best scone recipe

by Bryce Bins Jr. Published 6 months ago Updated 5 months ago

How to make the Best Scone ever?


  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. ...
  • Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. ...
  • Crack the eggs into a measuring jug, then add enough milk to make the total liquid 300ml/10fl oz. ...
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, knead lightly and work in the sultanas, if using. ...

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How to bake perfect scones?

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C. ...
  • Put the flour and salt in a medium bowl. ...
  • Combine the cream and lemonade, add to the flour mixture and use a flat-bladed knife to mix with a cutting action until the dough comes together in clumps.
  • Use lightly floured hands to bring the dough together – it will be soft, but not sticky. ...

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How to make authentic English scones?

How to make English Scones: Start by placing all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a food processor, then add softened butter: That’s the first difference between English style scones and both biscuits and American-style scones. Biscuits and American scones both use cold butter that’s rubbed or “cut” into the dry ingredients.

Which is the best flour to make scones?

The Best All-Purpose Flour for Simple Baking

  • Our Top-Rated Flour: Arrowhead Mills. The scones made from the Arrowhead Mills flour had a crisp exterior and a fluffy interior. ...
  • The Runner-Up: Hodgson Mill. We liked Hodgson Mill so much that it was almost difficult to not rank it first. ...
  • Our Top-Rated Non-Organic Flour: Gold Medal. ...
  • Honorable Mention: White Lily. ...
  • The Rest. ...
  • The Takeaway


What is the secret to a good scone?

The secret to the flakiest scones is to start with cold ingredients — cold butter, cold eggs, and cold cream. Similar to making pie crust, using cold ingredients prevents the butter from melting before the scones are baked, leaving it instead to melt in the oven and create a super-flaky end result.

How do I get my scones to rise and be fluffy?

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What makes scones rise best?

Small flakes of cold butter in the dough will help to make softer, more crumbly scones that will rise better. It's not necessary to freeze the butter as some suggest. Using chilled butter from the fridge works just fine.

Should you put egg in scones?

Large Egg - The egg helps bind the ingredients together but also increases the richness and flavour. Unsalted butter - Has to be cold in order to create flaky layers within the scone.

Why do my scones go flat and not rise?

If your scones barely rise in the oven, reconsider the amount of water you've added. You might want to add more. Otherwise, increase the amount of baking powder/soda. If you're using baking soda, take care that you've added at least one sour ingredient (e.g. buttermilk).

What ingredient makes scones rise?

By rubbing the flour and the butter together, you aren't over working the dough so the lumps of butter can melt and create steam that help your scones to rise.

What makes scones moist?

Tips for Shaping Scones If the dough is too crumbly when you place it on the cutting board, add slightly more buttermilk. If the dough is too sticky when you put it on the cutting board, add more flour. Flour your hands and shape a chunk of dough into a disc. A larger disc will make a larger, more moist scone.

Can I use milk instead of cream in scones?

There's a simple substitution that will allow you to make delightful, ultra-tender scones without cream. Swap butter and milk for heavy cream in any basic scone recipe, so you can always bake these classic treats — no matter what kind of dairy is in your fridge.

Can I use bicarbonate of soda instead of baking powder in scones?

Can you use bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) instead of baking powder? Yes you can! Baking soda contains bicarbonate of soda, so it is not too difficult to use bicarbonate of soda in a recipe that calls for baking powder.

Should you chill scone dough before baking?

Not chilling the dough before baking: to really ace your scones, it helps to chill your dough again before it's baked. Using cold ingredients does help, but your hands will warm up the dough when you're working with it and the extra step of chilling will help you get the best result.

Why do you wrap scones in a tea towel?

“I think scones are baked to be eaten a bit warm, so that's what wrapping them in a tea towel does, keeps them warm and moist,” Phillippa says.

Why is cream of tartar used in scones?

The cream of tartar works to help the baking soda create the carbon dioxide that adds the lift in the scone batter for a more porous end product, which means a lighter and more tender scone.

What are Scones?

Depending where you live, the term “scone” differs. English scones are more similar to American biscuits and they’re often topped with butter, jam, or clotted cream.

How to Make Scones from Scratch

So now that you understand which ingredients are best, let’s MAKE SCONES!

Cold Ingredients & Frozen Grated Butter

Keeping scone dough as cold as possible prevents over-spreading. When scones over-spread in the oven, they lose the flaky, moist, and deliciously crumbly texture. In other words, they’re ruined. But the easiest way to avoid disaster is to use cold ingredients like cold heavy cream, egg, and butter.

How to Freeze Scones

I used to be totally against freezing scone dough. You see, the baking powder is initially activated once wet and if you hold off on baking, the scones won’t rise as much in the oven. However, the decrease in rise is so slight that it doesn’t make a noticeable difference.

