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The Delicious English Scone Recipe

Updated on August 22, 2017
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

English Scone
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Discover here the versatility of these traditional, simple cakes

I can't remember the number of times I have needed to produce a batch of something fresh and delicious at short notice and ended up with my english scone recipe! The truth is that they contain ingredients that are normally sitting in my cupboards and because they are so quick and easy to make, they quickly become something that you can become quite proficient in making. They are equally perfect for an afternoon cream tea served with a pot of tea and jam and cream, for a more substantial lunch with cheese, herbs and even vegetables added or as a luscious dessert with fresh strawberries and cream or ice-cream. I have even served them with added herbs to accompany a meat dish for dinner. Basically they are great accompaniments to many other foods that make them one of the most popular foods in England. Scroll down for two delicious FREE scone recipes.

Homemade English Scones - Let's face it, some of us do love to bake

They might be easy to buy (in UK at any rate), but can anything quite beat the homemade ones, still warm from the oven and eaten with the appetizing aroma still lingering around you.

Have You Ever Made English Scones?

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English Scones
English Scones | Source

Eat these scones as soon as they are cooled- the sooner, the better. If eating the next day, they are best slightly warmed beforehand.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves: Makes 12


  • 400 g self-raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 50 g butter, soft
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • handful raisins, (optional)
  • 1 beaten egg, (optional)
  • Milk to mix


  1. Preheat oven to gas 8 (230 degC) and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Sift flour with salt into bowl and rub in butter.
  3. Mix in sugar and add an optional handful of raisins for a fruit scone.
  4. Add egg and enough milk to give soft, light dough (or can make without egg).
  5. Roll out to at least 1/2 inch thick and cut out twelve rounds using large, plain pastry cutter.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minute
  7. Cool on a wire cooling rack.
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Serve Your Scones With Jam And Cream

Serve Your Scones With Jam And Cream
Serve Your Scones With Jam And Cream | Source

Bring out the best china

Gracie China 8-Inch Diameter Victorian Rose Fine Porcelain Round Pedestal Cake Stand Off White
Gracie China 8-Inch Diameter Victorian Rose Fine Porcelain Round Pedestal Cake Stand Off White

Enjoy Your Cream Tea In Style

Bring out the best tea set and display your scones with pride on this lovely cake stand. They deserve the best! Let this pretty stand provide the delicate touch to your sophisticated cream tea.


How To Make Scones Light

By adding the right amount of liquid and so handling the dough as little as possible, your scones will be lighter, but this can only come with practice. So don't give up!

How To Make Pizza Pinwheels - A Scone Recipe

Fill your basic scone with a few ounces of grated cheese and a pinch of cayenne pepper to replace the sugar, for delicious cheese scones or try this substantial pizza scone recipe, a meal in itself and a great way to make pizza.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 50-55 mins plus cooling time

Serves: 7


  • 1 onion
  • 7 oz can tomatoes
  • little oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 oz mushrooms
  • 12 oz S.R. Flour
  • 3 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 oz butter
  • 8 floz milk
  • 2 oz ham
  • 2 1/2 oz grated cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to gas 7 (220 deg C)
  2. Fry one onion in a tablespoon of oil until soft.
  3. Stir in a 7oz can tomatoes, 1 tablespoon tomato puree and 1/2 teaspoon marjoram. Bring to boil and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until greatly reduced and pulpy.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 2oz thinly sliced mushrooms and leave to become cold.
  5. Sift 12oz S.R. flour, 3 level teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt and rub in 1 1/2oz butter.
  6. Stir in 8floz milk and mix to form a soft but not sticky dough.
  7. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and roll out to a rectangle 10x12 inches.
  8. Spread the cooled tomato filling over dough, cover with 2oz cooked ham and 2 1/2 oz grated cheese. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  9. Roll up from the short end and cut roll into 7 equal pieces.
  10. Arrange cut side up in a sandwich tin and sprinkle top with a little more grated cheese.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes until firm and golden brown. Leave to cool in tin. Break or cut into 7 pizza wheels to serve.

A Scone Recipe Ready Mix - The cheat's version!

