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  • Writer's pictureTea for Two


Updated: Sep 1, 2022

If you fancy serving an afternoon tea but want to keep it simple, why not put on a Cream Tea of just scones and tea instead. All you need are some English scones, cream, jam and butter. And conveniently we have a simple scones recipe right here!

Watch how to make them below:

Yields: 5 (6cm dia. each)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Baking Time: 17 minutes

Oven Temperature: 180°C (fan oven)



6cm dia. fluted cutter

sheet pan / baking tray



250g plain flour (10% protein)

15g baking powder

pinch salt

65g butter, cold

50g raisins or sultanas

44g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla paste or extract

1 egg

50ml whole milk

cream and jams to serve



Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven)

Step 1

In a measuring jug, crack 1 medium egg and then top it up with whole milk until you have a total of 100ml.

Step 2

To the same jug, add 44g caster sugar and 1 tsp vanilla and give it a good mix until all the sugar has dissolved. Reserve a small amount (between 10-20g) of the mixture in a separate bowl to use as egg wash later.

Step 3

In a large mixing bowl, sift together 250g plain flour, 15g baking powder and a pinch of salt.

Step 4

Add in 65g cold cubed butter and rub it into the flour mix until you have fine breadcrumbs.

Step 5

Add 50g raisins or sultanas and briefly mix that through the breadcrumbs.

Step 6

Then make a well in the centre of the bowl, pour in the wet ingredients, and bring it all together with a spatula.

Step 7

When the wet ingredients have been absorbed and the mixture has formed a shaggy dough, turn it out onto the work surface and gently squeeze it together until you have a smooth ball of dough.

Step 8

Roll the dough out to around 2.5cm or 1 inch thick and then cut out the scones with a fluted cutter.

Step 9

Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the scones on, leaving some space between each one.

Step 10

Let the scones rest for a couple of minutes before brushing on a thin layer of egg wash on the top.

Step 11

Bake at 180°C on the middle rack of the oven for 16-17 minutes until nicely risen and golden brown.


happy baking! X



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