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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molly2009's picture
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I made these recently for visitors who are visiting again tomorrow and have specifically asked that I make the same scones. They are absolutely delicious, loved by grandparents and my children. I took a shortcut though, in that I used a blender and mixed the chilled butter & flour together quickly. They still turned out perfectly.

fatviking's picture
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Superb and oh so simple.

blackburnkatie's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous. I'm just really starting to bake and experiment and I was really worried these would not turn out right especially as my husband always says how his Nan baked such lovely scones. I didn't have to worry they came out perfectly. A good quality jam and clotted cream really make these extra special.

marcekpl's picture
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Very quick an yummy.

julieharris6471's picture
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these really are the most successfull scones I have ever made!

s4mth3m4n2k9's picture
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My fav scone recipe.

rowheldew's picture

Had to add a little more milk as the mixture was a bit crumbly without, overally tasty scones but without the jam and cream may have been a little bland.

jane66's picture
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This is the best scone recipe I have ever tried, they rise beautifully and taste wonderful. They also seemed to stay fresh longer too.

galwaygirly's picture
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These came out perfectly when I made them. The children love them in their lunch boxes for school. A big favourite in my house. Thank you!

mother_ship's picture
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A friend brought me a tub of clotted cream back from Devon so I made a batch of these to have along with homemade blackberry jam. Definitely a lovely light texture but I'm not sure about the vanilla, just doesn't seem right to me, so although I'll definitely use this recipe again I'll leave it out next time.

spammy17's picture
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Wowee! Just made a batch,they were so scrummy and light.My hubby and 3 kids loved them and devoured the lot in no time at all with cream and lovely strawberry jam.Will definitely be baking them again! :)

kerryotoole's picture
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Made these scones last night around 10pm so I could take them into work this morning. Wasn't holding out much hope but OMG!!! They turned out fantastic. Everyone who had one commented at how light they were and so yummy. Served them with some shop bought clotted cream but my homemade raspberry jam and people were asking for seconds!! Thank you so much for the receipe, it is definitely in my binder now!!!

cocovanilla's picture
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Yummy, perfect recipe for scones.. this one's a keeper!

ripley2009's picture
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This recipe is a great basis for experimentation. Tried it as per guidelines & it was great, then left out the buttermilk and replaced with full fat, then skimmed milk ( using lemon tip ) and most recently with natural yogurt - all are perfect and taste superb.

If you want to add fruit then do this at the same time as you add the sugar.

ripley2009's picture
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This recipe is a great basis for experimentation. Tried it as per guidelines & it was great, then left out the buttermilk and replaced with full fat, then skimmed milk ( using lemon tip ) and most recently with natural yogurt - all are perfect and taste superb.

If you want to add fruit then do this at the same time as you add the sugar.

annie1322's picture
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made these tonite with my little boy, i have never made scones before and i must of done something wrong, they turned out very doughy in the middle, does any one have any tips or suggestions as to where i may have gone wrong!!! i will try to make again as all your comments cant be wrong!!!

tangotoes's picture
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First ever successful scones in 20 years!! Delicious! I had run out of s.r. flour so had to substitute it with extra baking powder and plain flour. Also had to substitute Jif lemon for fresh, but results great none-the-less. The warmed milk with lemon and vanilla added seemed to make all the difference between these and my usual sad offerings.

livingoodfood's picture

Yes i have made these scones also, and they are just lovely, remind me of my wonderfull mun also, we always had them with afternoon tea just delicious!

sissybee's picture

Brillant! Tasty and entirely lived up to Jane's promise. I have never maded scones prior to Thursday night but followed the receipt instructions to the tee and bought to work perfect scones which everyone loved and requested the receipt!

uolkath's picture
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first time making scones and they were so easy and yummy! didn't have quite enough butter but they still turned out fine

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