Simple Sweet Scone Recipe (British Style)

This is the most authentic, traditional scone recipe I've ever used.  It reminds me of the little coffee shop where we'd go have tea and scones in the little village we used to live in.

Simple Sweet Scones
 Oven: 425 degrees 

2 cups unbleached flour

1/4 t. salt

2 T. baking powder

1 stick or 8 T. unsalted butter
(you can use salted and don't add salt)

1/4 cup granulated sugar or honey

1/4 cup milk (as needed)

The easiest way to mix these up is in a food processor.
In the processor bowl, place your flour, salt and baking powder. Pulse.
Cut your very cold butter into 8 pieces and add to the flour mixture.
Pulse again until the mixture resembles large crumbs or pea size clumps.
At this point sprinkle in the sugar (or not).  Pulse.
Now is the fun part.  Add 1/8 cup of the milk and pulse until the small clumps become one big ball of dough (adding more milk as necessary).  The ball of dough should come together and roll around the processor noisily.
After your dough has reached this stage, remove and knead one or two times on a floured surface.  Not too much kneading as that can make them tough and melt the butter.
Roll out to about 1 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut out with cookie cutter (shape of your choice).
Cut your dough into two even pieces and roll them into circles.
Cut each circle into 8-10 triangles, like cutting a pie.

Arrange your scones closely on a clean cookie sheet.
You may sprinkle with sugar or brush with egg white at this point (optional).

Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool completely before serving to children.
Top with whipped cream and jam or lemon curd.
Also great with a cup of coffee the next morning!


  1. Beautiful scones, Sarah. It has me in the mood for a cuppa tea with you.

  2. Awesome recipe. I made this with three little children and had a "tea party" for them. Altogether a wonderful and surprisingly easy snack. :)