Sugared scones

Sugared scones

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins


Makes about 8

A simple and quick scone recipe that has a great sweet finish - the crunchy sugar top adds texture too

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal283
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 85g diced butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 350g self-raising flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 200ml milk, warmed to room temperature, plus a splash extra



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

  • crushed sugar cubes, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Whizz butter into flour. Tip into a bowl and stir in salt with bicarbonate of soda and sugar. Using a cutlery knife, quickly stir in milk – don’t over-mix.

  2. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and turn over a couple of times to very gently bring together with your hands. Gently pat to about 1in thick, then stamp out rounds with a floured cutter. Pat together trimmings to stamp out more. Brush the tops with a splash more milk, then scatter with crushed sugar cubes. Bake on a baking sheet for 10-12 mins until risen and golden.

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Wee Goh's picture
Wee Goh
21st Jul, 2018
Very good and easy scone recipe. Worked well even in first attempt. Made sure I rolled the dough to about 1.5cm to get the right scone height after baking. Highly recommended.
22nd Jun, 2014
was worried about this as the dough was very wet and I had to add a lot of excess flour but they turned out to be the best scones I've ever made ( and I've made lots of scones over the years). only change I made was I added a little vanilla to the milk and used ordinary sugar on the tops. looking forward to next batch. am going to try adding different fruits next time - the possibilities are endless!
1st Mar, 2014
These tasted much too much of bicarbonate to me. Left an alkaline aftertaste. Sugar on top was nice though - I used Swedish pearl crunchy sugar.
29th Jan, 2014
i had an excellent result with this easy recipe. they were delicious. Will they still turn out good if I add raisins or blueberries next time?...just to create some variations. Any more ideas about what I could add please?
26th Jan, 2014
Ooops I failed, this was my first attempt at making scones and they hardly rose :-( Not sure what I did wrong, I'm thinking perhaps I made them too thin....I will try again though
16th May, 2013
These were so yummy and easy to make, defiantly making again!
4th May, 2013
This is the first batch of scones that have been 100% success for me. Over the years I have tried, tried and better tried various recipes only to be disappointed with their look & texture. THANK YOU. Yummy, especially with home made strawberry jam.
11th Oct, 2012
I made this today but was pretty skeptical about the success. I also added a bit of cinnamon and vanilla sugar. When it was done I tought the flavour was a bit too flowery. But that was just because I've never eaten scones and I had to get used to the flavour. I think these would be great with some dry cranberries. And next time I'm going to add more cinnamon. It is a quick, simple recipe with a delicious and good smelling result.
22nd Jun, 2012
I first made these a few weeks ago, but doubled the recipe to make more than the stated number of scones - they came out lovely and lasted only a day. I made them again tonight as a quick treat for a friend and they were just as beautiful, but this time I added some mix spice which worked amazingly. This is definitely a recipe I want to know off by heart.
Kaleigh's picture
5th Nov, 2013
Can I replace the self rising flour with plain bakers flour and baking powder?
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