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
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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 tin 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. You may need to press what’s left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four.

  5. Brush the tops with beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.

  6. 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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10th Jun, 2012
I've been trying many different scone recipes recently and this is the best.
9th Jun, 2012
Well I have never managed to make scones rise before and have tried so many times. This Recipe is amazing, the scones were light and tasted so nice and they rose too. I did keep to using 3 medium eggs instead of 4 as suggested by some of the above comments. One very happy baker and very happy children and husband, didnt last very long, the scones that is :D
8th Jun, 2012
Just wondered why no egg every other scone recipe states egg, must admit not tried them yet but will have a go this afternoon
8th Jun, 2012
I made these and these were a resounding sucess, the scones rose very well . We ate them warm with butter very scrummy ! Also with clotted cream and jam also scrummy ! Just what we needed on the wet Bank holiday Tuesday !Taking recipe into work to cook as i work in a kitchen .
6th Jun, 2012
A friend suggested this recipe on facebook and so I ditched my usual scone recipe, which I had been very happy with up 'till then. I have to say the taste and texture were really lovely, will be making them again.....and so quick too !
6th Jun, 2012
I made these scones for the jubilee celebrations for my family and never having made scones before was a bit worried. I will NEVER buy them from a shop again! Best I've ever tasted and the family were amazed at how scrummy they were especially with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Will try variations with cheese and chive. Definately sultanas ones too. Give these a try and I can guarantee you will never buy in again.
4th Jun, 2012
Baked 2 batches, one with sultanas, the other without - both turned out brilliantly! So simple!
4th Jun, 2012
Just made these and they are delicious - they are disappearing fast! I didn't have any clotted cream so just whipped up some double cream instead. Will try with sultanas next time.
4th Jun, 2012
This is the best recipe for scones I have ever used. I made them for the jubilee celebrations. They were the best I've ever tasted. Well done and thanks!
4th Jun, 2012
Flippin delicious ..... thats all I can say :o)


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