All You Need to Know About Making The Best Scones Plus Recipes

  • 01 of 08

    Making Traditional British Scones is Easy

    Fresh Traditional Fruit Scones. malcolm park - Getty Images

    The classic British scone is one of our all-time favorite baked goods. No self-respecting Afternoon Tea would ever be served without them. Try visiting Devon or Cornwall and not be tempted to a Cream Tea of delicious scones, jam, and clotted cream.

     Whipping up a batch of scones takes no time at all; they are so simple to make, yet many shy away. One reason has to be the fierce competition which surrounds the classic scone. Are they light enough, have they risen well, are they crumbly ... and on...MORE and on?
    In this essential guide, discover the hints and tips to help you on your way, and recipes for different flavors of scones, all popular and a great starting point. A scone is a lovely thing not least that it lends itself to many unusual flavors both sweet and savory.

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  • 02 of 08

    5 Tips for Making Perfect Scones Every Time

    Traditional Scones. Elaine Lemm

    As I said already, making scones is not difficult. There are just a few tips that will help you to perfect yours. Here are 5 of my top tips.  There is nothing challenging, just a few simple tricks which when applied will transform your scone making. Give them a go, you may be well impressed.

    • 5 Top Tips for Making the Perfect Scone
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  • 03 of 08

    The Classic Scone Recipe

    Freshly Baked Scones. 175592486 - Getty Images

    Sweet or savory homemade scones for afternoon tea (or anytime you fancy a treat) can be made both quickly and easily, as this classic scone recipe shows.

    The classic scone is plain and unadorned making it perfect for the addition of many different flavors and ingredients (as you can see below). The plain scone is also wonderful with freshly made jams and even a little whipped or clotted cream.

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  • 04 of 08

    Fruity Scones Recipe

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    If you think the classic scone is lovely, then try the fruit version. A traditional fruit scone would be made with a mixture of dried fruits, and most commonly sultanas.

    Although there are traditional dried fruits in this recipe, but you do not need to stop there. How about dried cherries, cranberries, dates, figs? You decide. 

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  • 05 of 08

    Traditional Cheese Scone Recipe

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    Savory home made cheese scones are delicious as a snack, with a cuppa or as part of an afternoon tea. This recipe has grated cheddar cheese, but you can make whatever flavor you wish though you may want to avoid very soft cheeses as they melt too quickly. Stick to the slightly firmer cheeses like Cheddar or Cheshire, or the really hard types such as Parmesan, which, with the addition of buttermilk makes an unusual and delicious scone.

    Traditional Cheese Scone Recipe

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  • 06 of 08

    Accompaniments to Scones.

    Home Made Jam. Photo © Moment Open

    It is quite simple really. Butter, a must on all. For a traditional cream tea jam and cream, particularly clotted cream is absolute.  Whether you put jam on first, or cream depends on where you eat your cream tea.

    What is the Difference between a Cornish and Devon Cream Tea

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  • 07 of 08

    When is a Scone not a Scone?

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    A classic scone is as you can see in all the previous pages. However in the Britain and Ireland, there are recipes called scones, but not as we know them ordinarily.

    Traditional Scottish Tattie Scones Recipe

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  • 08 of 08

    Making Traditional Scones Video

    Scones Jam and Cream.

    For additional help in your scone making, take a look at this short, snappy video for a super quick method of making scones.

    Making Scones with Julia Cranston