These delicious Classic British Scones are perfect to serve with coffee or tea and make a great dessert. In fact, they are so simple to make that you can easily rustle up a batch to serve to unexpected and last-minute guests.
Hello Kenarry friends, it’s Sam here from A Happy Home In Holland back again to share another one of my easy recipes.
These classic British scones are one of my mum’s tried and true recipes and remind me of my childhood in England.
In England, nothing says summer more than a garden party or a high tea! It’s the perfect opportunity to bring out your best china.
Serve a plate of delicious classic British scones.
Serve them with a dollop of clotted cream (or whipped cream if you can’t find clotted), a spoonful of your best jam and some sweet fresh strawberries!
The combination is divine and it’s pretty much guaranteed that your guests will be showering you with compliments and asking for the recipe.
What is Clotted Cream?
Clotted cream has the consistency of cream cheese. It’s spreadable and in England is traditionally served on scones.
The difference between clotted cream and whipped cream is this: clotted cream is thick and not as sweet. Whipped cream is light, fluffy, and often sweeter.
It takes about 3 days to make clotted cream. This recipe is very thorough and explains it really well if you want to try and make some.
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Kitchen tools and supplies:
These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.
What shape are classic British scones?
Traditionally, British scones are shaped just like American biscuits. But in America, you will often find scones in coffee shops shaped like triangles.
Are Scones the Same as Biscuits?
No, they are not the same thing, even though they might look the same on the outside. Biscuits tend to have flaky layers. Whereas scones are denser and crumble in your mouth.
Scones have more crumbs and are a thicker pastry. They are slightly dryer than biscuits, which is why they taste so amazing with coffee and fresh jam.
Classic British Scones Recipe
- Mesh Strainer
- 21/2 inch Cookie Cutter
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/5 cup Butter cubed
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp lukewarm milk
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1/3 cup sultanas or golden raisins optional
- Preheat the oven to 450°F (425°F if using a fan oven).
- Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl.
- Add butter and using fingertips rub into flour until you get a fine breadcrumb consistency.
- Pour in milk (save a little bit to brush the top) and mix to a soft but not sticky dough (if too sticky add more flour).
- On a floured surface, press dough to 3/4″ thickness.
- Use a 2 1/2″ round cookie cutter and cut out 4 rounds.
- Re-ball the dough and press down again, then cut 2 more rounds.
- Put the rounds on a greased baking tray and brush the tops with the milk.
- Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 7 to 10 minutes until the scones are well risen and golden.
I hope that you like this recipe and that you take the time to try it because I am pretty sure you will, just like me, add it to your favourite basic recipe list.
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Post updated September 2019.