This Easy Scones Recipe will ensure your afternoon tea or cream tea is just like being at a tea house in England. These light and fluffy scones are irresistibly good.
This simple English scone recipe will hit the spot if you’re craving some tender scones with clotted cream and jam! English scones are such a delight. Warm and soft inside that makes just the right base for almost any topping or add-in.
My family generally makes scones with chocolate chips. Some of our other favorite flavors are cranberry/craisin and orange, lemon, and just plain.
Slathering on a homemade jam, or clotted cream takes this scrumptious baked treat up another notch. The delicious flavor combinations are endless!
Tips for Making Light & Fluffy Scones
One thing to make sure of before starting is that your butter is cold. I’d suggest putting it in the fridge before you make this recipe. It is crucial that the butter is cold, because when the dough is baking the butter will melt inside the scone and leave a perfect buttery and flaky scone.
This will also help your scones rise higher. For this reason you can even chill the dough again before baking to ensure that the butter is cold.
When you are mixing the buttermilk into the dough, add the buttermilk in small quantities. Much like pie dough, the scone dough should form a somewhat crumbly dough. Adding too much buttermilk would make the final product tough.
Adding Fruit to Scones
There are many different ways you can change up these scones, if you want. Some of our favorite additions are:
- Dried cranberries
- Lemon zest
- Chocolate chips
If you decide to add fruit to this recipe, it’s best to use dehydrated fruit, like raisins or dried cranberries. Fresh fruit, with the exception of berries, usually contains too much water, which will change the consistency of the scones.
Mixing in chocolate chunks also adds a sweet twist to this classic. Just make sure to take into account the sugar content of the chocolate and add less sugar if you don’t want a super sweet scone.
Can I Freeze These Scones?
The dough of this recipe freezes well. Once all ingredients are combined you can freeze it in a sealed plastic bag. Make sure that when bringing the dough back up to temperature that you do not use a microwave as this will compromise the texture of the dough.
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- 250 g plain flour
- 10 g baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 50 g butter
- 25 g sugar
- 5 oz buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt through a sieve into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the cold cubed butter to the mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter, incorporate the butter into the flour until it is in small crumbs.
- Add sugar and stir until well combined. You can also add dried fruit, like raisins or cranberries, at this stage, if desired.
- Mix buttermilk into the dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. Do not overwork.
- Press or roll out the dough onto a floured cutting board. The dough should be 2 cm thick.
- Using a round cookie cutter, cut out 8 scones, being careful not to twist the cutter.
- Place the scones on the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the scones with milk.
- Bake for 12-15 mins until golden brown.