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Simple Scones Recipe

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Scones are well-known and popular treat for accompanying a cup of tea or coffee. They are quick breads per se. All you have to do is to mix all the ingredients,then pop them in an oven for about 15 minutes. I like to have warm scones with a bit crusty outside, a bit soft inside, served with my favourite jam and cream. The original West England version uses clotted cream, yet I found whipped cream also does very well.

Simple Scones Recipe (Printable recipe)
By Christine's Recipes
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Yield: Makes 12

  • 180 gm self-raising flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 20 gm butter, cubed
  • 105 ml milk
Scones Procedures01

Scones Procedures02

  • Preheat oven to 220C/425F.
  • Sift flour and salt into a food processor or a bowl. Add the butter and process a few seconds. (If not using a food processor, rub in butter with your fingertips in quick motion.)
  • Add about 100ml of milk and pulse the food processor for a few seconds. (Note: Don’t stir too long, otherwise gluten generated inside the flour will make the scones turn hard.) Turn onto a clean, floured surface. Lightly knead by hands into a dough. Add remaining milk only if necessary to mix to a soft dough.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll out into a round 2cm thick and cut into 5cm dough discs with a cookie cutter. Place the dough discs on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush tops with a little milk and bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until well risen and lightly brown. Remove from oven. Let them cool for a while on a wire rack. Serve warm with favourite jam and cream. Enjoy!

To make best scones, here are two simple tips:
  • Use fingertips to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Butter will give the scones a tender texture and add more flavour. A food processor can bring a better result as you don’t need to worry about that the warmth of your hands will melt the butter along the way of incorporating the butter and flour. So, using a food processor is quick and handy. After adding the milk, don’t stir too long because you don’t want to generate gluten and harden your scones.
  • By the same token, when kneading all the ingredients into a soft dough, don’t knead too long either.   


  1. Your scones look so small and cute!! :) I've still yet to make scones myself, but seeing delicious light and fluffy scones like thee always makes me want to make some :D

  2. I like the dark background and black plate, makes the scone stands out and looking extra delicious :)

  3. I like scones that are delicate like these, and like you said, served warm : ).

  4. hi there, this question is related to your egg tart recipe but since that thread is closed i am posting it here instead.

    Basically, after it is all done, taken out from the oven, there is a slight doughy taste (bottom part of the tart) to the crust, can you advise me what I am doing wrong here please?

  5. Scones are one of my favourite things to have as an afternoon snack ;) I like the scone cutter you used ~ Thanks for sharing this recipe in English too ~

  6. I love scones too but not my boys sigh! so I seldom made them...yours looks so tempting and dainty:)

  7. Yum scones! I've always wanted to make scones but just didn't know how. Thanks for this quick & simple recipe :) Enjoyed mine with a cup of tea!

  8. Your scones are so dainty cute and delicate.

  9. Beautiful scones! These would be so good with lots of butter and jam....mmm

  10. Yoir rescipe very detail and simple.I did try to make some of them already .I like your blog alot .Thanks for sharing with us .

  11. Hi Christine,
    After banana walnut cake, butter pound cake, waffles & mini blueberries cheesecake, Today I tried this quick & simple recipe, amazing result. My family love it so much, not enough to fed us.
    I found that jz follow the instructions, then all will be perfect. Love your recipes, thanks!!

    1. Hi Jannat,

      Glad that you tried and loved these little scones. Yes, they are too little and not enough for the family. Next time you may make more. Thanks for your comment.