Real English Scones

Real English Scones

Time: 45 mins


  • 2 cups flour, preferably cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder (not soda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • milk, enough to add up to 3/4 cup with the egg added
  • 1 egg, extra


  • 1 Heat oven to 400 deg F.
  • 2 Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • 3 Add butter and rub in with fingers until it resembles crumbs.
  • 4 Beat egg lightly, pour into a measuring cup, and add milk -- you can use buttermilk instead -- to make up 3/4 cup liquid.
  • 5 Add liquid slowly to dry ingredients while mixing. You should have a soft dough, but not wet or very sticky.
  • 6 Sprinkle flour on a wooden board or working surface. Turn dough out on that. Pat out lightly with fingers until about 1 1/2 inch flat, or a little less.
  • 7 Press out rounds about 2 1/2 inches across.
  • 8 Gather excess dough and repeat process.
  • 9 Beat extra egg well.
  • 10 Put the scones on a greased tin, use a pastry brush and brush with the beaten egg.
  • 11 Bake for about 13 minutes until well risen and golden.
  • 12 To serve, best use them quickly. Coffee shops keep making up batches, so as to serve them almost hot from the oven.
  • 13 To eat, break open while hot or warm, and eat with cream and different jams.

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