Sticky Fingers English Scone Mix Original, 1 Pound
Sticky Fingers English Scone Mix Original, 1 Pound

All natural ingredients and so quick and easy. Just add water, mix and pop in the oven! Keep a pack in your cupboard for quick and healthier cake options!


Top Them with white icing or melted chocolate

Try adding white icing to your cooled scones with a cherry on top to make them even more appealing and get the kids to help.

Or dip the tops of the cooled scones in melted chocolate and split and fill with strawberry jam if you like.

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    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 

      4 years ago from California

      I'd love one right now!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I want to have tea and scones in that cottage featured on this page. Need the whole experience to take place in England. I'll bet they taste better right at the source. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Looking forward to baking my first scones.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Yum, I love scones. My mother used to make them all the time. I will try these.

    • Lorelei Cohen profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Oh these scones do look so good.

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      Christine Hulme 

      5 years ago from SE Kent, England

      @Erin Mellor: Ha- you-re right and I don't even know which way I say it anymore as it has all got a bit mixed with my husband's family from the north and me from the south!

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      You've sidestepped the tricky class-ridden question of how to pronounce the word Scone! English people infer a lot about each other based on the length of the vowel.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Simple and delicious: of course I will be making them. Pinned onto my baking board and Blessed.

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      Yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      This lens made me hungry for scones now, but want mine with clotted cream. My Mom used to make these when I was a child. YUM! Thanks for the recipes

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Scones are wonderful, but best when baked fresh and topped with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Cornwall, Devon and Dorset all have places serving cream teas, but Devon has the best clotted cream. It's 1st thing in the morning here in the UK, but I could just fancy some scones... Excellent lens, and we have great memories of cream teas while on honeymoon in Cornwall.

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      7 years ago

      Mmm. It's ages since I made scones. I've got no idea why. I love cheese scones. With marmite.

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      7 years ago

      Did we met in another life? How did you know that I'm fond of English scones? Sadly since Marks & Spencer closed in my area, I have to go to the UK to buy real and tasteful English scones. Perhaps some petition so that we can get another M & S store here?

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for this Lens - I love scones!

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      Ben Reed 

      7 years ago from Redcar

      Great.....can't beat scones....

    • desilegend profile image


      8 years ago

      Looks like easy recipe... Should try it

    • hlkljgk profile image


      8 years ago from Western Mass

      i didn't realize they were so easy to make. i think i will make some for my next brunch. thanks.

    • maplesyrup59 profile image


      8 years ago

      I love english scones or any type of scones for that matter. My kids love my cheese scones that I make for an after school snack. Great lens!

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      It's been a while since I've bought English scones - I definitely love them! Ah, I'd like Marks and Spencer stores still opened in my country, they had the best scones I've got ever!

      As for making them myself, hm... I'm not skilled at all in the kitchen ;)

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      I love scones! Thanks for the I can make my own. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Pizza scones! Awesome! I love scones but I have never heard of the pizza pinwheels before. I believe I will have to try those myself.

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      years ago I used to get up very early to a tiny bakery kitchen where I often worked alone making scones for a few company's in my area it was a cooperative different people making different things through the day I had never heard of them before I made plain, chocolate chip, maple, and pumpkin, the ideas with scones are wonderful and seem endless....Ok I am really getting so hungry forgot how much I Loved the! thank you this is great !!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This looks so yummy! Thank you for adding it to Ma href=" Healthy Living Group for Session 3 and Beyond

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      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      Delicious recipe share for scones! I must try yours for sure. Thanks for being a member of Food Lovers over at Rocket Mom's!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      8 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I never knew you could make scones and then have them as little pizzas! I have tasted them with butter and jam. Mmmmmm. It's been SO long since I had scones. Now I can make them myself. Thank you!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I love scones...with butter and blueberry jam!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Ok, now I know why the New Zealand scones are so completely different than the English scones. Ours have no egg and no sugar. I have lensrolled to my scone lens

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      8 years ago

      I am getting hungry...great scones..I have never made these at home..then again..I almost never have baked

    • hlkljgk profile image


      8 years ago from Western Mass

      mmm... i love to drizzle mine with honey.


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