Apple scones with blackberry compote

Apple scones with blackberry compote

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 8
The perfect autumnal afternoon treat, sit back and enjoy with a warming cup of tea

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal188
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.36g
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  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 125ml milk, plus extra for brushing



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • clotted cream and fresh or defrosted blackberry compote (see goes well with), to serve


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tip flour into a large bowl with butter then rub in using fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in sugar and cinnamon, add apple and give everything a mix.

  2. Pour in milk and stir it in quickly, then fold dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Tip onto a lightly floured surface; pat into a round about 3cm deep.

  3. Dip a 6cm cutter into some flour then cut out scones, flouring the cutter each time. Squash offcuts lightly back into a round and repeat until all dough is used up. Brush tops with a little milk then place on to a lightly floured baking sheet and bake for 18-20 mins until risen and golden. Allow to cool on the tray.

  4. To serve, split scones then spread with a dollop of clotted cream and a spoonful of blackberry compote.

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Comments (22)

Betty Swallocks's picture

The driest scones i've ever made. When i tipped the mixture out onto the floured surface, the mixture was just crumbs and wouldn't stick together. I added a little more milk but obviously not enough as i just couldn't get rid of the crumbly texture. Now they're out of the oven and cool, they just break apart. Cutting them is impossible as they disintegrate. I added double the amount of cinnamon suggested, but can't taste it either. Disappointing and a waste of time. I wonder if the milk measurement is wrong??

jayjayjojo's picture

Nice taste but looked more like cookies, don't understand how these recipes are put up when they don't work.

sarahleetes's picture

Instead of using a pastry cutter to cut into 8 rounds for the scones, just roll into 8 balls and squash slightly! They then rise beautifully! Sometimes when you use a pastry cutter you can stop scones rising so I always use this method now! Less waste from leftover mixture too!

glendaww's picture

I've made these twice now, followed the recipe exactly (but doubled second time) and they went down a storm with hubby and friends. I used a cooking apple and skimmed milk and handled the dough, which is quite wet, as little as possible. They rose as much as I would expect and tasted lovely.

lrespinger's picture

They tasted like normal scones to me! Nice texture but I woud use 2 apples instead of 1 next time, I'd also add salt and probably double the cinammon as I couldn't taste it. I made mine mini so didn't notice at first that they didn't rise but would see that actually they didn't after reading the above comments.

deborahmenzel's picture

Followed nanajan's advice of 6th Sept 2011 re the recipe and they turned out super. The blackberry compote was a great addition!

clown31's picture

Mine didn't rise either. They are however still delicious and fit beautifully in the toaster for the kids breakfast. Will try an egg and baking powder and report back.

kcurtis1973's picture

Mine rose perfectly without making any adjustments - except that I put the flour & butter in a food processor to do the hard work! They taste delicious - will have to make double (or possibly treble) next time!

freediva's picture

As a scone making virgin I took the advice above into account before baking. I used 1tsp of baking powder, an egg and a pinch of salt, along with slightly less sugar.

No cutter in the kitchen so I split the round into 8 triangles and in they went.

I have to say they are better than anything I have ever bought, so light and full of flavour. I am excited to try other "fillings" now and will keep the recipe the same as this time.

4113827236's picture

If you want s cones to rise don't use all that sugar.And add a
egg and a pinch of salt.

stevie_lu's picture

I used a large cooking apple, and they where delicious! I don't bother with the cream and jam either, i just eat them whole :D Oh and the kids LOVE them!!!

bethocallaghan's picture

good - defo need the blackberry compote with them though. Mine also didn't rise a huge amount but didn't taste stodgy so I guess that doesn't matter so much?

jofulton's picture

So tasty - didn't even need butter or jam

eleanormayo's picture

I made these for friends and they were hugely popular - everyone gobbled them up and raved about them. I used 2 apples, diced slightly smaller than 1cm and served them with the blackberry compote aswell, which I made with lime instead of lemon juice and they were delish!!! A definite keeper and am not sure why other users didn't experience the same success as I did!

toxic_twerp's picture

Mine didn't rise either, they spread out into wider circles instead! I felt they were too soft though, put all the milk in and it was gooey. Added extra flour until I could handle the dough.

Nonetheless they still tasted great, I normally struggle with scones, but these were lovely and light and i will definitely use this recipe again.

I used 2 small apples. Grated 1 and diced the other. Will try baking powder and deeper rounds next time.

annnaomi's picture

To Sarah- -I would add an egg and less milk which would help the rise, I put at least 1 egg in all my oven scones. I think this recipe would benefit from it. Try again, I'm sure you will succeed--Good luck.

annnaomi's picture

A pinch of salt added with the flour will improve the flavour.

nanajan's picture

After reading the suggestion , I thought I would follow
Jane Hornby scones recipe , as this recipe never fails ,
I used two apples med sizes ....what a treat didn't last long once they were out of the oven yummmmmmmmmm

same965's picture

It rose just a little, but you can use baking powder (1 tsp).

same965's picture

Alone a little bit tasteless, but with the blackberry compote it's simply great.


Questions (3)

finbarfury's picture

how about a few sultanas? I think I will try a few and see?

alivel's picture

Are these scones freezable?

alivel's picture

Can these be prepared in advance and frozen? Tks

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