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. 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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6th Dec, 2015
Best scone recipe ever - never fails to please
27th Oct, 2015
These are the best scones I have ever made, hands down ... and I used margarine and left out the sugar by mistake! Which I will do every time from now on! I didn't glaze with an egg either, as it's a waste of an egg to me. I used loads of strawberry jam and couldn't be happier with the taste, really outstanding. Thank you!
7th Oct, 2015
Lovely light scone. At last! I've been trying to make a good scone for years and have finally achieved it with this recipe. Made them for MacMillan Coffee Morning and was asked for recipe from all of my friends. Thank you.
26th Sep, 2015
Great Scone, light, soft, delightful to eat. Easily can eaten with just butter and jam. Excellent recipe
27th Aug, 2015
Great scones. Here is a video explaining which order to assemble the cream and jam depending on your preference.
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13th Aug, 2015
I've had hit and miss results with scones over the years. These are wonderful, so light and fluffy even in the wet dough stage. I made mine in the food processor. They took minutes. My children requested no sugar as we're cutting back and they were still delicious. Made 2 batches with and without sultanas.
28th Feb, 2016
How many grams of sultanas would you recommend using? Id like to try. Thanks in advance :)
13th Jul, 2015
Fantastic ! - I have just made these with my son - fab recipe easy to follow - My son made them and I have to say they were amazing - so light and fluffy, this is now the scone recipe we will always make in our house now ! Thank you :-)
6th Jul, 2015
I am new to making scones. I've never had real British scones, only ones from our local US market. That said, I have made 3 batches of scones and they taste fine but have a moist, cake like texture, unlike the firmer ones I have purchased locally. I am not sure if the ones I have made are the way they should be, and if not, do you have any idea what I may be doing incorrectyly? I would appreciate any help you may send my way.
24th Jul, 2015
also, make sure your butter is cold; you can chuck it in the freezer for 10 minutes, slice it quickly without handling too much, & throw the cubes in the food processor/hand mixing bowl.


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