Easy and Perfect Scones Recipe


  • 3 ¼ cups plain flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (very cold)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (very cold)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp granulated sugar


  1. Prepare the Dry Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the plain flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda. Use a fork to mix these dry ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Incorporate the Butter:
    • Grate the very cold butter using a kitchen grater directly into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
    • Use a fork to combine the grated butter with the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Chill the Mixture:
    • Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to keep the butter cold.
  4. Add the Buttermilk:
    • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Gradually add the very cold buttermilk to the mixture while stirring with a fork. Do not overmix; the dough should not be fully combined at this point.
  5. Form the Dough:
    • Lightly flour your working surface with about 1 tablespoon of flour.
    • Pour the dough onto the floured surface. It will still be a bit crumbly.
    • Use your hands to gently combine the dough until it forms a rough rectangle.
  6. Laminate the Dough:
    • Use a dough cutter to cut the rectangle in half.
    • Place one half on top of the other and gently press down.
    • Roll the dough out to a 1 cm thick rectangle using a rolling pin.
  7. Cut the Scones:
    • Use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough into desired shapes. Gather any scraps, reshape, and cut again until all the dough is used.
  8. Prepare for Baking:
    • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
    • Place the cut scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown on top.
  10. Serve:
    • Allow the scones to cool slightly before serving. They can be enjoyed plain, with butter, jam, or clotted cream.

Enjoy your perfectly baked English scones!

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