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English Scones

from the video Afternoon Tea Party for 4 ▶︎

by Ellie Holland


for 6 scones

  • 450 g (3 ½ cups) self-raising flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 250 mL (1 ¼ cups) milk
  • 1 egg yolk

To Serve

  • jam, as needed
  • clotted cream, as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F (220˚C).
  2. In a large bowl, rub together the self-raising flour and cubed butter until you form fine crumbs.
  3. Mix in the sugar, baking powder, and salt, and make a well in the middle.
  4. Pour in the milk and gently mix together until just combined.
  5. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about a minute. Be careful not to over-knead the dough.
  6. Using a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut circles into the dough that are about 1-2 inches thick.
  7. Place onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and coat the tops of the scones with the egg yolk.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes.
  9. Serve with clotted cream and jam.
  10. Enjoy!
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