Basic British Scones

Basic British Scones


"After much trial and error, I've come up with this basic scone recipe which rivals the scones at Tea & Sympathy in NYC."


25 m servings 124 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 124 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 4.2 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.8g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 134 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, cream of tartar, baking 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 3/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch rounds and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with milk to glaze.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve with butter or clotted cream and jam.
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  1. 248 Ratings


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 "ove...

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 ta...

Finally! The perfect scone recipe. And easy. Forget the creme recipes & stuff. I substituted butter and baked at 450 for 12-15 minutes and added a tad more sugar. Also- roll out thick becau...

These were quick and easy to make. I had planned to add some blueberries, but when I saw the dough was pretty dense I was afraid they would get all broken up if I tried to mix them in. I also ...

Very Delicious! I made first batch straight off of the recipe and it was perfect: light and airy scone, not heavy like others. Second time I made it I made 4 large scone: 1 plain, 1 with dried c...

Very good! I made these for my Scottish friends and they loved them. I added mini-chocolate chips to one batch and raspberry jam to another. They took a little longer to bake than the recipe ...

Thanks Angela! Very easy to make and a great basic scone. I made mine with half whole wheat and butter. I think these are lighter than those at Tea & Sympathy, and therefore better for my diet....

These were absolutely delicious! Very easy to make, too. I tried sprinkling some cinnamon and sugar on top before I baked them, and that came out quite well.

These are great! I think I'll probably double the recipe next time since they went so fast. I improvised a little by mixing strawberry jam in half the dough and chocolate chips in the the othe...