Best scones

    25 min

    After much trial and error, I've come up with this basic scone recipe which rivals the best.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 250g (9 oz) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 4 tablespoons margarine
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 125ml (4 fl oz) milk
    • 2 tablespoons milk

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
    2. Sift the flour, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl.
    3. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and enough milk to mix to a soft dough.
    4. Turn onto a floured surface, knead lightly and roll out to a 2cm thickness. Cut into 5cm rounds and place on the prepared baking tray. Brush with milk to glaze.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve with butter or clotted cream and jam.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. used self raising flour instead of plain half tsp of baking soda and 1tsp baking powder 30z of milk makes 8 Perfect scones enjoy  -  01 Aug 2010


    I don't know how the other guys handle the dough in this recipes, but I choose it anyway, despite the bad reviews because of the low fat content. Couple of tips for this recipes: 1)Do not "overub-in" the butter. Yes! please use butter for the flavour, instead of the margarine. 2)Make sure everything is extremely cold. 3)Do not knead the dough for more than 8-10 times, even when there are crumbs left behind, just pat them onto the dough when you shape it out on the cookie sheet. 4)Instead of cream of tartar and baking soda, add 2 tsps of baking powder. I made many many scones before, but never ever cut any of them into circles as suggested in recipes. Instead roll the dough out into a 6" circle and scour the circle into 6 triangles is my favourite method.  -  08 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is the only scone recipe you need! These turn out perfect every time and they're not loaded with fat like some scones. I make these with butter instead of margarine and I usually use 3 tablespoons of sugar instead of 2 (1/8 cup). Good additions are 1 tablespoon of orange zest and dried cranberries or 1/2 cup frozen blueberries.  -  20 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)