Corner Café

February 12, 2011

Basic Scones

Filed under: Basics,Breads & Quick Breads — SeaDragon @ 12:00 am
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Makes approx. 6 to 10 scones depending on size

300g (2 cups) self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
75g butter, cubed
40g (2 tablespoons) caster sugar
180ml (3/4 cup) milk, adjust as necessary

1 egg, beaten for glazing

To serve:
clotted cream
strawberry or raspberry jam
1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add sugar and stir through.

Rub in mixture.

2. Add about 125ml (1/2 cup) milk first to the mixture and use a bread knife to mix into a dry dough. Gradually and slowly add more milk until a soft dough forms (you may need less or more milk than specified).
3. Turn the dough to a lightly floured bench, knead lightly (just a few strokes) and then pat it out so the surface is smooth. Roll out, using a rolling pin, to about 2cm thick (this will make about 6 scones of about 4cm tall after baking, or if you roll out thinner you will get a few more scones). Using a 7cm or 8cm round cutter, cut out rounds and place on lined or greased baking tray; try to place them close together so they will rise more evenly and also keep them moist. Re-roll any scraps of dough and cut to use all the dough. Brush tops with beaten egg (or brush with milk if preferred).

The 4 on the top left-hand corner were rolled out to 2cm thick, the top-right and the bottom two were the re-rolled scraps which I rolled thinner (for comparison purposes) to 1cm thick, the wonky middle-right one was the final leftover bit of the dough.

4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until well-risen and golden brown on top. Cool for 5 minutes, then split them and serve warm with clotted cream and jam.



To save time and effort, make up 1 kg of rubbed in scone mixture using 1 kg self-raising flour and 250g butter. Store in plastic bags for up to 3 months in the refrigerator. To use, simply weigh out required quantity.

Taste: Moist scones with a crispy top
Consume: Best served warm
Storage: Keep under cover for up to 24 hours
Recipe Reference(s): ‘Devonshire Scones’ recipe by English food writer Mary Berry


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    Pingback by Basic Scones « Corner Café » Your Recipe Database — February 12, 2011 @ 1:03 am | Reply

  2. to save time I usually melt my butter. I cant say that it makes any noticable difference to the finished product. Is there a reason for the rubbing in vs melted? or is it something we have ‘always’ done?

    Comment by perigrine — February 12, 2011 @ 6:03 am | Reply

  3. Hmmm, I’ve never tried with melted butter. With rub-in method, it is to produce a sort of ‘flakiness’ to the scones and so they can be split easily by hand after baking without having to cut with a knife. But as I’ve never done it with melted butter, I wouldn’t have a clue if they can be split easily as well. Maybe you can let me know.

    Comment by SeaDragon — February 12, 2011 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

    • they seem to be the same. Back in the old days I used to rub the butter in, then I read somewhere about melting it to save time and tried it. Perhaps one day I’ll experiment with a batch and do half rubbed in, and half melted, to see if there IS a difference.

      Comment by perigrine — February 12, 2011 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

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