Plain scone recipe

Plain scone recipe
Serves 4-8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Allergy list Milk, Wheat
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Region British
Description A classic scone with authentic Cornish clotted cream
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Step 1

Mix together the flour and salt and rub in the butter.

Step 2

Scone mixture in a bowl

Stir in the sugar and then the milk to get a soft dough.

Step 3

Scone being cut out with a cookie cutter

On a floured surface knead the dough lightly. Pat the dough to around a 2cm thickness and then use a cookie cutter.

Step 4

Scones before being put in the oven

Place the scones onto a greased baking sheet or onto parchment paper. Brush milk onto the scones so that they will brown in the oven. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 220ºC / 430ºF / gas mark 7 for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and well risen.

Step 5

Scones cooling down on a wire rack

Allow to cool on a wire rack before storing for up to a week in an air tight container. Although they are best served warm!

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If you have tried this plain scone recipe, what did you think of it?

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  • Profile picture of Terri
    I used this recipe when I used to make them for the hotel I worked for, and every day I came to work I had to make another batch, so you see they were well loved!
    I don't work there now but I still make these at home and always went down a treat. The recipe was passed to me from my mother as she made them on a regular basis for us at home.
    Posted by Terri on 27 August 2013 15:54
  • Profile picture of wrinkly71
    I do my scones like this and they are the best. Are also good if you use some water for some of the milk. Putting some water in cake and scone recipes makes them lighter
    Posted by wrinkly71 on 15 June 2013 16:33
  • Guest
    Loved them and so did my family and that's including my dog!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I added cream and they were very tasty
    Posted by Guest on 1 April 2013 08:07
  • Baking Billy
    Used this recipe to check metric measures for my mum's recipe - which also uses no eggs or extra baking powder. My mum's scones are the best, I dont like these over risen, puffed up things that seem to be sold at the moment - not proper scones in my opinion! For divine cheese scones leave out sugar and add a good load (as much as you dare!!!) of cheese...yum, even better the day after....
    Posted by Baking Billy on 3 February 2013 21:17
  • Sarah
    I just loved these!!! I recommend them with jam and cream.
    I made 30 for my daughter's party and the kids loved them.
    Posted by Sarah on 9 December 2012 13:00
  • Beth
    They were the BEST!!! I added jam and whipped cream and I just love this recipe
    Posted by Beth on 19 November 2012 19:06
  • Dem
    Very good, easy to follow recipe. Only thing I would say is to perhaps leave them in 5-10 mins longer, as were still a little doey inside.
    Posted by Dem on 6 November 2012 00:17
  • beth
    Very good, it was delicious, thank you for this recipe I enjoyed it, it was easy, the steps where easy to follow and there were no disasters
    Posted by beth on 25 October 2012 13:44
  • Derbyshire Baker
    Very nice to a very sticky consistency to work on the worktop when kneading and using cutters. Gorgeous to eat though, kind of worth the sticky fingers and constant washing of hands!!!
    Posted by Derbyshire Baker on 22 August 2012 15:17
  • Guest
    Very easy instructions and simple to understand.
    Posted by Guest on 4 August 2012 12:37
  • Jess
    Very cool recipe they taste fabulous :)
    Posted by Jess on 16 July 2012 18:55
  • willow
    It was deeeeeeeeelicous. I added jam and whipped cream thanks for the recipe
    Posted by willow on 19 April 2012 18:36
  • Profile picture of KevinUK
    I've not made them in a while but I think they feel as hard as compared to once they are cooled.
    Posted by on 15 April 2012 14:03
  • Profile picture of KevinUK
    I have made them a couple of times and they are the best I've tasted, so no egg is fine.
    Posted by on 18 March 2012 17:40
  • chocalate
    It was easy to follow but it tasted a bit sweet.
    Posted by chocalate on 28 February 2012 18:45
  • Profile picture of Ann Ohagan
    Easy to follow recipe. Tasted very nice. Recommended.
    Posted by Ann Ohagan on 19 February 2012 16:36
  • Profile picture of Lauren
    It was easy to follow and they tasted lovely xxx
    Posted by Lauren on 16 February 2012 09:32
  • Haras
    Lovely just made them and I am only 11.
    Posted by Haras on 28 January 2012 18:42
  • Tracy
    Just made these scones and 1 word,UNBELIEVABLE!!!
    Posted by Tracy on 10 January 2012 22:00
  • Helen
    Made these they are great love them thanks.
    Posted by Helen on 30 December 2011 17:04
  • Jane
    Thank you so much for a simple easy to understand recipe!
    Posted by Jane on 24 December 2011 04:10
  • Anna-Louise
    Great recipe!

    Very handy and turned out great :D

    I added cinnamon in on step 3 when kneading.
    Posted by Anna-Louise on 21 July 2011 20:00
  • Profile picture of Leah
    I think this recipe is really good, the instructions were really good and easy to follow. They tasted really yummy!! I'm definitely going to use the recipe again.
    Posted by Leah on 15 July 2011 21:02
  • sandra
    Absolutely marvellous I made scrumptious scones my children really enjoyed them.
    Posted by sandra on 7 March 2011 15:00
  • Profile picture of CheekyGirl
    I'm only 12 and I like to make them on my own because they are very easy and when I make it, my whole family loves it. It really is SCRUMDILLIYYUMTIOUS!!!!
    Posted by CheekyGirl on 15 January 2011 14:00
  • Pickle
    I've used this recipe many times and it has been better every time. It is really good, and I shall go make some more now... Steps were easy to follow and they disappear very quickly.....
    Posted by Pickle on 24 October 2010 11:13
  • Guest
    Very good recipe. Makes lovely scones and they're very good with jam.
    Posted by Guest on 3 October 2010 12:58
  • Kat
    I did these the other week for my partner because he moaned at me for ages to bake some. Good recipe and really easy...lets see how easy my partner thinks they are to make as he is attempting them himself.LOL.
    Posted by Kat on 17 May 2010 19:08
  • Profile picture of Vio
    Very easy. I tried this morning and I love it.
    Posted by Vio on 13 May 2010 07:28
  • Guest
    The scone recipe was very easy to follow and the scones were lovely when cooked, very happy with them.
    Posted by Guest on 23 March 2010 20:57

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