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English Tea Scones

Buttery, crumbly, and delicious English Tea Scones that pair perfectly with a cup of tea, strawberry jam, and clotted cream.
The recipe makes 6 big scones, my recommendation is to make 8 smaller scones.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Diet Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nisha


for scones

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoon butter cold, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup raisins
  • cup buttermilk

for egg wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

for serving per person


Make the Dough

  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients - all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Add cubed cold butter to the dry ingredients.
  • Using a fork, mash the butter into the flour mix. You may need to use your hands to slightly work the dough.
  • The batter should be slightly crumbly.
  • Add buttermilk and raisins to the butter-flour mixture.
  • Using a spoon, mix well.
  • You will have to knead the dough slightly, do NOT over-knead so the butter doesn't melt, just enough until the dough forms. The dough will be sticky.

Form the Dough - 2 options

  • First option. You can roll out the dough. Dust the dough with some flour so you can roll it out easily.
  • Using a cookie cutter (I used a ½ cup measurement) - press the round into the dough. The thickness should be about 1-inch.
  • Second option (easier). I simply divided the dough into 6 parts. Just FYI - divide the dough into 8 parts will be better. I formed a dome-shaped ball in my hands. This option is easier. Place the rounds onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Make the egg wash by mixing 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of milk.
  • Using a pastry brush, top each round with egg wash. This will help form a golden crust.
  • Into the oven for 13-15 minutes at 425 degrees. The top will be slightly golden.
  • Scones are ready. Serve with tea, strawberry jam, and clotted cream.

How to eat scones and clotted cream?

  • Split a scone in half.
  • Top with strawberry jam.
  • Then top with clotted cream. You can find this brand at Whole Foods.
  • Top scone with the other half. Enjoy with tea!


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 3mg
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