Basic Scones

Lot's of people complain that their scones never turn out. Well here are some tips:

  • keep your dough sticky, adding just enough flour to be able to handle it
  • the less you work the dough, the lighter the result
  • SR flour needs a little extra raising for scones, so note the extra baking powder in this recipe
  • bake your scones in a very hot oven.


  • 1 tsp melted butter
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tab icing sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups SR flour (you may not need it all)


  1. Turn your oven on now and select hot temperature setting - see Oven Temps
  2. Combine all the ingredients except for the flour in a large basin
  3. Stir in 1 cup of flour and mix well
  4. Keep adding flour until you have a very sticky dough
  5. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup flour on your kitchen bench
  6. pour the dough onto the floured bench and fold it over a few time, incorporating more flour until you can handle the dough without leaving some on your fingers - it must still be slightly sticky
  7. flatten the dough with the palm of your hand until it's about 3cm thick
  8. flour a scone cutter and cut rounds from the dough
  9. place the rounds on a tray lined with baking paper - you may need to gently shake off some excess flour\
  10. brush the tops with a milk
  11. bake for about 10 to 15 minutes in a hot oven, until the tops are lightly browned.
  12. Serve with jam or golden syrup and some butter or whipped cream.