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A white plate with English scones and a spoon of marmelade. One of the scones is halved and has clotted cream and strawberry jam on it. There's a small white bowl of clotted cream with a spoon and a jar of strawberry jam in the background.
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5 from 44 votes

English Scones Recipe

Easy English Scones Recipe - perfect for entertaining guests and super fast and easy to make! You can make the scones in advance and freeze them.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8
Calories: 259kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (320g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 stick cold butter (85g)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk (175ml)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In a large bowl mix flour with the salt, baking powder, and sugar. Add the butter, then rub it in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  • Heat up the milk on the stove until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and put it in the oven. 
  • Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture and combine them quickly with a fork. 
  • Scatter some flour on 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. Don't overwork the dough. Pat into a round about 1.5-inch (4cm) high.
  • Use a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter and plunge into the dough, repeat until all the dough is used. You should get 8 scones.
  • Brush the tops with egg wash, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-15 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 for a few minutes until warm.


Calories: 259kcal