Scones recipe: How to make scones

Fancy a sweet treat but can’t be bothered to spend hours making a cake? A batch of scones can be made in just 20 minutes from start to finish. talks you through BBC Good Food’s scone recipe.


• 350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting
• ¼ tsp salt
• 1 tsp baking powder 
• 85g butter , cut into cubes
• 3 tbsp caster sugar
• 175ml milk 
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• squeeze lemon juice (see Know-how below)
• beaten egg, to glaze
• jam and clotted cream, to serve

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How to make scones

Step one

Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

Step two

Tip 350g of self-raising flour into a large bowl with ¼ tsp salt and 1 tsp baking powder, then mix.

Step three

Add 85g butter cubes, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs then stir in 3 tbsp caster sugar.

Step four

Put 175ml milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 secs until warm, but not hot.

Step five

Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and a squeeze of lemon juice, then set aside for a moment.

Step six

Put a baking sheet in the oven.

Step seven

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.

Step eight

Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out.

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Step nine

Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour.

Fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother and pat into a round about 4cm deep.

Step 10

Take a 5cm cutter and dip it into some flour.

Smooth-edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly, giving a better rise.

Step 11

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.

Step 12

Brush the tops with a beaten egg, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.

Step 13

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.

Step 14

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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