Quick and Easy Scone Recipe with a "Fun" Option for Making with Kids - Picture Tutorial
Our Favorite Scone Recipe Is Quick, Easy, and Makes a Healthy Snack
We love scones. They are a perfect snack. Made without sugar, often served with whipped cream and jam, they are sweet, healthy and delicious. Better still, with this scone recipe they are quick and fun to prepare.
If I am in a hurry, I can have a batch in the oven in just seven minutes. In contrast, if I am making them with children, they can do the mixing with the fingers. (Adults can do this, if they prefer). It was always a favorite backing project for my children when they were younger.
Generally, we enjoy scones for morning or afternoon tea. They also are great at lunch time with some hot soup.
Here you will find step by step directions for our favorite simple scone recipe for kids along with photos. We made the basic scone recipe. Get your oven warmed up, and follow along!
- Prep time: 7 min
- Cook time: 8 min
- Ready in: 15 min
- Yields: 12
- 3 cups plain flour
- 2 Tablespoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 75 g butter
- 1 -1 1/2 cup milk
- extra milk
- In a large mixing bowl add flour, baking powder and salt.
- Cut in butter until dough resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add 1 - 1 1/2 cups milk and mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough.
- Knead dough into one ball.
- Lightly dust a cookie sheet with flour.
- Press dough into a rectangle on sheet.
- Cut into 12 even-sized pieces separating them about a 1/2 inch.
- Brush tops with milk.
- Bake at 220C (425F) for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
75 grams = approx 1/3 cup butter
A stick of butter is approx 110 grams
We Gather Everything We Need for Our Scone Recipe
(Before we begin measuring or mixing)
This includes the ingredients, the mixing bowls, the food scale (not needed if using conversion above), the measuring cups and measuring spoons.
First, The Dry Ingredients
Melissa measures out the flour, salt and baking powder. Baking and cooking are great ways to incorporate math skills into day to day life.
Cutting in the Butter
One could do this with butter knives, but it is a whole lot more fun to use your fingers. If you don't believe me, ask any kid and they will confirm this. So, using her clean fingers, Melissa presses all the clumps of butter out until the dough resembles fine bread crumbs like the photo below.
What "Fine Breadcrumbs" Look Like:
**If you are in a hurry**
Put the dry ingredients above and the butter in the food processor. Pay close attention to not over mix. This is very quick. When I use the food processor, I can have scones in the oven within 7-8 minutes from deciding to make them.
Stirring in Milk Quickly Makes for Blurry Photos
Use a knife to stir in the milk. No need to over stir, just moisten the batter
Kneaded Dough Looks Like This When Ready
Melissa and I took turns mixing and taking photos, as we were a bit messy and wanted to keep the camera clean.
Brush Milk on Before Baking
We placed the dough on the flour dusted cookie sheet, then cut it into 12 relatively equal pieces and moved them a bit apart from each other. Now, Melissa is brushing the extra milk on top.
Kids Like Aprons
I still remember cooking with my mom when I was a little girl, and I always got to wear a big girl apron. Imagine how much more fun it would have been if I had my own, like this adorable Child's Penguin Apron (click here for more information)
While They Are Baking, Make the Cream
Melissa shakes the cream while the scones are in the oven. In New Zealand, we don't add sugar to the cream, so just shake the bottle (and keep shaking) until it first feels solid.
** Don't forget to stop before it turns to butter!**
Ten Minutes Later and They are Golden Brown
Scones puff up a bit when they cook, so it was good that we separated them before baking.
Traditional Scones with Cream and Jam
Looking for More Scone Recipes?
I stick to the recipe here, but this book has great reviews, for those who are a bit braver that we are.
© 2009 Rhonda Albom