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Plain Scones!

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Serves 5

These gorgeous plain scones are creamy and a lovely treat for tea time. Best with jam/butter and should make round about 9!

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  • Scones
  • 225g / 9oz plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 50g / 2oz butter
  • 25g / 1oz caster sugar
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 medium egg


    1. Preheat oven to 450°F / 230°C / gas 8 and lightly grease a baking tray.
    2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
    3. Stir in the sugar. Add all the milk and mix lightly into a soft dough.
    4. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead briefly. Do not overwork the dough or your scones will be tough!
    5. Roll the dough out to 1.25cm / 1/2 in thickness and cut out rounds.
    6. Place on the greased baking tray. Brush the tops with beaten egg and bake for 7-10 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.
    7. Cool on a wire rack!

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25th Jan, 2019
Wish I had read the comments before I tried it. The scones are inedible thanks to the totally overpowering taste of baking powder. Under tips it says it is a typo, it should read 1/4 tsp baking powder. Surprised this hasn't been corrected.
Graham Sennhauser
24th Dec, 2017
We tried this recipe for the first time yesterday as a quick after dinner treat. Unfortunately the requirement for 4 tsp of baking powder very much overpowers the end result, leaving you with a really unpleasant aftertaste. Rather than reduce the ratio of baking powder to flour, I would try another recipe like Delia Smith's recipe for plain scones.
Janet Baudevin
26th Jul, 2017
ok, just, but agree with all the other comments that the taste of baking powder is overpowering. Next time will try with 2 teasp of baking powder
19th Mar, 2017
This recipe is awful. Scones look and feel nice but there is far too much baking powder, it is all you can taste which is a shame.
2nd Sep, 2015
I have tried various recipes off the net for scones, but this one is by far the best. Previous ones tasted OK but did not rise very well. But using this recipe, they rose well, were very light and delicious; as I live in Devon, ideal for use with a cream tea !!!
28th Sep, 2014
I actually registered an account to comment on this recipe. I love scones; I adore scones. I enjoy discovering new recipes and methods to expand my scone recipe foundation. I have tried over 20 scone recipes and none (NONE) are as horrible as these. I followed blindly, thinking there would be some logic to the odd ingredient ratios. I should have thought it through instead. There is no logic, no flavour (aside from the revolting taste of baking powder) or scones at the end of this recipe.
2nd Sep, 2015
I have found the complete opposite with this recipe, see my comments above.
13th Feb, 2014
Followed this recipe this morning and whilst the scones looked and smelled great, they did not taste very nice at all. I just followed the recipe blindly but my (unfortunate!) recipients told that the horrible taste is due to too much baking powder. Not sure how much you should put in but 4 teaspoons is far too much. Is this a typo on the ingredients list?!
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22nd Jul, 2017
The recipe calls for 4 tsp of baking powder, please note this is a typo. It should read 1/4 tsp of baking powder.
31st Aug, 2015
Gorgeous with one adjustment - 1/14 teaspoon of baking powder Lovely and creamy and made with plain flour! A great breakfast treat or snack on them any time of the day :-) Happy Dayz