Scone recipe: A British tradition

In Britain, many of us drink tea every day, whether at breakfast, during a break in the morning or in the evening. There also the unmissable British tradition of afternoon tea! Said to have been introduced by the Duchess of Bedford in 1840, it’s a ritual that you should tuck into at least once during your visit.

There are multiple options, from the traditional mix of small sandwiches and petit fours to the decadent cream tea.  Originating in Cornwall and Devon in the south-west of England, cream teas are a firm favourite across the country. In addition to a hot pot of tea, all you need is some clotted cream or curd (a very thick cream), some tasty jam and, of course, scones! 

Here's how to prepare this delicacy and recreate a little taste of Britain at home!

Afternoon tea with scones, milk, clotted cream and jam.

Ingredients for about 8 scones (4 people):

- 230g (1 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) of flour

- 150ml (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) of milk

- 60g (4 1/4 tbsp) butter, diced

- 25g (3 1/2 tbsp) of sugar

- 1 egg

- 1 sachet (1 tsp) of baking powder

- 1 pinch of salt

Preparation of the recipe:

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter a baking sheet or cover it with a piece of parchment paper.

Evenly mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl, then pour in the milk. Add the cold butter cubes, without melting them, then knead to obtain a smooth dough.

Roll out the dough to about 2 cm thick on a surface coated in flour. Cut out discs with a glass or a large round cookie cutter.

Brush the scones with the egg mixed with a little milk.

Bake on the middle rack until the scones have risen and are slightly golden brown, which usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes. Adjust the duration according to your oven!

Enjoy the scones with a tea, jam and clotted cream.


Note - Clotted cream is not always easy to find outside of Great Britain. It is a thick cream (with 55% fat!) Prepared from raw milk heated for several hours and then chilled in the fridge, it can be prepared at home if you can't find an equivalent.

27 Sep 2021(last updated)

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