Easy Sweet or Savoury Scones

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Makes approx. 6 scones

  • 225g (8oz) self raising flour
  • 40g (1.4oz) softened butter or margarine
  • 1 and a half tbsp caster sugar (for sweet scones)
  • pinch of salt
  • 110ml (3.7 fl. oz) milk

Suggestions for sweet scones:

  • half cup of dried fruit
  • half cup of dried cherries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • half cup of choc chips

Suggestions for savoury scones:

  • cheese and onion
  • bacon and cheese
  • semidried tomatoes
  • half cup of olives


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°c/ gas mark 7/ 430°f.
  2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until it has a sandy texture and all butter is incorporated.
  3. Stir in the sugar and the salt (if making savoury scones, leave out the sugar).
  4. Add any extra ingredients into the flour mix, such as dried fruit or cheese, etc, then add the milk and mix through with a fork.
  5. Flour a bench and tip the dough out onto the floured surface. Knead the dough very briefly until smooth, then roll it out to about 2.5-3cm (about 1 inch) thickness.
  6. Cut the dough using a round pastry cutter. Dip the cutter in flour first to prevent the dough from sticking to it. Place the cut scones onto a floured tray.
  7. Brush the top of the scones with some milk and put into the oven for about 15 minutes. The scones should rise and become golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Serve either warm or cold with your choice of butter, jam, cream, etc!

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