast. 

Potato scones

Potato scones are actually nothing like the scones that you might eat with jam and cream, but they're so delicious we thought you might like to give them a go anyway. Often enjoyed as an accompaniment to dinner, or as a tasty addition to a Scottish breakfast – think of them kind of like a hash brown or fried bread. 

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