Traditional British Scones

Traditional British scones served with clotted cream and jam, the finest afternoon tea time treats. Buttery, crumbly, and so flavourful. What would a true British tea time be without these mouthwatering scones? Heavenly rich and fluffy, hard to resist not having one too many.

Overehead view of a blue plate with 4 british scones, a cup of tea on the side and a small bowl of jam

These scones are absolutely delicious; they are made from scratch in only 20 minutes, and the smell of freshly-baked goodies is pure heaven.

To say that English people love scones is definitely an understatement. They are ever so popular all year round, and make for an excellent choice if you fancy a posh British afternoon tea.

Or even a lovely breakfast. Butter them nicely, if you don’t have clotted cream, and there can’t be anything more indulgent. A proper treat, I’m telling you!

Now, the English scones are quite different from the American version. They are closer in texture and shape with the American biscuits, while the term biscuits means crackers in the UK.

Confusing much? Well, let’s just focus on the British scones for now.

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make british scones

How do you make British scones from scratch?

Nothing simpler. All we need is flour, baking powder, butter, milk, dried fruit of any kind, sugar, and some vanilla extract for extra flavour.

  • sift the flour together with the baking powder, then add the cold butter and use your fingers to rub it with the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs

Most recipes call for unsalted butter, but for my scones I used normal salted butter and they were just perfect. Perhaps it’s best to give both a try and see which one you like to use best with this recipe.

  • add the dried fruit, milk, vanilla extract and sugar, and knead gently into a dough.

Do not overmix though, we need the scones to be light and fluffy rather than dense. Just knead until the dough comes nicely together.

  • use a rolling pin to roll the dough into about one cm or half an inch thickness
  • use a round cookie cutter to cut out 12 scones

Now, depending on the size of your cookie cutter, you can get more or less scones, the shape is not that important. I would, however, use the same size so the scones can bake at the same time.

  • bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit) for 12-15 minutes or until golden
  • serve warm or cold

Half a british scone topped with clotted cream and ja, with other 3 scones around on the same plate

Are the English scones sweet or savoury?

The authentic English scones are sweet, and are best served as part of a traditional cream tea.

Now, they don’t need a huge amount of refined sugar added, since they are usually served with jam anyway, but it’s up to one’s taste how sweet they can be.

I only added 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and, for my tastebuds, they were perfect. Especially that the dried currants are naturally sweet as well.

Increase the amount to 4 tablespoons if you’d rather have them sweeter.

For some more traditional British treats, how about some delicious Strawberry and Cream Shortcakes?

A blue plate with 4 english scones, one topped with cream and jam

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Traditional British Scones
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Traditional British scones served with clotted cream and jam, the finest tea time treats. Buttery, crumbly, and so flavourful. What would a true British tea time be without these mouthwatering scones? Heavenly rich and fluffy, hard to resist not having one too many.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: afternoon tea time treats
Servings: 12 scones
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 350 g plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200 ml full-fat milk
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a handful of dried fruit
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
To serve:
  • clotted cream
  • jam
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. (390 Fahrenheit).
  2. Sift the flour in a large bowl, add the baking powder and mix.

  3. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub them into the flour using your hands so that it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the milk to the dried ingredients.

  5. Add the caster sugar, vanilla extract and dried fruit.

  6. Using your hands, knead it into a dough. I find that the dough is so easy to work with, that there is no need to transfer it to the work surface, just slightly knead it into a ball.
  7. Roll the dough into about a cm or half an inch thickness, then use a cookie cutter to cut out 12 rounds.

  8. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and bake the scones for 12-15 minutes until golden.
  9. Serve with jam and clotted cream or any other cream you like.

Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Traditional British Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Potassium 95mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.







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  • Reply
    April 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Arata foarte bine. Mi-ar placea tare mult sa ajung in Anglia, sa beau ceai, sa mananc scones si sa vizitez librarii sau anticariate. 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      April 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Multumesc! O sa-ti placa mult, sunt foarte multe de vazut. Eu sunt in Anglia de 7 ani, nu stiu pe unde a trecut timpul.

  • Reply
    April 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Just in time for a weekend breakfast!

  • Reply
    Stacey is Sassy
    April 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I love scones. I’ll have to try your recipe 🙂

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