Classic scones with jam & clotted cream

Classic scones with jam & clotted cream

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

You can have a batch of scones on the table in 20 minutes with Jane Hornby's storecupboard recipe, perfect for unexpected guests

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per scone (no jam or cream)

kcalories
268
protein
6g
carbs
41g
fat
10g
saturates
6g
fibre
1g
sugar
8g
salt
0.95g

Ingredients

  • 350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 85g butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 175ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • squeeze lemon juice (see Know-how below)
  • beaten egg, to glaze
  • jam and clotted cream, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the salt and baking powder, then mix. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  2. Put the milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 secs until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Put a baking sheet in the oven.
  3. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife – it will seem pretty wet at first. Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat into a round about 4cm deep.
  4. Take a 5cm cutter (smooth-edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly, giving a better rise) and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat until you have four scones. By this point you’ll probably need to press what’s left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
  5. Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and clotted cream. If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven (about 160C/fan140C/gas 3) for a few mins to refresh.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2007

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wenders72's picture

Simple to make and just superb! I agree, they needed a few more minutes to bake through fully but other than that perfect! I added sultanas and even my DH loved them (and he doesn't normally eat sultanas!) Just not sure how I'm going to stop eating them all now.....

gemble's picture

Amazing scones, will not use anything else now I've tried these :-)

sanfeeney's picture
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Forgot to rate it, sorry!

Delicious as above!

sanfeeney's picture
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Have just made these, so quick, easy and delicious!

I agree with others re-baking time needing longer, I baked for 18 mins and they're perfect.

Will most definitely be making these again....

traceysedg1's picture

I have tried numerous recipes to create a perfect scone without success. However, this recipe scored a 10/10.

jucy100's picture

Totally wonderful and scrumptious .. Very easy to make .. I was concerned about the lemon juice too but they are the best scones I've ever made ... I made them extra 'high'' and large so only got 6 out if the recipe but that's enough!

bluevalkyrie's picture
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Fantastic recipe - quick and simple enough to be a classic, but with exceptional results. The consistency is just lovely. Great to throw together from store cupboard ingredients for unexpected guests. The sultanas make a nice addition.

branmuffin's picture
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Easy to make and delicious. Excellent with a really good jam and clotted or whipped double cream. Better than even the best shop/cafe bought scones. Not sure about the ready in 20 minutes bit. It takes me 25 mins to prepare and almost 20 minutes in the oven, but well worth it.

paulabaumber's picture
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Lightest scones I've ever made - excellent recipe. Enjoyed in the garden with a jug of Pimms!!

kevinellis's picture
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Simple. Delicious... With sultanas!

lindamunn's picture

Brilliant recipe! I am not a competent baker and found this recipe very easy and quick, not only to prepare but scones only took 13 mins to bake! Took them out after 10 mins as recipe said but felt they were not quite ready so popped in for further 3 mins. Added some raisins and worked absolutely fine so had lovely fruit scones with coffee. In 27 years of marriage I have only tried to to bake scones once and they were a disaster, flat as pancakes. Now I have this recipe I am sure it will not be long before I will make them again....cannot wait as they were delicious. .

helenakeysxx's picture
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These were very easy and really nice. I made them for afternoon tea for my family, everyone loved them! I also tried putting sultanas in them and they worked really well!

mercuryzelda's picture
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The recipe was simple to follow, and incredibly delicious. Because I never buy self-raising flour, I used plain flour and changed the baking powder amount from 1 tsp to 1 tbsp. The scones still came out perfectly!

fribbshire's picture
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I registered with this site so that i could leave a comment! These scones are by far the best i have made, so many people ask me for the recipe and i have yet to make a bad batch.....fabulous!

lizleicester's picture
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Delicious. We had them straight from the oven with home made crab apple jelly. Only lost the 5th star because I prefer them without the vanilla essence which I'll definitely leave out next time.

michellea999's picture
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This recipe is amazing! Very light, well risen and delicious! Will definitely make these again. Found that they took slightly longer to cook than stated in the method (but that could be my old oven)

signeh's picture
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Rose beautifully! I think I should have patted the dough out a bit more as they were still slightly uncooked at 10 minutes, but overall well-tasting gorgeous scones.

toonster27's picture
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Have made these many times. Super fast and the hints and tips are brilliant. Try adding vine fruits or cherries. Towering tall delicious scones in less than half an hour. Not too messy either as used my kitchen aid with beater for first half of the recipe.

julesmint's picture

This recipe & hints is excellent! My 2nd go at scones & these were soooo good compared to another recipe I tried! Many thanks! A+++

Ragazza's picture
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Highly recommended! I forgot to buy scones for my boyfriend as he has them for breakfast, so I had a go at making them. I don't think I'll be buying them ever again... The trick is to use the patting technique and not to overwork a dough as suggested. It makes them nice and raised. Just amazing!

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