Fruit Scones

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These fruit scones are an English classic and are wonderful served slightly warm with home-made strawberry jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea!


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C, gas mark 7) and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the sugar and butter, rub together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs then add the sultanas.

  3. In a jug beat together the egg and milk then pour into the bowl and mix using a round bladed knife until a dough forms, then knead a little with lightly floured hands until smooth. Add a little more milk if necessary if the dough seems dry.

  4. Press or roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 3-4cm, then using a 5cm round cutter cut 8 scones.

  5. Place these on the baking tray, leaving about 5cm space in between, brush the tops with a little milk then bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown and risen.

  6. Cool on a wire rack, then to serve split and top with jam and cream.

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  1. 5 star rating

    Amazing, every time comes out brilliant. Me and my daughter enjoy them very much!

  2. 5 star rating

    Brilliant recipe, super quick and easy to make and really looked like they came out of a bakery or shop. Really impressed

  3. 5 star rating

    These are so easy to make & don’t take long.

  4. 2 star rating

    Like rock cakes

  5. 4 star rating

    I made with half milk and half buttermilk - delicious!

  6. 2 star rating

    Did not rise very much, look about like Rock cakes.

  7. 4 star rating

    Always Use Self Raising Flour, Baking Powder Taints The Flavour, I Baked Mine In A Muffin Baking Tray, Very Pleased With The Results - Michael Whitaker

  8. 5 star rating

    Quick, (apart from mixing flour and butter) but that's therapeutic. excellent results every time. My last batch included dried apricots instead of sultanas.

  9. 4 star rating

    If you haven't got a cutter, you can bake it in a large cake tin instead. Then cook it at a lower heat i.e. Gas 6. For 15 minutes then check a knife comes out clean and cook for a little more time if it doesn't.

  10. 5 star rating

    Very tasty and light scones superb👍

  11. 4 star rating

    I used self raising mostly with a bit of plain and a teaspoon of baking powder. Beware if you have a fan oven. I got them out at 15 mins or they would have been burnt. Rose well and tasted lovely. Also added a small amount of vanilla essence which added to their flavour.

  12. 2 star rating

    Prepared as by the recipe, result flat scones. They looked great in the oven but deflated. Why !!!

    Sorry to hear you are having problems with your scones.
    I would think it could be a number of reasons; overworked dough, temperature of oven, not cooked through enough or the age of baking powder.
    Hope this helps,

    Happy Baking!

  13. 5 star rating

    These came out great for me! I added a little bit more butter to get the right "breadcrumbs" texture and (likely as a result) the dough was a bit wet but it worked out fine once i rolled it out in some flour. I followed some of the recommendations in the comments and baked it at 180 for 15 min. They rose beautifully and tasted perfect.

  14. 4 star rating

    Are amazing dont know how many calories are in one but would love to

  15. 5 star rating

    Great scones! I loved them. Hot and fresh. Amazed how easy it was. Smelled gorgeous. Used a large instead of medium egg and son said they were a bit eggie. I used what we had.

  16. 3 star rating

    Mine didn’t rise very well, bit brown on top too..... could taste baking powder?

  17. 5 star rating

    These turn out perfectly for me every time, although I take out after 15 mins in the oven. I prefer using glacé cherries to sultanas, too. I think those people who are saying they are like rock buns or not rising are probably overworking their mixture. Make sure your butter is cold, your finger tips are cold and don’t overflatten the mixture before you cut the scones out. Also don’t twist the cutter. Just cut around the outside of it with a knife. And your scones will rise.

  18. 5 star rating

    Time given way too long. 10mins at 220degC should do it. That's why folks are complaining they turn out like rock buns!

  19. 2 star rating

    Look and texture of them are more like rock buns than scones tbh...Will i make these again??... Maybe... but probably use self raising flour instead.

  20. 1 star rating

    Normally use shelf raising flour but thought I'd give these a go.I followed it to the recipe but they didn't rise and they were like rock buns
    And the picture beside the recipe are identical to shop bought one's not home made

  21. 5 star rating

    Just made these again beautiful really light very easy to make delicious

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  23. 5 star rating

    Easy, tasty and light - what more could I ask!?

  24. 5 star rating

    1st attempt at scones! They turned out perfect!

  25. 5 star rating

    Lovely scones easy to make

  26. 2 star rating

    Taste nice but more like Rock buns and didn't rise

  27. 5 star rating

    Fantastic taste. Not sure what previous reviewer did wrong but obviously missed something! So easy to follow and will definitely be using again.

  28. 1 star rating

    Tasted like baking powder,

  29. 5 star rating

    First attempt and turned out lovely, hubby even liked them, very tasty and simple to make

  30. 5 star rating

    Very easy to make and delicious

  31. 3 star rating

    Not a baker. even managed to fluff the instructions by not reading thoroughly
    3 stars is for me. will try again tomorrow for 5 stars.

  32. 5 star rating

    Very quick and easy to make .

  33. 4 star rating

    First time making scones with plain flour as cannot get self raising. Taste lovely, ready after 16 mins with the oven at around 190. Prefer my scones using self raising flour but these do taste lovely.

