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Proper English Scones

Proper English Scones. A recipe with measurements for North American bakers.

Proper English Scones usiing Ameriacan volume cup measurements instead of British ingredient weights.

Proper English Scones

UPDATE : May 7, 2017. I heard from so many people that couldn’t find clotted cream to enjoy these scones the way they are appreciated in the United Kingdom, so I’ve added a recipe just for that purpose.

It isn’t a recipe so much as a very simple method to make clotted cream from whipping cream. Find out how to very easily make you own Homemade Clotted Cream here.

Homemade Clotted Cream on Proper English Scones

Homemade Clotted Cream on Proper English Scones

Many of us here in the US and Canada try to seek out an authentic English scone recipe. But, you will often be met with the imprecise task of converting measurements.

The weight measurements that are always used in British recipes must be converted into the cup measurements that we use in North America.

You also have to sometimes deal with ingredients like self raising flour which I’ve never actually used in 40 years of baking.

This recipe demystifies the process for you, using our more familiar measurement system in a tried and true recipe that I’ve used for years.

There are plenty of other scone recipes on Rock Recipes but I don’t use eggs in most of my them because I prefer the textural difference of the crispier edges against the soft tender baked inside.

This recipe does include egg for a softer scone which goes so beautifully well with jam and cream.

Proper English Scones usiing Ameriacan volume cup measurements instead of British ingredient weights.

Proper English Scones

This is rather a small batch and the scones themselves are small, using my smallest biscuit cutter. If you need more however the recipe is easily doubled without affecting the texture.

The dainty size is quite nice for afternoon tea but can be done larger. Just form the dough into a circle about 3/4 inch thick and cut it with a sharp knife into 8 wedges like pieces of pie.

These will take a little longer to bake; about 20 minutes.

The larger size is quite nice to serve at a weekend brunch but any way you enjoy them, you’re sure to make these again and again.

Measuring flour correctly.

It is easy to over measure flour for any recipe by as much as 30% or more as you can see in the photo below. Both are one cup of flour but one weighs much more. Read more on how to avoid this common baking pitfall in our post on How to Measure Flour Correctly.

How to Measure Flour Correctly. Two photo collage showing the weight of a cup of flour measured two different ways.

How you measure flour is important. It can result in mis-measurement of up to 34%.

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Proper English Scones usiing Ameriacan volume cup measurements instead of British ingredient weights.
Yield: 18 small or 8 large scones

Proper English Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A Proper English Scones recipe using North American measurements instead of weight measures. Perfect with thick cream and your favourite homemade jam.

Ingredients

  • 1⅔ cups all purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • pinch table salt table salt
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract, (optional)
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Pulse to mix together well. (You can just mix the ingredients in a bowl if you prefer the manual method)
  3. Pulse in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. (or just use your fingertips to rub the butter through the dry ingredients until the same texture is achieved.)
  4. If using a food processor, transfer the flour & butter mixture to a large bowl.
  5. Whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla. Reserve a few teaspoons of the liquid to brush on top of the scones. This helps them brown nicely)
  6. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and stir in quickly with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. It should be a little sticky. Don’t over work the dough or your scones will get tough and not rise well.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a well floured board or counter top.
  8. Lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and just using your hands, form the dough into a round about ¾ of an inch thick.
  9. Using a 1½ inch biscuit cutter, cut out your scones and place them about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Re-roll the scraps and cut out the rest of the scones. Brush the tops of all the scones with the reserved milk and egg liquid.
  11. Pop the scones into the hot oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the scones are evenly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  12. Serve with thick or clotted cream and your favourite jam.

Notes

I like to make the larger scones if packing them into lunches or picnics.

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1 g

Amount Per Serving Calories 75Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 16mgSodium 130mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Daphne Peddle

Monday 10th of August 2020

Wonderful recipes...Everything looks so good>>>Keep them coimng....Thanks!

English Scones – bakerhi

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

[…] My mom loves scones. I grew up hating them, so I always associated them with something that sophisticated moms like. I had no experience making scones, and really didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, so so easy. I made them twice in one week! Something else that was great? The light in my kitchen and the fact that I got featured in sift magazine’s Fall 2018 issue. Nbd, I’m famous now. Anyway here’s the recipe I used via Rock Recipes […]

Lili

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

These are fantastic! I've been using this recipe for a while now and it never disappoints!

Anastaesza

Saturday 16th of November 2019

I had been craving for proper scones for the longest time and decided to just make it myself. That’s how I stumbled upon this recipe. Now, I make scones every Saturday and everyone in my house loves it!

I made a batch with cinnamon and chocolate chips; those were a hit! One time I ran out of flour and substituted the remaining 50gm with pancake mix, still came out great.

I’m happy I found this page. 😍

Denise

Sunday 14th of April 2019

I made these this morning and added a cinnamon sugar sprinkle to the tops. My two teenage boys gobbled them all up and loved them.

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