Easy fluffy scones

Easy fluffy scones

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(92 ratings)

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
    Baking powder

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  • 85g cold butter, cut into cubes



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

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



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

  • 4 tbsp full-fat milk



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

  • 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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11th Sep, 2012
I have never been able to make scones and avoided making them But I decided to use this and Jane Hornby's other recipe and each time they come out large light and fluffy. I now pulse up all the dry ingredients with the butter and pop this in a bag together with 85g sultanas in the freezer. When I am in a hurry I just pour the frozen mix out into a bowl and add all the liquids and continue with the recipe. I use an egg wash on the top but sprinkle the tops with Lavender sugar. They turn out beautifully every time. Yummy!!
15th Aug, 2012
Best recipe ever... Lovely stretchy dough and very moist. I used 0% fat natural yoghurt and still had a lovely moist texture and a soft flavour. I halved the recipe and made 4 average sized scones and 1 large on :) thank will be teaching someone how to make these.
6th Jul, 2012
lovely! polished off very quickly....
1st Apr, 2012
Made and sampled these a few minutes ago, the baking time needed a bit longer 20 - 25mins, took these out at 20mins and still looked pale but cooked, were light and fluffy would have prefferd them slightly browner (will do that next time) apart from that the otherhalf has nearly polished off the lot so must have been ok!
31st Mar, 2012
I suggest the scones are cooked at 170 dregs fanh for 20 mins until golden brown
2nd Feb, 2012
Maxine - you don't say how much grated cheese and mustard powder. I am sure I am not the only one who would love to know. Please reveal!
26th Jan, 2012
Used this recipe to make cheese scones, took out the sugar and vanilla and replaced with grated cheese and mustard powder, excellent. I have just made 240 scones(120 Cheese, 120 sweet) for a caterer who was let down at the last minute. Not a single scone left and everyone commented favorably on them. Got myself a full time job!! Thank you for this excellent recipe.
19th Jan, 2012
so easy and very light and fluffy
17th Jan, 2012
well what can I say..... loved them, will make more tomorrow, yum yum.....
28th Nov, 2011
These were fantastic, the kids love them, also done them with sultanas.


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