Classic scones with jam & clotted cream

Classic scones with jam & clotted cream

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 8
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Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per scone (no jam or cream)

  • kcal268
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.95g
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  • 350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 85g butter, cut into cubes



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  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 175ml milk



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • squeeze lemon juice (see Know-how below)
  • beaten egg, to glaze



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  • jam and clotted cream, to serve


  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.

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Comments (604)

uolkath's picture

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

triplet3's picture

This is the first time I have ever made scones, and it was so easy! All of my family said they were the best scones they had ever tasted!

Thanks for the fab recipe!

jax1458's picture

Great quick receipe - great as a standby. They did not last long!!

clairebear3's picture

Excellent scones ideal with a pot of tea of a rainy afternoon, easy to make and always turn out well sometimes i add cherries or sultanas have made this recipe lots of times !! always a hit

cep875's picture

Have always had awful results with scone recipes - until this one! Yippeeee!

cpc464's picture

"I Tried this Recipe and added Raisins and Sultanas and it turned out GREAT, this is a Brilliant Recipe and Very Easy to follow"

momenz73's picture

I LOVE this recipe. So quick and easy, with the best tasting results ever. Love that I don't need lots and lots of ingredients.

kevmcneill's picture

Great recipe, scones came out really light and morish! Added the cup of sultana's for flavor and really set it off.

arnell's picture

AMAZING !This is the best recepie for scones i have ever tried.They rose brillantly & the texture was light & fluffy.They also tasted divine.I added a few currants to mine as my husband likes them.My 4 children happily devoured them in no time!

madbubbles's picture

I have only made scones once before and they were awful, tried this recipe and entered them into the local village show - won FIRST prize !!!!!!! They were delicious with clotted cream and jam ........well who would think differently ?!

greensl's picture

An amazingly simple recipe with fantastic results each time! Served these with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream - heaven..

beaglebuddy's picture

V easy to make and tasted lovely. I made a batch and added fresh rasperries and small chunks of white chocolate and they were amazing, although the batter a little harder to work

fruitecake's picture

opps forgot to rate it!!

fruitecake's picture

l tried this recipe today for our local wine clubs strawberry tea evening-tried many scone recipes but this has to be the best one in 30 years thanks !!

mariabernadette's picture

This is such a good recipe. It seemed a bit of a faff at first, heating the milk with the lemon (I've no microwave), but all of a sudden, the scones were ready! I added a handful of raisins and sultanas, and have used lime juice, instead of lemon. Go easy on the vanilla essence, I used slightly less than recommended the second time I made these, and it was less overpowering.

lizziejsmith's picture

sooooo easy. And delicious. I leave out the sugar, add pepper, chopped fresh herbs and a handful of grated cheddar to the mix, then top with more cheddar.

mbennett's picture

Easy recipe and the non-inclusion of bi-carb which so many scone recipes requre was definitely a flavour booster. Far too sweet for my taste though (and I have the bigeest sugar cravinge ever) also not too impressed with the vanilla flavour - will make again using less of these ingredients. Great site, love it

heatheroconnell's picture

First time making scones, they were really light and yummy!

alicia-foodoholic's picture

Hi there,
Made these had no lemon, but with a splash of jam, woop woop!!!
Easy and will make again!!!

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