Those with British heritage are blessed with family scone recipes passed through the generations. For the rest, it is a challenge to find a good recipe that is easy, reliable, adaptable and heart-healthy.
This recipe is super easy to make with only 4 ingredients. Start with the basic and then explore a number of variations.
The Ultimate Magic Scone Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. frozen grated butter
- ½ cup cold milk
- Sift the dry ingredients 3 times into a large bowl. Rub the frozen grated butter into the dry ingredients until it feels like sand. Add enough milk just until you get a sticky dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board, lightly flour the top. Knead very gently once, then fold and turn the kneaded dough 3 or 4 times until the dough has formed a smooth texture. Pat the dough into a rectangle about 6” x 12”, then fold into thirds.
- Using a well-floured 2” biscuit cutter, make 6 x 2” rounds. You can get 2 more scones from the scraps but they won’t be as tender. Alternatively, use a well-floured sharp knife to form wedges.
- You can either brush the top of the scones with milk or lightly flour.
- Bake on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes until the scones are lightly coloured on the tops. Immediately place onto cooling rack to stop the cooking process.
- Traditionally served with clotted cream and preserves, try a healthier option of non fat plain greek yoghurt with your favorite preserves.
- Buttermilk – replace the milk with buttermilk, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, increase the fat to 4 tablespoons, in Step 3
- Cream – replace milk with cream, add ¼ tsp. of baking soda to the dry ingredients and glaze with cream
- Whole wheat– replace half of the plain flour with whole wheat flour.
- Pumpkin: add 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. baking soda to dry ingredients, add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, adding only enough milk to make sticky dough.
- Chocolate – add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients and add 1/4 plain yoghurt to the wet.
- Glazed– lightly brush preserves on scones before baking to create a sweet glaze
- Dried Fruit – add ¼ cup dried fruit (e.g. sultanas, raisins, currents, cranberries, cherries etc) and 1 tablespoon (15 gm) sugar.
- Fresh/Frozen Berries – add 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen fruit, finely chopped.
- Whole wheat and fruit – replace half of the plain flour with whole wheat flour
- Cheese and Chive: add ½ teaspoon tsp. cayenne , 1/4 -1/2 cup grated cheese and 2 tbsp. of fresh herbs.
- Herb – include 3 tablespoons of finely chopped herbs (such as parsley, dill, chives etc) to the dry ingredients.
Downton's Mock Clotted Cream
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese room temperature
- 1 tbsp. icing sugar to taste
- In a bowl, using an electric mixer beat the cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. On medium speed add the mascarpone and sugar and beat until incorporated.
- Taste, then adjust with more sugar if needed. Serve at once.