Plain Scones

Our family favourite recipe for homemade plain scones. These are the perfect afternoon tea treat served with cream and jam. 

homemade scones

I’ve never shared a sweet scone recipe on this blog and with St. George’s Day later this week I figured it was about time to share my family’s favourite sweet scone recipe with you.

Whilst being gorgeously fluffy, these homemade scones have a beautiful taste of vanilla in each bite. This recipe requires two full teaspoons of vanilla extract and I definitely recommend you don’t leave it out as it adds fantastic flavour.

You can’t have scones without jam or cream so I served these delicious scones the traditional way with lots of cream and jam. For me that’s the only way you can eat a scone! We prefer to whip double cream with a bit of icing sugar and use that to top our baked scones, however you can alternatively top yours with clotted cream if you’re really indulging!

(Makes 10-12)


450g self-raising flour, sifted

100g butter, cubed and chilled

85g caster sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)

284ml pot buttermilk or yoghurt (we also like using Greek yoghurt as an alternative)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons milk, for glazing the scones

To Serve:

Double, clotted or whipping cream

Raspberry, strawberry jam or lemon curd


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C / 200°C Fan / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. Line 1-2 large baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. Place the sifted flour into a large mixing bowl and using your fingertips rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and no lumps of butter remain. Mix through the sugar and salt (only add salt if you’re using unsalted butter) until well combined.
  3. Gently heat the buttermilk or yoghurt along with the vanilla in a small saucepan over a low to medium heat until it’s just warmed. Incorporate the flour mixture with the buttermilk/yoghurt and mix with a knife until a soft dough comes together. Do not over mix.
  4. Place the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and press out until it’s approx. 4cm thick. Using a 6 or 7cm cutter, stamp out 10-12 rounds. Reshape trimmings and cut out more until all the dough is used. Evenly spread the scones out onto the baking trays. Brush the tops of each scone with the tablespoon of milk.
  5. Bake the scones for 10-12 minutes or until they’re risen and are a light golden colour on top. You can check the scones are cooked fully by tapping the bottom, if it sounds hollow then the scones are completely baked. Allow the baked scones to cool to room temperature before slicing in half and spreading with cream and jam. Scones are best eaten fresh on the day of baking but they will keep stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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13 thoughts on “Plain Scones

  1. Yummm, I love scones! I have attempted few times in the past and the result has never really satisfying, might be I overmix the dough 😛 Yours look very pretty and tasty!

  2. I love using buttermilk in scones and biscuits (even though biscuits means something different over there…) I can’t wait to try these scones. They look amazing!

  3. Finding good quality scones here is always a task. Like you said, majority of them end being dry and really make it difficult to swallow. That’s the reason why I prefer making scones at home! I need to try buttermilk in the scones. I know they work wonders in cakes! Pinning, so I can make them this weekend! 😀

  4. They look great! Nothing beats a nice fluffy scone with some jam, whipped cream and a good old cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon….. And now I’m hungry again.

  5. Scones are seriously me favourite sweet baked good ever! I usually bake them with yoghurt, but buttermilk sounds even better. 😀

  6. Made these today; absolutely delicious 🙂 very light and sweet with that nice crisp on the outside. Will definitely be using this recipe again 🙂

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