Simple Scones: Perfect for afternoon Tea

Pour a cuppa and enjoy your Scones: buttery soft inside and crunchy golden outside. Compliments any Brew…

THE SIMPLEST RECIPE with few Ingredients

A fool proof recipe for a foolproof dessert! truly one of my “go to” favourite treats to make. They can be buttery and plain or doused with toppings; and yet, they are taste just splendid. This recipe has just 7 ingredients but feel free to add in anything you wish. Some great add-ins include: Chocolate chips/chunks, cranberry orange, lemon blueberry, raspberry white chocolate, cinnamon brown sugar etc. truly any flavour you’re looking for and Scones will make a perfect base!

The Method: Procedure Tip Below!

Three most important steps: The butter, buttermilk and Refrigeration

The butter: In order to get the most fluffy/ soft inside of the scone it is crucial to use Unsalted Butter that is Very Cold or close to frozen. Yes, frozen! it is also a great trick to grate this butter into the flour mixture. This way it will create even/uniform chunks of butter! which is better for baking an even consistency 🙂

The Buttermilk: This adds more acidity than regular whole milk (2%) and reacts with the leaving agents such as baking powder and baking soda. It creates a fluffier/lighter Scone. However, ultimately just adds a great flavour!

Refrigeration: To further ensure the butter is very cold once it hits the oven, I like to preheat the oven, and while waiting let the scones sit on the lined and ready baking sheet in the freezer. This just really ensures the butter is cold, and can melt as soon as it hits the heat of the oven.

Not Everyone Enjoys Them Plain…

I understand that add- ins are everyones friends in terms of flavour. Here are some add in tips to watch out for:

Blueberry Scones

*when using berries add about 1/2 cup for this recipe. too many can add too much moisture* If using frozen blueberries do not let them thaw. Take them-out of the freezer just before use!

Chocolate Chip/chunk Scones

*add ~3/4 chocolate chips or ~1/2 cup chunks*

Cranberry Orange Scones

*add 3/4 cup frozen or fresh cranberries and 1 Tbsp orange zest / 1 Tbsp orange juice*

Raisin Cinnamon Scones

*add 3/4-1 cup raisins and 2 tsp cinnamon or 3 if you prefer stronger*

Mixed berry Scones

*once again be aware if using frozen berries to not let them thaw. Use about 1/2-3/4 cup berries*

Double Chocolate Scones

reduce flour from 2 cups to 1 3/4 cups and add 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips/chunks*

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins20-25 mins35-40 mins
Yields 8 Scones

Simple Scones: Perfect for Tea


  • 2 cups all purpose flour + extra for working the dough
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter *very cold*
  • 1/2 buttermilk + little for brushing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • * Add-ins* see above note for guides


Step 1)

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. The flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Once well combined, grate the *frozen or very cold* butter into the flour mixture. pictured below.

Using your fingers, a pastry blender, forks, or a couple butter knifes. Combine the butter into the flour mixture until there are still small clumps but they are roughly the same sizes. Like peas of butter within the flour mixture.

Step 2)

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Once combined together, pour them into the flour/butter mixture and mix everything together well. This would now be the time to fold in any add-ins with a spatula should you desire them 🙂

Step 3)

Shaping the scones. Place your dough on a lightly floured surface and shape into a circle with floured hands as well. The dough is sticky but rest assured this is ok! Slice the circle into four pieces, then each piece in half. Resulting in 8 triangles. pictures below.

Step 4)

preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F or and line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the Scones spread out on the sheet and store in the freezer while waiting for the oven to reach its temperature. Just before baking brush with a little bit of buttermilk for crisp outsides!

Step 5)

Bake for 20-25 mins! let cool 5 mins and enjoy with some sweet tea 🙂

*note that added berries will add moisture and may take longer*

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