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Actually fast, basic plain scones you’ll make repeatedly. Comfortable and fluffy insides, golden tops, serve them with copious quantities of jam and cream for the final word basic afternoon expertise.

Close up of a plain scone with jam and cream being held up high, stacked on top of another scone.

Maybe the only of all baked items on this whole world, the common-or-garden scone certainly conjures up fond recollections for each Aussie. Gatherings with household and pals, faculty bake gross sales, fundraising morning teas at work, a quaint little cafe within the Southern Highlands, or your grandmother’s kitchen.

Your grandmother, not mine. Mine lived in Tokyo and hated cooking. I’d have died of shock if she ever baked something. (Or refused to eat it out of suspicion 😂).

A pile of plain scones on a soft tea towel.


That is how I make plain scones. They’re smooth and fluffy on the within, with the signature “flaky folds” whenever you break it open, and a golden rustic-but-not-too-rustic golden high:

Meals processor. Self elevating flour and chilly butter – blitz eight seconds. Add milk – blitz eight seconds till ball varieties.

Flip dough out, knead calmly 10 occasions (no extra), calmly roll throughout the highest to easy floor. Lower scones out, bake 12 minutes.

No egg. No lard. No cream. No sugar. Why complicate one thing that’s already good?

Preparation steps for how to make plain scones

Preparation steps for how to make plain scones

Scones on a tray, ready for baking


“Meals processor?”, I hear traditionalists gasp in shock.

Sure. (She says firmly). Meals processor. Not solely is it sooner with actually zero effort, it eliminates a number of “threat components” in relation to making scones and the dough comes collectively higher. Softer and smoother, which implies your scones could have a smoother high in comparison with handmade ones.

Right here’s a comparability of the finger-rubbing methodology vs meals processor. They’re just about equivalent by way of rise and fluffy-factor, however the floor of the meals processor scone is noticeably smoother.

Not that there’s something mistaken with a country high on scones. Scones are, in any case, humble and rustic meals, not meant to seem like one thing from a Michelin star patisserie. 🙂

Comparison of scones made using a food processor vs rubbing butter in with fingers


In case you’ve ever ended up with scones so exhausting you had been tempted to take them all the way down to the baseball subject, likelihood is both the butter within the dough melted earlier than the scones obtained to the oven, or the dough was overworked.

The meals processor makes the dough a 2 step course of that takes lower than 30 seconds and there’s no uncertainty about when the dough is completed – it’s manifestly apparent as a result of it turns from crumbs right into a ball of dough.

No threat of the butter softening an excessive amount of as a result of your my sizzling little fingers are taking too lengthy to rub the butter in.

No threat of kneading the dough means an excessive amount of as a result of it’s taking foreeeever for the flour to include.

No threat of pounding the dough into submission so you’ll be able to lower scones out.

All you need to know is to take your finger off the BLITZ button the second you see a ball being blasted round in your meals processor (watch the video, it’s useful!) and your scones will all the time come out like THIS (minus the small chubby fingers in fact):

Close up of a plain golden scone being held by fingers.


It alarms me that I really feel like I may write a whole essay on scones, so I’m restraining myself and summarising remaining suggestions on your new scone making life.

Preparation of plain scones - cutting scones from dough

Push straight up and down, don’t twist. Keep away from touching / smearing the edges of the lower scones. This helps the scones rise straight.


Resist the urge to twist – I really feel like my hand all the time desires to twist when urgent the cutter into the dough. Resist the urge. Push straight down and pull straight again up. This may guarantee your scones rise and so they rise straight, not wonky.

Don’t easy the edges as soon as lower – For a similar purpose as above. So when dealing with the lower scones, minimise touching the lower sides.

Kneading – Many recipes strenuously say to not knead scones in any respect, saying it makes them robust. So for years, I adopted that rule religiously and all the time ended up with extraordinarily rustic trying (ie very nubbly throughout) and very often wonky scones, many with cracks as a result of the dough wasn’t introduced collectively right into a easy ball.

Then sooner or later, I made a decision to check it out – see how exhausting and quick the No-Knead rule was. Seems, scones can take kneading. I discovered that with 10 mild kneads, this doesn’t have an effect on the fluffiness, rise or softness of scones in any respect. They usually look sooo a lot nicer – smoother floor, extra even rising.

So 10 kneads. That’s my rule!

No egg – Tried it with and with out (facet by facet batch), a recipe from a really well-known British Chef (whom I like dearly so will stay unnamed). No egg is significantly softer and fluffier inside. Which is to be anticipated – as a result of egg binds however removes moisture from baked items.

