Classic English Scones – These deliciously fluffy scones are perfect served warm or cold with clotted cream and jam. Pair with your morning cup of tea for an indulgent breakfast!
Classic English Scones
One of my favourite things to have for breakfast is a scone (or two!), spread with some strawberry jam, and a dollop of clotted cream. I pair with my morning cup of tea for a totally comforting breakfast.
So, today I bring you my Classic English Scones recipe!
English scones are made differently from American scones, and instead of being stiff and dry, they are light, fluffy and soft.
They’re absolutely delightful, and a must-try.
These scones are super quick and easy to throw together, and only require a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home!
These can be made by hand, or for quick preparation, you can use a food processor.
Ingredients you’ll need
Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these scones. You can find my recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list with their amounts.
- plain or all-purpose flour
- caster or granulated sugar
- baking powder
- unsalted butter
- buttermilk (makes for extra moist scones!)
- vanilla extract
Simple ingredients = DELICIOUS scones!
What I love about this recipe is that these scones are freezer-friendly. I like to make a few batches, keep them in the freezer (for up to 3 months), and when ready to eat, simply leave them out overnight (in the fridge or at room temperature).
Perfect for a quick breakfast, or for entertaining guests the next day. Leftover scones can also be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you like your freshly baked scones though, you can make the dough as instructed, wrap in clingfilm, and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months!
How to make Classic English Scones
To make these scones by hand, simply whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Using your fingers, a fork, or a pastry cutter, combine the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. You may also use a food processor for this step.
Add the buttermilk and vanilla, and mix until a soft dough is formed. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to a thickness of 1-inch (2.5cm).
Grab a 2-inch (5cm) fluted or round cookie cutter, dip it in flour, and cut out circles from the dough. You should get about 8 – 12 circles, after re-rolling.
Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, brush the tops with extra buttermilk, and bake for about 15 minutes until risen and golden brown.
Serve warm or cold with clotted cream and jam, or simply spread on some butter!
The printable recipe card with the FULL list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.
NOTE: For best results, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup measurements.
Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough, and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.
These Classic English Scones are:
- incredibly light, fluffy, and soft
- quick and easy to throw together
- delicious served warm OR cold
- freezer-friendly – perfect for making ahead of time!
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and hashtag it #marshasbakingaddiction. I’d love to see!
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This was first posted on Julie’s Eats & Treats, where I am a contributor.
Demeter | Beaming Baker
Friday 23rd of February 2018
Oh my gosh, Marsha, these scones looks incredible! It's been a good, long while since I've visited England, but now you've got me craving another trip... if not just to stop by your kitchen and pick up a few scones. ;) Lovely photos as always. Wishing you an amazing weekend ahead! xoxo
Friday 23rd of February 2018
Thanks, Demeter! :) xoxo