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Quick Family Recipes – Mum’s Fast and Easy Scones

Updated on October 3, 2011

It’s a joy to have recipes’ passed down through the generations and this is one of those family recipes worth passing down.

Baking these light easy scone recipes will fill your home with wonderful cooking aromas and send your taste buds into orbit!

What’s more these family recipes are cheap, easy to make and they have just five basic ingredients.

Here’s one of Mum’s fabulous family recipes for easy to make Scones:  

This is the same easy scones recipe that my family tucked into for morning tea or when visitors arrived.

I’ve also included Mum’s tips so that your English scones will turn out as light and fluffy as hers and some delicious variations.


2 cups flour (plain)

2 heaped teaspoons cream of tartar

1 heaped teaspoon baking soda

Extra flour for dusting

Liquid –

Milk – approximately 2/3 cup of milk and 1/3 cup of cream

For serving - your favorite jams and whipped cream. Butter if desired.

Scone dough ready to shape
Scone dough ready to shape
Scones on the tray ready to bake
Scones on the tray ready to bake


How to mix:

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in most of the liquid. Mix softly and quickly. A flat bladed knife works well here but it’s important not to over-mix.

Add more liquid if the dough does not form into a soft ball. When the mixture forms a soft dough and is tacky to the touch, you’ll know you’ve added enough liquid.

Turn the dough onto a clean lightly floured surface.

Sprinkle some more flour on the top and with a gentle touch roll (or pat) the scone mix until it’s about an inch thick.

Cut into squares. If you prefer, you can use a round cutter to get an even shape for your easy scones.

Place onto a flat baking tray and bake. Bake at 200 C (fan bake oven) until your scones are golden brown and have risen. They will need approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Remove scones from the oven and slide onto a clean cloth and wrap (just like a parcel) for about 5 minutes.

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Serving Your English Scones

Your English Scones are now ready to serve.

Use the cloth to wipe off any excess flour, cut (or break in half) and serve hot with your favorite jam and cream as desired. Devon cream is a nice addition.

Enjoy one of these old family recipes.

Tips for making English Scones just like Mum’s:

1. Sift the dry ingredients to get air into the mix.

2.Pour the liquid into a well in the dry mixture.

3. Sometimes, if Mum had it, she would use sour cream rather than regular cream. It adds a little more flavor but you will need to adjust the liquid somewhat.

4.Mix with a wide knife keeping your fingers firm but with a soft wrist. One of the old fashioned bone handled knives works well here.

5. Don’t over mix or your English scones will be hard.

6. Work quickly but lightly.

7. Pat the mixture – use your hands to coax (softly) the ragged edges of the mixed batter into a neater shape.

8. Put into a hot oven. You’ll probably need to adjust the temperature because each oven seems to require a slightly different temperature.

9. Once the scones are lightly browned, slide off the oven tray onto a clean cloth. Mum uses a tea towel. Wrap them for about 5-10 minutes. This slightly steams the scones and it’s an additional step worth taking.

Mum has passed one of these old family recipes down for me to share with you and she took the photos for this hub.

English Scone Variations:

Once you have mastered this English scones recipe, there are a few variations you might like to try:

Date Scones:

Pat the soft dough into a thinner shape and press dates onto half the mixture. Fold the other half of the dough over the dates. Then cut the scones into squares and bake as above.

I like to soak the dates in orange juice for an hour or two before pressing them into the dough for an even more delicious taste.  The dates absorb the liquid.

Other fruit:

Fold dried fruit such as currents or sultanas into the dough and cook as above.

Want a non diary option?

I’ve made the above English scone mix following mum’s instructions except I’ve substituted Rice Milk. They are really delicious. However, they are not as light as the original easy scones recipe but they do keep very well.

And finally....

If you like these recipes and my hub, please pass the link on to others, rate it up and/or leave a comment. Writers love feedback!

This work is copyright to Travelespresso (and her Mum), please respect that and do not copy.


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    • Tiffany Latte profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Enjoyed reading your article.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      They ARE really good JHS. Do try them and enjoy the wonderful aromas wafting around your home. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jennifer Maldonado 

      8 years ago from Tequesta

      I have never tried scones. They look really good. I think I might try to make them now. Thanks for the info!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      She will love you even more for the effort De Greek!! Enjoy.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Right, I am going to surprise my wife with these tomorrow and may God have mercy on her soul! :-))

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Being nominated was awesome PDH! Thanks so much for your comment!

      LOL judydianne, I know just what you mean! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      Congrats for your nomination Mam, truly deserving, Now I have a recipe for scones, been wondering about this! Maita

    • judydianne profile image


      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      These scones look quick and easy. Definitely will try. After this week of recipes, I'll probably gain 10 lbs just trying some of them! LOL!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for your kind comments. Hope you bake them sometime soon.

    • morlandroger profile image


      8 years ago from North West UK

      Great pages, baking not my forte but would certainly give these a go. My wife is the baker in our family.


    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Try this and let me know how you get on. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have been looking at scone recipes and this one looks very good and easy. Thanks for sharing.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I just know that you'll make 'em well Habee!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      These are simple to make Jane. The other good thing is that they don't have any butter!

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      Loren's Gem 

      8 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      It's a pleasure to make something that's carefully handed down from generation to generation. I surely would love to try making this... so thanks so much for sharing! :-)

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      Leslie Jo Barra 

      8 years ago

      Oh, these sound so good. Fresh scones are always so good, but I thought they would be too much work to make on my own. These sounds great.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great job is right and they look delicious! Need that recipe.

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I wanna make these! Good job!

    • Jane@CM profile image


      8 years ago

      I can't wait to try these! I've been looking for a simple scone recipe & this looks wonderful!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      That's a very flattering comment pinkhawk! Thank you so much and thanks for your congrats.

    • pinkhawk profile image


      8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ...I'm now hungry and my stomach is shouting... I could taste it thru this hub!^.^ thank you for sharing, congrats ma'am! ^.^

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I'm so excited that this has been nominated for the "Best Hub" this week. Thanks for your congratulations Money Glitch and your comments. They ARE delicious!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I'll tell Mum!!! Thanks for your comments but I'm just not sure that you can copyright a Mum lol. She's a goodie too!

      Sure you can add cheese and make 'em Kiwi scones!

      As always PD, thanks for your comments.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hhhhmmm, this looks so delicious. Mum's have such great recipes. Congrats, T.E. on being selected as a "Best Hub" nominee this week. Good luck!

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      Rob Welsh 

      8 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      © Copyright TE's Mum & Cat 2010 with all rights reserved.

      OMG Scones.... Yumm but aren't these kiwi scones if you add cheese to them? And Does it have to be Anchor Milk or can you use another brand?

      These look great and this is an easy recipe TE. Nice one.

      Thanks for sharing (Maybe you want to let your mum know that I've Copyrighted her {gasp} and the cat) hahaha.

      Where in the world would WE be without your mum?

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for your comments wannabwestern. I'm glad you loved the photos. Mum took them!

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      Our family loves to make scones. I got my recipe on Allrecipes and enjoy all the add-in flavors. Loved your photos!


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