Classic English Scones Recipe

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Almost a month in NYC and, as so beautifully predicted in my 10 reasons why I’ll miss the UK article, I am missing English scones. I went to my local supermarket and looked at what they had. Scones, yes. English, no. Also, they are savory. And not so much my cup of tea. Thus, I decided to make English scones myself and here’s the recipe!

As per making your own clotted cream, well… The English recipe requires heavy cream that is not ultra-pasteurized. Unfortunately, everything is ultra-pasteurized in the US so I had to find another way. That’s why I am also giving you the recipe for a faux clotted cream. Made in 10 minutes, eatable straight after and with ingredients easier to find.


For the scones
-340g self-raising flour
-85g butter
-50g sugar
-180ml milk
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp (pinch) salt
-1 egg yolk
-1 tsp vanila extract

For the faux clotted cream
-1 cup (130g) heavy cream
-1/3 cup (115g) sour cream
-1 tbsp (15g) sugar


1. Pre-heat the oven at 220°C (425°F). Leave the milk at room temperature.

2. Cut the butter in cubes. Mix with the flour until crumbs form.

3. Mix in the sugar, baking powder and salt.

4. Stir in the milk and vanilla.

5. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about a minute.

6. Flatten with a rolling pin. Cut circles using a cookie cutter (or a glass) that are 2 to 4 cm thick.

7. Put on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Coat with egg yolk.

8. Cook for 12 minutes.

9. For the faux clotted cream. Put together the heavy cream, sour cream and sugar into a bowl. Whip until tick.

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Do you love scones? Are they one of your favorite treat? Have you tried to make English scones yourself? What do you put first? Clotted cream or jam? What’s your favorite classic English recipe?

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  1. Candice
    May 29, 2019 / 6:05 pm

    I do love a good scone with cream and jam! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

    Candice x

  2. May 30, 2019 / 2:58 pm

    I’ll have to make these. I haven’t had a scone in ages. I’ve always liked them with different jams.

  3. May 30, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    I love scones and I baked it a few times myself but I don’t that they ever turned out as good as yours. Next time I’m for sure going to use your recipe. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  4. May 30, 2019 / 4:09 pm

    These look amazing! I’ve always loved scones but never actually knew how to make them. I always thought they were really complicated too but you made them sound easy. Would love to give them a go! X

  5. May 30, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    You gotta put the jam first so you can spread it and then dump a load of cream on! I really want some scones now, they are such a nice sweet treat!! x

  6. May 30, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    I do love scones and love that I can make them. These do look so delicious and they call for some lemon curd.

  7. May 30, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    I love baking but there are three things which never seem to go well for me; brownies (go so hard I normally have to chuck the tin too), Anzac biscuits (grow way too big to be classed as a biscuit) and scones (go as flat as a pancake). However, I love scones so I think I am going to have to attempt baking these again and think I will try with your recipe – never know hopefully they will work this time!

  8. May 30, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    These classic English scones look delicious! I have never made my own scones, but I have been wanting to try . This recipe makes it look super simple!

  9. May 30, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    omg your scones look delicious and perfect! I’ve baked scones before but the recipe was slightly different, will try yours for sure. Thanks a lot.

  10. May 30, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    The scones look fluffy and delicious. I definitely enjoy a tea and scones combo, it’s a great way to unwind. Thanks for sharing your recipe dear.

    Tx. // Tajinder Kaur

  11. May 30, 2019 / 11:31 pm

    I ALWAYS get to excited to read your baking receipes! Gonna have to check out your YouTube channel too? Scones seem like a delicate treat everyone must try! I’m glad you shared an authentic recipe, I’m from the U.S. so it’s fun to learn what people eat in other countries?

    Natonya |

  12. May 31, 2019 / 3:18 am

    I need to give this recipe a try! I love english scones so much and always been to scared to make them myself!

  13. Dalene Ekirapa
    May 31, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    Yes to scones! They also make up my favorite breakfast eats although I don’t make them at home. I’m always buying them! I think it’s about time I learnt how to make them too…thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. May 31, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    I love scones…not the american version. I like how you found a way to make these, especially the faux clotted creme. they look beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  15. May 31, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    Oh man, these look SO GOOD but I JUST started a diet, ugh. I may have to make these on one of my cheat days!

  16. May 31, 2019 / 1:59 pm

    I’ve never had a scone, but with ice cream and jam sounds really good!

  17. May 31, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    My husband loves scones and clotted cream! I will have to use this recipe to surprise him soon. I like that you have a shortcut for the cream, I know it normally takes forever to make!

  18. Mavs Escala
    May 31, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    Aww. This looks yummy. I am looking for something to bake this weekend and I saw this!

  19. Alexandra Cook
    June 1, 2019 / 1:09 am

    These look so thick and flaky! I would love to try these sometime!

  20. June 1, 2019 / 5:19 am

    OMG. Yum! These look so delicious!!!! I love all your pictures!!!

  21. June 1, 2019 / 4:10 pm

    Living in the US all my life, I’ve never had an authentic English scone. This recipe has been pinned so that one day soon I can try my hand at making them.

  22. June 2, 2019 / 2:04 am

    Great recipe! I lived in NY for 5yrs and missed them too. They have “biscuits” but it just the same

  23. June 2, 2019 / 3:50 am

    Omg these english scones look so good! Would love to make these for an afternood tea party i want to set up for a group of my gal friends.

  24. Sundeep
    June 5, 2019 / 5:39 am

    These classic English scones look so delicious. I never tried before love to try this at home this weekend

  25. S
    March 25, 2020 / 11:48 pm

    Is there supposed to liquid? Can’t kneed dry with such small amount of butter? Help

    • whatcorinnedid
      March 26, 2020 / 12:19 am

      It is not supposed to be liquid no. The dough must be slightly sticky but should hold together.

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