OUR scones don’t seem like this! Errr…. guessing you’re from American or Canada. 🙂 What you recognize as scones are lower like pizza wedges from a spherical disc and are often flavoured and sometimes glazed. So no, your scones don’t seem like ours! BOTH are delish. 🙂

Hold on…..however are these BISCUITS??? That’s biscuits, as they’re identified in America. A southern basic, fabulous with grits, sausage gravy and eggs. And a comparability of this humble Aussie scone recipe with this New York Instances biscuits recipe, it might appear they’re certainly the identical factor – simply used for various functions. 🙂

So how do you serve scones? With copious quantities of of jam and cream, with espresso and tea. I do know not of some other means. 🤷🏻‍♀️

An afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, with coffee and tea.

The nice Aussie scone. Quaint consolation meals that can by no means exit of vogue.

Apparently, somebody advised me the opposite day that apparently there’s a Nice Debate within the UK about whether or not jam or cream ought to be dolloped on first. The considered cream first then dolloping jam on the cream by no means even crossed my thoughts!

Somebody, please clarify!! 😂 – Nagi x

Photo of plain scones on a small white plate with one split open, piled high with jam and cream, ready to be eaten.


Tremendous fast and straightforward basic plain scone recipe made utilizing a meals processor (see notes for no meals processor). No pointless further elements, these are fantastically fluffy with a golden dome with an additional smooth crumb as a result of it’s made with out egg. Serve with copious quantities of jam and cream! Recipe video beneath.

  • three cups / 450g self elevating flour ((Notice 1))
  • 80 g / three ozcold salted butter (, lower into 1 cm / 2/5" cubes (Notice 2))
  • 1 cup / 250 ml milk, fridge chilly (Notice 2)
  • Further flour (, for dusting)
  • Further milk (, for brushing)


  • Strawberry jam ((or different of alternative))
  • 250 ml / 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • half tsp vanilla extract ((optionally available))
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/390F (normal) or 180C/350F (fan / convection).

  2. Place flour in meals processor, then butter. Blitz on excessive for eight seconds till it resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. Pour milk all around the flour (don’t pour in a single place). Blitz for six to eight seconds on excessive till the crumbs flip into ball(s).
  4. Switch dough onto work floor, scrape out residual bits within the meals processor.
  5. Knead calmly not more than 10 occasions simply to carry the dough collectively into one easy ball, then pat down right into a 2 cm / four/5″ thick disc. Mud with further flour if needed (I don’t want it).
  6. Non-compulsory: Calmly roll throughout the highest with a rolling pin to easy the highest.
  7. Dip a 5 cm / 2″ spherical cutter into Further Flour.
  8. Plunge cutter straight down and again out into dough – don’t twist. Repeat throughout disc.
  9. Take away extra dough from round scones, then fastidiously switch scones onto baking tray, taking care to not smear / press the lower sides. (Notice four)
  10. Collect collectively dough scraps and repeat. I get 10 scones in whole.
  11. Brush tops calmly with milk. (Non-compulsory)
  12. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes till the highest is golden and it sounds hole when tapped.
  13. Take away from oven, then switch onto dish towel and wrap loosely (makes high smooth).
  14. As soon as cooled to heat (10 – 15 minutes), serve heat.
  15. Custom is to separate the scone with palms (no knife!), slather with jam and dollop on cream.


  1. Whip cream, sugar and vanilla till smooth peaks type. Makes 2 cups of whipped cream.

1. Self elevating flour is simply plain / all function flour with baking powder already in it. Make your personal by measuring out three cups of plain flour, then take away 6 tsp of the flour and add 6 tsp of baking powder.

2. Or use unsalted and add 1/four tsp salt.

three. Full fats is greatest, low fats okay, zero% fats not beneficial.

four. This helps guarantee most rise and in addition that they rise straight. Anybody else ever expertise wonky scones? 🙂

5. NO FOOD PROCESSOR: Make this the normal means by rubbing the butter into the flour along with your fingertips or a pastry cutter, till it resembles breadcrumbs like within the video / photographs. Then stir milk in utilizing a butter knife – you’ll most likely want an additional 2 tbsp of milk in any other case the dough is just too dry.

6. Supply: I’m undecided the place I initially obtained the recipe from, most likely Womens Weekly or style.com.au, it’s a fairly normal fundamental scone recipe. Nevertheless, since that point, my steps, the directions and suggestions are positively my very own, from baking many batches of scones over time!

7. Scones are most positively greatest served heat. Reheat in microwave – simply 10 sec for 1, about 20 sec for all of them. For reheating within the oven, wrap in foil then bake at 160C/320F for five minutes.

eight. Vitamin per scone, excluding jam and cream (as a result of I can’t be held chargeable for how a lot you pile on!)



Of course I didn’t give him a whole scone piled excessive with jam and cream…… I imply, that face? I can completely resist.

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Updated: April 27, 2018 — 8:52 am

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