Scone recipe

Preparation time:
15 mins
Cooking time:
15 mins
Makes:
12
Rating:
This easy and basic scone recipe is absolutely delicious. Smothered with thick cream and a generous serving of jam, a batch of these golden delights makes a fabulously fruity afternoon tea treat.
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Ingredients

3 cups self-raising flour
100g unsalted butter, chopped, chilled
1 cup milk
Extra flour, for kneading and dusting
Strawberry jam, to serve
Whipped cream, to serve
Notes

We have sweet and savoury adaptions you can use with this basic scone recipe.

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add butter and, using your fingertips, rub into flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 2. Make a well in centre of flour mixture. Add milk and use a butter knife to mix until mixture comes together to form a soft, loose dough. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for about 30 seconds or until smooth.3. Dust an oven tray with extra flour. Using the palm of your hand, press dough into a 2cm-thick round. Cut out 12 rounds using a 5cm cutter. Put rounds, spaced 1cm apart, on prepared tray. Dust tops with extra flour. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm, or at room temperature, with jam and cream.

More scone flavour ideas


Blueberry scones
After cutting dough into rounds, divide ½ cup blueberries between scones, gently pushing into tops. Don’t dust with flour before baking.Cheese and herb scones
Add ½ cup grated tasty cheese, 2 Tbsp finely chopped chives and 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley to flour mixture just before adding milk.Sun-dried tomato and olive scones
Add 2 Tbsp finely chopped semi-dried tomatoes, 2 Tbsp finely chopped basil leaves and 2 Tbsp finely chopped pitted kalamata olives to flour mixture just before adding milk.Cinnamon-choc scones
Sift 1 tsp cinnamon into flour. After forming a rough dough, add ½ cup choc bits, then knead to combine.Date scones'
Soak ½ cup roughly chopped pitted dates in a bowl of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain well, then add to flour mixture just before adding milk.Sea salt and pepper scones
Add 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper to flour mixture. After cutting dough into rounds, brush tops with water and sprinkle with sea-salt flakes.

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