Basic British Scones Recipe

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If you like a filling breakfast but don’t want the usual bread, why not try scones? This British classic scones recipe is light but absolutely filling. It’s great for a well-rounded breakfast.

In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a basic British scone from scratch. We guarantee that this is going to be easy and hassle-free. Just follow these simple steps and you’re good to go. It’s up to you if you want it plain or add some jam in it. We recommend using fruit jams because the sweetness will complement the scones. You can also use clotted cream to add a rich creamy taste to scones.

Serve this with tea, coffee, or milk to your friends and family, and we are sure that they’re going to love it as well. Save this scones recipe for future use. You’ll never know when you’re going to need it next!

And once you’ve mastered the basics and want to level up from plain scones, you can try making some cherry orange scones too!

Basic British Scones Recipe

How To Make Basic British Scones

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Treat yourself to some traditional scones and tea when you make these Basic British Scones

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

To Serve:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, per serving
  • ½ cup fruit jam, of your choice, used strawberry jam, per serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, sift and mix the dry ingredients. Add the softened butter and rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Stir in the egg and milk into the mixture, then whisk until a moist, sticky dough forms.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a clean countertop, dusted with flour, and form it into a ball.
  5. Press the dough to flatten it until it is a 2-inch thick circle. Use a knife to cut the circle into 8 pieces.
  6. Place the 8 pieces of scones on the baking sheet and brush the tops with 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool slightly and serve together with butter and jam on the side.


  • Sugar: 14g
  • :
  • Calcium: 138mg
  • Calories: 335kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Cholesterol: 51mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 104mg
  • Protein: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 329mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 399IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I serve these scones with?

We have mentioned that you can use different fruit jams when serving scones. Scones are paired perfectly with clotted cream and jam. We love having these with fresh clotted cream and raspberry jam. However, you can also opt to serve them with Greek yogurt as a healthier option.

How to properly store scones?

Similar to biscuits and muffins, scones should be stored in an airtight container and placed inside the refrigerator. This way, the shelf life of the scone can be extended to at least 5 days. Refrigerating scones is very important especially if it has cream cheese or jam.



Scones and tea make for a delightful high-tea or brunch option. Make a batch and serve them next to an array of jams and some clotted cream, we're sure your guests will leave impressed.
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