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plain scone filled with jam and cream sat on a wire cooling rack with a teaspoon on a blob of strawberry jam in the fore and a jam jar behind

Easy Plain Scones

This recipe for Plain Scones delivers, soft and fluffy scones just perfect for a cream tea. Absolutely delicious and made entirely with store cupboard ingredients.

Course cake
Cuisine English
Keyword plain scones,scones
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 413 kcal


  • 500 grams self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 125 grams unsalted butter soft/room temperature
  • 225 mls milk semi skimmed/full fat
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5

  2. Firstly add the cubed butter to your flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. You can make scones in a food processor if you have one, using the food processor to rub in the butter, mix the sugar and then bring the whole lot together with the addition of the milk and egg into a dough.

  3. If not using a food processor then use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until it all looks like breadcrumbs. 

  4. Add your sugar and stir through.

  5. Add the milk and egg. Stir it all in with a flat bladed knife until it forms a kind of shaggy dough.

  6. I then use my hands to really get it all together and into a smoother dough. Lush.

  7. Try not to knead the dough too much and place it on a very lightly floured surface. Roll it all out as level as possible to 3 cm depth. I only very lightly roll it as the lighter your touch, the lighter the scone. You know it makes sense.

  8. I use an 8 cm cutter as I like my scones on the larger size. This mixture will give you about 8 of them. I dip it in flour and make sure I only press straight down when I use it.

  9. Place them on a lined baking tray. I use a silicone reusable liner but otherwise simply grease your tray with butter. Keep gently bringing the off cuts together and roll levelly out again until all the dough is used up. You may have to press the last scone dough actually into the cutter itself as it may be too small to cut out.

  10. I also sit them about 1 cm apart from each other on the tray. This helps the sides to remain softer and not crisp up too much.

  11. I brush the top of the scones with a little milk and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

  12. Remove from the tray and cool on a wire cooling rack.

  13. Apply To Jammy Face

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Plain Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 470IU9%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.