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A plain afternoon tea scone filled with strawberry jam and clotted cream. In the background there's a stack of scones, a jar of strawberry jam and a block of butter.

Scones (The Perfect Afternoon Tea Treat)

How to make the perfect afternoon tea treat – scones. Once they’ve baked, enjoy them with butter, jam and plenty of clotted cream.
4.74 from 23 votes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 scones


  • 500 g self-raising flour
  • 100 g unsalted butter + a little extra for greasing
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 275 ml full-fat milk + a little extra for glazing

For fruit scones you'll also need...

    • 100 g raisins
    • 100 ml water


    • If you're making fruit scones then put the raisins (100g) and water (100ml) into a bowl and leave to soak for 20 minutes - soaking the fruit helps to prevent it burning during cooking.
    • After 20 minutes, drain the water from the raisins and put the raisins to one side until needed.
    • Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
    • Lightly grease a baking tray with butter (if you're using a silicon baking sheet this isn't necessary)
    • Put the self-raising flour (500g) into a large bowl. Cut the butter (100g) into cubes, and add it to the flour.
    • Gently rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips, until it is the consistency of breadcrumbs.
    • Add the caster sugar (60g), baking powder (1 tsp), salt (½ tsp) and raisins (if using) and mix to combine - Sprinkle the salt and baking powder across the top of the flour/butter mix rather than putting it in one place as this will help ensure that it's evenly distributed.
    • Make a well in the centre and add the full-fat milk (275ml) - I like to keep a tablespoon or two back to add at the end to help collect up any stray bit of flour.
    • With as little action as possible, mix the milk into the dry ingredients using your hands until it has come together into a ball of dough. If there's any flour left in the bottom, add a touch more milk to help collect it up - your dough should be slightly sticky, but not too sloppy.
    • Place the dough on a work surface and pat it flat to a thickness of about 1½ inches (don't use a rolling pin). Use the cutter to cut circles and place them on a baking tray. After the first set, quickly ball up the dough, pat flat, and repeat until you have used up all of the dough.
    • Glaze each scone with a little milk and place into the oven for 12-15 minutes until they are cooked (I tap them to see if they sound hollow as you do with bread, or if I've got a little leftover dough, I'll put that in the oven with the scones and use it as a test to see if they're done).
    • Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.
    • Serve with butter, jam and clotted cream.


    If you fancy making your own strawberry jam to spread on your scones take a look at my easy recipe.


    Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 0.6mg

    Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: British