Scones are a traditional British baked good, perfect for breakfast or as a snack, particularly delicious when served with clotted cream and jam. They are simple to make and can be ready in under 30 minutes.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Grate the frozen butter using a box grater and add it to the flour mixture. Use your fingers to mix the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and egg until smooth.
  5. Stir the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture until it begins to form a dough. If using raisins or currants, fold them in now. If the dough is too dry, add a little more sour cream.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough gently until it comes together. Roll the dough into a round shape about 3/4 inch thick.
  7. Cut the dough into 8 equal wedges and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown on the outside.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Serve the scones warm or at room temperature with clotted cream and jam.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 230-260
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 4g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15-17 minutes


  • Serves: 8

Enjoy these classic scones as a delightful treat for breakfast or afternoon tea. They’re best served fresh and can be customized with your favorite add-ins like chocolate chips, blueberries, or nuts.

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