July 8, 2016
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Delicious, Light, and Buttery Fruit Scones that are perfect for Afternoon Tea – Serve with Jam & Clotted Cream for a Classic Treat!
I love afternoon tea, and I LOVE scones. I have always been slightly obsessed with them, especially when I go down to Cornwall on holiday as they just seem to be that much better.
You guys also seem to love a scone just as much as I do! For example my Lemon and Blueberry Scones, cheese scones, and my White chocolate and Cranberry Scones. They alway manage to get such a better reception than I anticipate and it surprises me every time!
My Classic Buttery Scones have always been a popular recipe to go to, especially on weekends such as Father’s day and Mother’s day, and I have wanted to post another delicious recipe in a while. I did also post my White Chocolate & Cranberry Scones which proved to be popular as they were ‘different’.
I have wanted to post my alternative to my Classic Buttery Scones for a while as I have made them countless times, but they’re always gone before the photos could be taken!
With this recipe, a couple of little things changed. I obviously added in the sultanas to make them fruit scones! I increased the milk just slightly, and the same with the butter, and it makes the perfect difference because of the addition of the Fruit.
The risk of adding dried fruit is that it can dry out, but the extra little touch of butter & milk has prevented that. Admittedly, my scones never look perfect, but why should they? It proves they’re homemade!
I always always always serve my scones with clotted cream. I then either add in fresh strawberries for example, or jam, but clotted cream is a MUST. I use Rodda’s clotted cream because it’s just perfection, and suits a fresh scone ideally.
I tend to lean towards strawberry jam, but any flavour will work! Whether you put jam then cream, or cream then jam is the million dollar question… but hey! I do one of each to keep both sides of the battle happy! These are such a classic recipe, yet so easy and fun to bake for all the family. Hope you love them!
- 100 g unsalted butter (cubed)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 350 g self raising flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 50 g caster sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 190 ml whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
- 125 g sultanas
- 1 medium egg (beaten, to glaze)
- Heat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC Fan/430F and place a lined baking tray in the oven to preheat.
- Tip the self raising flour, sea salt, baking powder and cubed unsalted butter into a food processor and pulse until it resembles bread crumbs.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the caster sugar. Alternatively, rub the butter into the flour mixture until breadcrumbs are formed.
- Then add the lemon juice to the dry mixture!
- Heat the whole milk in the microwave or on the hob so its warm but not hot. (Microwave will take about 30 seconds – you don’t want it too hot!)
- Add the vanilla bean extract to the whole milk and mix.
- Make a well in the dry mixture and add the liquid. Stir with a spatula as it will be very wet at first – but it’ll soon dry out as the liquid is incorporated.
- Fold/knead through the sultanas until even.
- Dust your work surface with some flour and tip the dough onto it.
- Fold the dough over a few times so it is smooth, but don't over work it!
- Roll the dough out until it is about 4cm thick.
- Dip a 5cm round cutter into the spare flour and cut out the scones – you will probably get four out of the first go! Repeat this again till you finish up all the dough!
- Take the tray out of the oven carefully and place the scones onto it.
- Brush the tops with the beaten egg so it's glazed.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Leave to cool slightly when baked, and enjoy!
- You could easily make this mix and use a smaller cutter so that the scones are more delicate which I often do – I then usually get 12 out of the mix then!
- I often find these are delicious when still warm as it makes them lighter and fluffier – however they do last in an airtight container for 2-3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months! You can reheat them in the microwave or oven!
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Hi all can you put a recipe up for cheese scones too xx
There is one on my blog already!
Hello, I made the scones and they look devine! I froze them once cooled. How long should I reheat them in the oven for and do I cook them from frozen. Thanks.
Hiya! 5-8 mins in the oven at 160ºc should be fine, hope this helps! x
Thank you Jane!!!
Great recipe- 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I followed it exactly as described and the scones came out absolutely delicious and with perfect consistency!
Thank you for a great recipe. I’m living in Germany and out of self raising flour. Can I use plain flour?
Hiya! You can make your own! For every 150g plain flour, use 2 level tsp baking powder whisked in before using. Hope this helps! x
Hi Jane, anytime I try to make scones they end up really flat. I was hoping this time would be different but they were very edible but flat. What am I doing wrong?
Hiya! Do they spread at all during baking? Maybe try to roll the dough out less, and try to push straight down with your cutter to avoid tearing the dough! x
I have made these today with my 6 year old for an afternoon tea picnic at his school tomorrow. They are so quick and easy to make, even without a food processor, and so delicious! I’ve made scones in the past but they were a bit dry and claggy. This is now my go to recipe for scones. We got 16 small circles and 4 odd shape triangles out of the mix and even those are not dry or overworked at all even with being rolled up again and again. I did put sultanas and cherries in them though as my boy loves glacé cherries! Thank you Jane.
Just made your scone recipe amazing so lovely and soft . My hubby says i need to stop baking as your recipes are so addictive & hes putting on weight lol . Thank you Jane so much as you have made get back to baking again . i have made many of your cakes & cheesecakes they have always turned out well. my hubby loves the biscoff ice cream so didn’t last long in our house
Do you have a recipe /advice for cherry scones? Please?
Do you have a scone recipe using buttermilk please?
Hiya! Use this recipe with cherries instead of the different fruit! Hope this helps! x
I have just made these scones and they were perfect thank you.
