Secrets to Making the Best Scones


  1. Use BUTTER, not margarine.
  2. Use buttermilk, not milk.
  3. When rolling out dough keep it fairly thick – maybe 3/4 inch. If they are too thin, you cannot cut in half to add cream and jam!

English Scone:English Scones Recipe

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Sift 6 ingredients above. Rub in 1 stick (4 oz) butter.

In a small bowl wisk together 1 egg, 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk and zest of 1 orange OR 1 lemon. Add to dry ingredients and blend together with a fork. Put in a zip lock bag and let rest in the fridge 1 hour, or even overnight. Remove from fridge and let warm up for 1/2 an hour.

Heat oven to 375. Roll out and cut 1 3/4-inch or 2-inch circles with a cookie cutter. Place on a greased and floured pan. Cook for 20 mins or until light brown. Cool for 10-15 mins before serving.

Serve with butter and jam or cream and jam. Makes 15 approx. scones.

You can put dough in a round pie pan and cut into 8 wedges but it will take longer to cook as these are bigger. The round scones are the most traditional but with this much butter will spread so you can group them together to touch. For less spreading reduce butter by 1 oz. Many scones recipes have less butter or fat than this one but go stale very quickly. With more butter they keep longer. 1/2 cup of currants or raisins make a nice addition.

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