The Perfect English Scone Recipe
Serves: 12
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch of table salt
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and butter into a food processor. Pulse in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. If you don't have a food processor, mix the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it is the same texture.
  3. Whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla. Set aside a few teaspoons of the liquid to brush on top of the scones to help them brown (I forgot this step, and mine looked okay)
  4. 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-mix the dough or your scones will not rise well.
  5. Make small balls of dough and press them lightly onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I used our large cookie scoop (approximately 3 tbsp) so that they were uniform.
  6. Brush the tops of all the scones with the reserved milk and egg liquid.
  7. Put the scones into the heated oven and cook for about 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the scones are evenly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. Serve with clotted cream, jam, or lemon curd. We used this fun (and delicious!) Downton Abbey-branded lemon curd I got for Christmas.
Recipe by Ever In Transit at