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Scone recipe
Scone recipe
Preparation time:
15 mins
Cooking time:
15 mins
12 Makes


  • 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
  1. Method
  2. Notes

  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.
  4. More scone flavour ideas

Blueberry scones

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. Sift 1 tsp cinnamon into flour. After forming a rough dough, add ½ cup choc bits, then knead to combine.
  2. Date scones'
  3. 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

  1. 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.

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

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