How to Make Perfect Scones

Use this basic scone dough for any sweet scone variety. See blog post for a couple savory scone options. Feel free to increase the vanilla extract and/or add other flavor extracts such as lemon extract or coconut extract. Read through the recipe before beginning.

Just Like the British

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Blueberry Scones

Moist, tangy, sweet blueberry scones are a popular tea room treat. Add lemon zest to the batter to make the flavor of blueberries sing. Be careful not to overwork the dough when mixing, stopping just when the dough comes together.

Buttermilk Scones

Cream-brushed buttermilk scones have a tangy flavor that practically begs you to top them with sweet fruit preserves or lemon curd. They also make an excellent base for miniature strawberry shortcakes.

Easy British Scone Recipe

These are the classic tea time scones enjoyed in British living rooms that taste wonderful with some butter and raspberry or strawberry jam. They're best eaten on the day they are made, so invite friends over to share them. Use self-rising flour for this recipe as directed for the best results.

Lavender Scones

Fragrant lavender scones make an excellent bridal or baby shower treat or an elegant addition to an afternoon tea for invited guests, with lavender sprigs decorating the serving platter.

Cheese Scones

Cheese scones are a favorite savory snack in Britain. They make a great mid-day pick-me-up, or even a light lunch when you're running between obligations. Cheshire cheese might be used in the United Kingdom, but a strong cheddar cheese will taste fantastic in these scones. Don't omit the dry mustard, which helps to intensify the cheese flavor.

Vegan Berry Scones

For those following a vegan diet, these dairy-free scones are a delicious option. The secret ingredient is virgin coconut oil, which imparts the desired, light, crumbly texture you crave in scones, along with a subtle coconut-vanilla taste. Add tart, dried red berries to the dough mixture for even more flavor and texture.

What is a scone?

A scone is similar to a biscuit. It is a flaky dough made by cutting cold butter into flour, and uses baking powder to rise. They can be sweet or savory.

How to Make Scones

It’s true that scones are really easy to put together, but there are a few really important tips to follow if you want to avoid sad dry scones, or scones that end up cakey instead of flaky.

Why is it important that the butter for scones be cold?

Butter melts very quickly in the oven, and the little pockets of butter in your scone are no exception. If they start out ice cold, they are going to take longer to melt. This gives your scone a chance to rise higher in the oven, creating little pockets of air where the cold butter used to be. This is how you get a flaky scone texture!

Scone recipe mix-in ideas

The sky is the limit on what to fold into your scone recipe. You want to add about 3/4 to 1 cup of total mix-ins for this amount of dough. Here are some ideas!

What is the difference between a scone and a biscuit?

Visually, the biggest difference between a scone and a biscuit is the shape. Biscuits are almost always cut into circles, and scones are often cut into triangles. Traditional British scones are more dense and crispy, using heavy cream rather than butter as the fat. This recipe is not dense, and is only crispy on the edges.

How to store Scones

Scones don’t have a long shelf life which makes their tendency to disappear into hungry mouths really convenient. To stretch their shelf life, seal tightly once cool and store on the counter or fridge. Eat within 2 days to get that wonderful texture.

Do scones freeze well?

Yes! To store longer than a few days, wrap the baked scones so they are air-tight. Freeze up to 3 months. Rewarm in the microwave on a low setting and don’t overdo it. Don’t “cook” the scones in the microwave, just warm them. You can also slice in half and toast.

The Best Scone Recipe Ever

I have been baking these scones for as long as I can remember. I think, sometimes, that my husband married me for my baking. Not all of it, but some. He has admitted, in a sugar-induced haze, that he married me so he could savor my butter tarts every Christmas.

Do Scones Have Eggs?

This recipe does and I think that's what really sets it apart from all others. I use sour cream AND an egg to make the ultimate rich scones. Really, just read all of the raving reviews below from readers that have made these – I don't call anything the best unless I REALLY think it is!

Step by Step How to Make Good Scones

Get all of your ingredients ready to use! It's easier when you have everything ready to go, or “mise en place” as chefs say, which translates to “everything in it's place.”

More Scone Recipes

Here are a few more tried, tested and true recipes here on The Kitchen Magpie!

Best Scones Ever Recipe Tips & Tricks

Use cold butter ( even frozen) and grate it into the scones if you have a grater. Don't fear however if you want to make these and you didn't have time to freeze the butter, cold from the fridge works great as well!

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Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7/fan 200C and lightly butter a baking sheet (unless you’re using a non-stick sheet). Tip the flour into a mixing bowl with the salt. Shoot in the butter, then rub together with your fingers to make a reasonably fine crumbed mixture, lifting to aerate the mixture as you go.


Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7/fan 200C and lightly butter a baking sheet (unless you’re using a non-stick sheet). Tip the flour into a mixing bowl with the salt. Shoot in the butter, then rub together with your fingers to make a reasonably fine crumbed mixture, lifting to aerate the mixture as you go.

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