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Classic British Scones

A simple recipe for plain scones, made in 30 minutes.
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, tea
Cuisine British
Servings 14
Calories 204 kcal


  • 115 g cold butter chopped and cold from the fridge
  • 450 g flour self raising
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 55 g caster sugar
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Heat the ovn to 190 C / 375 F / Gas mark 5.
  • Stir flour salt and baking powder together.
  • Rub in or process the butter with the flour mixture to fine breadcrumbs
  • Stir in sugar and milk to form a soft dough.
  • Divide into two and roll out to 2.5cm thick.
  • Cut out 14 scones with a 6 mm cutter.
  • Place scones on a large lined tray, close together.
  • Brush with beaten egg and bake for 15-20 until well risen and golden
  • Cool on  a wire rack.


For savoury scones add 115g of grateed cheddar in place of the sugar.
You could also add 200g of chopped glace cherries or 200g of sultanas when you stir in the sugar.
Instead of glazing with egg use 50ml of milk and sprinkle the scones with 10g of granulated or caster sugar.


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 183mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 245IUCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
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