I’ve made this recipe a few times now and they’re always delicious. I’m wanting to make about 30 scones for a christening. Would you make 4 times the dough in one go or would it be better to double it and make two separate batches?
Ps got your new book for Christmas – my favourite present!
I am hoping to make these but would like to prepare in advance so was wondering how long the uncooked scone dough could be kept in the fridge for before baking?
I always bake asap – I dont think they should be left too long!
I love scones when they are done properly but so often when you buy them they are dry and I can never make a nice scone but today finally I succeeded! These are delicious and this has to be the best scone recipe! I used Italian glacé morello cherries and the flavour combined with the vanilla was delicious. Thank you so much!
Hi Jane absolutely adore your recipes I use them a lot x would you be able to tell me how much it costs to make the recipe for 12 scones x
I made these scones today (my first time ever baking scones) they looked amazing but when I pulled them out at 10minutes were still raw in the middle so put them back in and ended up having almost 20minutes in the oven.. one in particular (a larger scone) was quite dough like in the middle… im not sure what I did wrong… I feel I followed the recipe exact.. the only thing I can think of is one my oven as its not brilliant and everything takes longer to cook than it should and secondly I left the mixture sitting for a while whilst I tended to the kids 😅 I’ve read elsewhere scone mix shouldn’t be sat too long? perhaps over worked too? I really dont know 🙈🤦♀️ x
It is most likely the oven – and leaving the mixture. Try an oven thermometer, try using smaller cutters, and bake them straight away x
Should you use real butter to make these (unsalted) or can you use baking block/ stork ?
I personally always use real butter for scones x
I have tried to make fruit scones for years they always spread out not up ( more rock cakes ) these were perfect – thanks for sharing.
Hi Jane, I want to make these for afternoon tea for next weekend but won’t have time to bake next week. Am I able to make these this weekend and freeze them?
Yes you can!
Perfect recipe that gives me perfect scones each time!! I use this recipe at least once a week since finding it. Highly recommend. X
Made these today with dried figs. Delicious!
Hello! Going to try this recipe to add my many others of yours that I have made and loved! But wondered if would semi skimmed milk work? Would I need to change anything else? I don’t have any whole milk x
Ideally in baking you’d use whole milk for the best results, but you can use semi skimmed..
If I can’t get hold of essence, paste or pod can I leave this out?
Love your recipes jane…started to love baking in my sixties! Thanks for your lovely ideas..Anne
Ahh that’s amazing! So so glad!!
In your Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes recipe (which is amazing!) you suggest using any leftover buttermilk to make scones – would buttermilk work with this scone recipe if I swapped it for the 190ml of whole milk or would I need to use a different quantity? x
Hiya! Yes you can swap out the milk – but then also leave out the lemon! X
Jane! This recipe is 👌🏼😍 I just made these and they came out perfect! Everyone loved them! Thank you ur recipes are amazing x
So glad you liked them!!
Hi. Will vanilla essence work the same in this recipe. Xx
Personally I don’t recommend using essence as it’s not actually vanilla – only extract or bean paste, or pod! x
I made these scones as part of Afternoon Tea and they went down a treat. First attempt at scones and I will definitely be using this recipe again. Thanks Jane. xx
I’m not sure what happened to my earlier comment about doing mls instead of grams but I thought I’d report that despite my silly mistake they turned out great and were delicious!! Your recipe really must be foolproof!! 😍😍😍😍
I’ve just made your scones Jane but it was only after I mixed everything together that I noticed I had the scales set to ml and not grams!! Hopefully they will still taste lovely!! 🤣🤣😂
They may not be perfect, but they should be good, hopefully!!
Hi, I have made lots of your recipes and absolutely love them! I made your scones the other day but when putting the lemon juice into the milk, it curdled. Do you know where I am going wrong!? Thanks
In this recipe you add the vanilla to the milk, and the lemon is already in the mix? Is this the correct recipe? Either way lemon and milk together creates buttermilk, which is good for scones.
I’ve tried these twice now and I dont know what I am doing wrong. They are really doughy in the middle on the outside they look amazing but on the inside just stodgy 🙁 please help xx
That means they need baking for longer!
Why is there no egg in the mix its just to glaze will they still work
Scones don’t need an egg, other than a glaze… the recipe is correct as it is.
I’ve made these three times in as many weeks! I’m not usually into scones but these are lovely. My husband will eat 2 or 3 a day and had one this morning for breakfast.
I’ve tried many fruit scone recipes and this has to be my favourite so far. Flavour and fluffy texture are just perfect. I used buttermilk on my second attempt and they were lighter in texture and tasted wonderful.
I made these scones this weekend, with my 3 year old daughter, and they are perfect. Thanks Jane! I’ve tried out quite a few recipes and been disappointed. This one is going down in my book as a keeper. My daughter and husband loved them!!
Thank you Jane! This scone recipe is just perfect. Tried the scones this afternoon with my daughter and they came out crumbly and delicious. I’ve tried so many scone recipes that I was starting to lose hope. Will be keeping this one as my forever recipe! Yum!
Love your blog so enjoyable to read and makes me want to bake bake bake! x
Ooh thank you Gill! xx
These look amazing! Do you think it would be OK to swap the sultanas out for glacé cherries?! X
Yeah I don’t see why not! 🙂 x
I never tried scones but always wanted to. They look amazing and I bet they taste even better. I’m definitely going to try them out. xx
Antonia || Sweet Passions
Thank you so much! You really should try them, they’re so worth it! xx