  34. 4 star rating

    Swapped sultanas for cranberries soaked in orange juice. Bit wet with the egg so added more flour. End result is great

  35. 5 star rating

    Absolutely love, love love!! I've never made scones successfully as they usually turn out dry and hard. These are amazing, so light and melt in the mouth. My Nan would be proud of these beauties. I added around 15ml extra milk as the dough didn't pick up all the flour. Thanks for sharing this fantastic, simple recipe

  36. 4 star rating

    Made these today a bit crumbly but taste delicious

  37. 5 star rating

    Super taste although didn’t rise as much as hoped will make viewer next time and not use roller

  38. 4 star rating

    Tasted amazing but agree that temp should be lower in a fan oven. Mine in for 10 mins and already really brown. Very easy to make and delicious!

  39. 4 star rating

    I substituted chopped prunes for sultanas and skimmed milk for whole as that’s what I had in the house. Cooked for 20mins on 200. Lovely and light. Would make again.

  40. 4 star rating


  41. 5 star rating

    Easy to follow and the family thoroughly enjoyed the scones

  42. 5 star rating

    Amazing recipe. Easy to make and they came out so good.

  43. 5 star rating

    Fantastic recipe - have made these a few times now and we love them, So easy to make and very tasty.

  44. 5 star rating

    Just mad them today so easy to make and taste delicious

  45. 5 star rating

    Fantastic recipe - have made these a few times now and we love them, So easy to make and very tasty.

  46. 3 star rating

    A bit of a disaster. No great rise and rocky. I will persevere

  47. 3 star rating

    It’s such a long time since making scone I forgotten How much nicer home made scones are, so much better then the brought ones. The scones I have just made look a bit odd but practice will make them prefect. now that I have so much more time on my hands.

  48. 5 star rating

    My 11 year old son baked these and they turned out great! He’ll have to bake them every week!!

  49. 5 star rating

    Really quick and easy recipe to follow. 1st attempt at these and they worked perfectly, was very impressed.

  50. 4 star rating

    Just made these scones and they’re delicious. Really easy to make and very light.

  51. 5 star rating

    These are delicious. I added a load of chilli red Leicester cheese from the local farm shop - really really good. An excellent base recipe that's so easy (I'm not known for my skills in the kitchen!) that I will most definitely use again. Thank you!

  52. 5 star rating

    I am terrible at baking and have never made scones before. However, I made these today, and they were absolutely delicious! Great, easy recipe. Thank you!

  53. 5 star rating

    Quick and easy recipe. Lovely scones though I did have to reduce temperature on my oven to 180.

  54. 5 star rating

    Just made these scones, I used dry mixed fruit as ran out of sultanas. Absolutely lovely, this is such a good recipe. Thank you so much, definitely be making more.....very soon!

  55. 2 star rating

    Just made these been in 10 mins on 200 fan oven and completely burnt ?

  56. 5 star rating

    Just tried this recipe this morning. Very pleased with the results and taste lovely, light.

  57. 5 star rating

    simple and very tasty thank you.

  58. 1 star rating

    They were more like rocks ones don't now what went wrong

  59. 5 star rating


  60. 4 star rating

    Very easy to make and tastes great.

  61. 4 star rating

    I have cooked these on 180 for 16 to 20 mins,Please give temperature
    as I Had to guess.Otherwise great.I normally use Mary Berry scone recipe, but alas could not get self raising so had only plain flour.

  62. 5 star rating

    Very tasty scones. Very easy recipe.

  63. 5 star rating

    The best I’ve made! Easy, quick and delicious!

  64. 5 star rating

    Lovely my 1st attempt

  65. 5 star rating

    How many calories are each of the scones please? 🙂

  66. 5 star rating

    Just made these scones for the first time and tried one they're so yummy will definitely be making again

  67. 5 star rating

    Very tasty scones! Easy recipe

  68. 5 star rating

    Great recipe for plain flour scones. Prefer this to self raising recipes.

  69. 4 star rating

    Had bad sultanas so didnt taste the best, good recipe to follow however

  70. 5 star rating

    All we can say is what everyone has said, there great

  71. 5 star rating

    Wonderful! I added cranberries instead of sultanas and they worked a treat! The only problem now is that I want to eat the whole batch!

  72. 2 star rating

    Scone very dense what is wrong..?

  73. 4 star rating

    Very easy and tasty

  74. 5 star rating

    I am not a very good baker but this recipe was very easy to follow with amazing results! so tasty. I will definitely be making them again soon. Sarah x

  75. 5 star rating

    Lovely scones, best I have ever made, will certainly do again and maybe try the other flavours

  76. 5 star rating

    Great recipe!

  77. 5 star rating

    Never been very confident making scones, but used this recipe and made 8. They rose well and tasted lovely.

  78. 4 star rating

    Simple recipe to follow. I added some mixed spice, very nice!

  79. 5 star rating

    This is soooooo good. Never had a scone like it

  80. 4 star rating

    Great scones easy and quick . Will cook again .

  81. 5 star rating

    The most simply perfect fruit scone.

    I have to confess I'm not a "scone" person more of a cupcake kinda lass but saying that even I liked these scones....they are THAT good!
    Just follow the recipe and you too will be rewarded with a really nice scone, so much so that even if you're lucky enough to invite the queen to tea even she would exclaim
    "I say that's one bloody good scone".😂x

  82. 5 star rating

    Lovely recipe will definitely use again

  83. 5 star rating

    Easy recipe taste lovely would use again

  84. 4 star rating

    Quick easy recipe.

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