How to Make the Perfect Scones

Scones are a classic baked good that have been enjoyed for centuries, and for good reason! These treats are delicious and perfect for breakfast, brunch,  an afternoon tea party or as snacks. They are simple to make and can be customized with a variety of flavors and add-ins. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make  basic scones step by step.


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract (if using).
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Use a fork to stir until the dough comes together in large clumps.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it comes together into a smooth ball.
  7. Flatten the ball into a disc about 3cm Use a sharp knife or a biscuit cutter to cut the disc into 8-10 wedges or rounds.
  8. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, leaving a few inches of space between each one.
  9. Brush the tops of the scones with a little butter.
  10. Bake the scones for 18-20 minutes, or until they are lightly golden on top and firm to the touch.
  11. Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  12. Serve with a cup of tea
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Tips on making scones:

  • For a sweeter scone, you can add an additional tablespoon or two of sugar to the dough.
  • To make mini scones, use a smaller biscuit cutter or cut the dough into smaller pieces.
  • To freeze the scones, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container in the freezer. To reheat, leave them to rest at room temperature and warm in the oven for a few minutes.
  • If you don’t have milk, you can use lacto sour milk or natural yoghurt instead.

Try this recipe and share a plate of warm, buttery scones with your loved ones.


How to bake the perfect scones