Island Eats, Classic Scones

Welcome to Island Eats, the place where you can find yummy recipes every Sunday. This week we have Classic Plain Scones. You can have a batch of these scones on the table in 20 minutes, the perfect afternoon treat.

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Serves: 8


350g Self-raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
85g Butter, cut into cubes
3 tbsp Caster Sugar
175ml Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Squeeze of Lemon Juice
Beaten Egg, to glaze
Jam and Clotted Cream, to serve


  1. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tip the self-raising flour into a large bowl with ¼ tsp salt and the baking powder, then mix.
  2. Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the caster sugar.
  3. Put the milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds until warm, not hot. Add the vanilla extract and a squeeze of lemon juice, then set aside.
  4. Put a baking tray in the oven. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a cutlery knife – it will seem very wet at first.
  5. Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat into a round about 4cm deep. Take a 5cm cutter (smooth-edged cutters tend to cut more cleanly, giving a better rise) and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat until you have four scones. You may need to press what’s left of the dough back into a round to cut out another four.
  6. Brush the tops with a beaten egg, then carefully arrange on the hot baking tray. Bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and clotted cream. If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven (about 160C/140C fan/gas 3) for a few minutes to refresh.


Recipe by BBC Good Food

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