Basic Scones

Basic Scones are perfect for morning or afternoon tea. You can serve these scones warm with melted butter and jam. Classic and delicious, a good partner of coffee or tea.

These Basic Scones are super buttery with a hint of sweet tanginess. It’s flaky but light and tender. You can add almost anything in these basic scones, there are so many variations you could create. Ideas are endless!

How to Make Basic Scones?

It’s simple to make these Basic Scones. In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Rub cold butter into flour using just your fingertips, until it resembles breadcrumbs. You can also use pastry cutter to make the process easier. Add milk all at once, mix it quickly with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. If the dough is too dry, add milk. Turn the dough out onto a slightly floured surface or kitchen counter. Knead the dough lightly. Turn and press with the heel of your hand 3 – 4 times. Pat and roll out to a 2cm thick round. Using 4-5 cm round cookie cutter, cut the dough. Re-roll offcuts and repeat this step until the dough is finish. Brush the top with milk and bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden on top.

You may also like my other scones recipe:

  1. Easy Cheese Scones

2. Cheese Scones

3. Blueberry Lemon Scones

4. Apple Caramel Scones

5. Caramilk Scones

Basic Scones Recipe


3 cups self-raising flour (or 3 cups plain flour and 6 tsp baking powder)

½ tsp table salt

60g cold butter, cubed

1 ¼ cups milk


  1. Preheat oven to 446 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Lightly grease and flour a baking tray or line with baking paper.
  3. In a large bowl, add self-raising flour (or flour and baking powder), and salt.
  4. Rub the butter into the flour using just your fingertips, until it resembles breadcrumbs. You can also use a pastry cutter.
  5. Add milk all at once, mix it quickly with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. Add more milk if necessary (if the dough is too dry).
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly by turning and pressing with the heel of hand 3 or 4 times.
  7. Pat or gently roll out to a 2cm-thick round. Cut the dough into 4-5 cm rounds with a floured cookie cutter. Re-rolling offcuts and repeat the step until the dough is finish.
  8. Place on a baking tray, brush tops extra milk.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven, until golden and well-risen.

Serve and enjoy these Basic Scones with family and friends!


  • For better rise, use cold butter or even frozen butter.
  • Do not over mix. Just mix the dough until it comes together.
  • Before baking, chill the shaped scones for about 10 minutes. It relaxes the gluten which makes the scones tender. It also cools down the butter again for a flaky texture.
  • Separate the scones on a baking tray or you could try baking them like cinnamon rolls where they touch each other. It would make nice, soft sides.
  • You can add fruits or other sweet ingredients, but take the texture into consideration. Adding juicy fruits would make the dough sticky, add more flour until the texture is okay. If you added ingredients that would make the dough too dry, then you can add more milk. Adjust the texture as necessary.

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