Easy fluffy scones

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins


Makes 9
These are the business - light but with a nice crusty outside

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal233
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 85g cold butter, cut into cubes



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  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 150g pot natural full-fat yogurt



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  • 4 tbsp full-fat milk



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp milk, to glaze



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  1. Put a baking sheet in the oven at 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put the flour, salt and baking powder into a food processor, then whizz in the butter until it disappears. Pulse in the sugar, tip into a large bowl, then make a well in the middle.

  2. Warm the yogurt, milk and vanilla together in the microwave for 1 min or in a pan; it should be hot and may well go a bit lumpy-looking. Tip into the bowl and quickly work into the flour mix using a cutlery knife. As soon as it’s all in, stop.

  3. Tip the dough onto a floured surface, then, with floured hands, fold the dough over a few times – just enough to create a smoothish dough. Press out to about 4cm/1½in thick, dip a 7cm cutter into more flour, then stamp out 4 rounds, flouring the cutter each time. Squash the remainder lightly together, then repeat until the dough is used up. Brush tops with egg wash, scatter flour over the hot sheet, then lift the scones on. Bake for 12 mins until risen and golden. Best eaten just-warm, or on the day.

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Comments (90)

eastendlass's picture

Fantastic recipe - were certainly light and fluffy! And my 11 year old daughter definitely thought they were easy.

les_trois_puits's picture

Brilliant recipe - so easy and reliable. Not having a plain natural yogurt to hand, we used a vanilla flavoured Activia-type yogurt without adding the vanilla stated in the recipe. Result was excellent.

mousse's picture

At last! My scones are no longer biscuits. The best recipe I have found in a long time. Downside - waistline!

masakoonishi's picture

Must I use self-raising flour? The recipe already requires baking powder, so is it OK to use regular flour?

craigdakkan's picture

This is a really easy recipe!
I actually halved the amount of sugar and used a low fat yogurt (because that's what I had in the fridge at the time!) and stirred chunky chopped dates in at the end. I like big rustic scones, so I just dolloped 6 heafty spoonfuls onto the baking tray and washed with milk (I find the egg burns to easily in my oven).

They needed a little longer cooking because of the size, so I just turned down the temp a little and left them a few minutes longer, then let them cool slightly in the warm oven, just to make sure they were baked through. Fantastic with butter or olive spread while warm.

willow81's picture

My first attempt was a success. Although I only got 6 scones out of the dough not 9. Reading through the comments people do seem to be getting less. I may try a 6cm cutter next time as the scones were a bit on the large side.

Thumbs up from all the family!

erinkirby's picture

I've never been successful with scones before so thank goodness for this recipe! Wonderfully light and fluffy. After blitzing the flour, salt, baking powder and butter in the food processor, I added some large raisins with the sugar in a bowl and then the wet ingredients. I made 6 quite large scones rather than 9 so they needed a longer cooking time (about 6 mins longer) but were superb. I'll definitely make these again.

mushtywoof's picture

Made these with my 7 yr old daughter, they were easy to make and tasted delicious, esp with cream and jam. Will make again.

thomaspcat's picture

Excellent results every time.

indybob's picture

I've never made scones before and these were great! turned out really light and fluffy =)

neelzp's picture

Me and my 5 year old son have just managed to cook some fab scones using this recipe, they came out so nice we didn't even wait for them to cool down! Slap some cream and jam.. off we go! Excellent!

redsetter5's picture

Just great - fast to make and even faster being eaten!
A lovely recipe that's so easy to do.

scottyjill's picture

I only got the recipe today 24/5/2010 i made the scones as it says and they turned out loverly and the taste beautiful i will be doing them again.

janty701's picture

Amazing recipe. I double the ingredients in my Kenwood when friends come round and the results are always perfect.

minettc3's picture

Best ever turned out perfect. So good I made another batch for my mother.

normalowe's picture

I have made scones using various recipes. This is the best ever.
I made them with my 3 year old grandson and they still turned out great. He loves them! I've tried them plain and with raisins and sultanas. I'm going to try them with dates and with cheese and a little mustard.

nancourt's picture

Has anyone tried making these with gluten free flour? I am coeliac.

zenyogi's picture

My scones are usually like bricks, but this recipe worked perfectly. I made these by hand (no food processor), they were really quick and came out very light and fluffy. Very nice served with cream cheese and bramble jelly.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Lovely scones but I took CFL recipes tip and halved the sugar and they turned out fine. However, I only got 5 scones from the recipe and it says it should make 9. They were very tall though :)

ardanbothar's picture

Best scones I've tasted!! Easy to make and bake!! I make a fresh batch everyday!!! The children love them!!!


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