English Scones

Afternoon tea is an age old English tradition that originated in the early 1800’s. It is usually accompanied by delicious savories like cucumber sandwiches, cakes, pastries and my all-time favorite: scones with clotted cream and jam. After spending a special Christmas in London, I’ve become obsessed with all things British so having an easy go-to English scone recipe is essential. Today I’m sharing that with you!



 1⅔ cups of all-purpose flour

2½ teaspoons of baking powder

3 tablespoons of white sugar

A pinch of table salt

3 tablespoons of room temperature butter

½ cup of milk (full cream)

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 egg



  1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add in the butter.
  4. Rub together until a coarse texture is achieved.
  5. Whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla extract.
  6. Spoon out a few teaspoons of the mixed wet ingredients into a separate bowl. You will use this to brush the top of the scones later on. This will help them to brown nicely.
  7. Stir in the mixed wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Keep mixing until a soft sticky dough forms but remember, don’t over work the dough or your scones will get tough and not rise well.
  8. Turn out the dough onto a well-floured board.
  9. Lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and using your hands, flatten out the dough.
  10. Using a circular cookie cutter, cut out your scones and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  11. Re-roll the scraps and cut out the rest of the scones.
  12. Brush the tops of all the scones with the reserved wet liquid from step 6.
  13. Pop into a hot oven and bake for about 12 – 15 minutes at 120 °C or until the top of the scones are evenly browned.
  14. Cool on a wire rack.
  15. Serve with thick cream and jam.

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Hi World! I'm Shal - an environmental microbiologist, writer, teacher and artist from Durban, South Africa. I've spent the last two years traveling and teaching Chemistry and English to young kids in Asia. Life of Shal was founded as a way to share travel experiences, tips and other worldly magic with you! Join me on my journey!

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