Classic scones

Making your own fluffy fruit scones is so easy with this quick and simple recipe. Make a batch to share with family and friends at the weekend. Jam first or cream is up to you.


  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 75g salted butter
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 55g raisins or sultanas
  •  1 egg, beaten
  •  90ml buttermilk or milk


    1. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture looks like flaky breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and raisins or sultanas.
    2. Bit by bit, stir in the egg, then buttermilk or milk until you have a firm dough – don’t overwork it, just bring it together.
    3. Turn out onto a floured work surface. Pat the dough into a circle about 2cm thick and give it one or two passes with a rolling pin – don’t press or you’ll squash out the air.
    4. Cut out scones using a 5-6cm cutter. Press straight downwards as quickly as you can and, for the best rise, don’t twist the cutter.
    5. Put onto a non-stick baking sheet and brush the tops with buttermilk or milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes until risen and cooked. Serve with butter, jam, cream, or all three.