the perfect basic scone

August 17, 2010
scones with jam & clotted cream
i love to bake. two years ago i had the privilege of working in an amazing coffee shop where it was my job to bake yummy things every time i went into work. without those scheduled hours to bake all the time, i rarely get to bake as much.

but, in hopes of changing that this upcoming year (when i move into my new apartment), here are the results of the best basic scone recipe i used for the tea party we had on sunday. unlike many other recipes, these scones don't come out dry and have great, moist texture. i left out the raisins and added a little cinnamon, but because this recipe is so versatile you can really add anything your little heart desires.

i prefer them plain but topped with clotted cream and jam- fresh out of the oven- and with a cup of tea.
with constant comment
a mountain of scones

simple scones
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

preheat oven to 400 degrees. combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. grate frozen butter (unless you have a food processor) and work it into the flour mixture. if desired, add raisins or dried fruit. in a separate bowl, mix sour cream and egg. combine all ingredients together and press the dough into a ball. place on a lightly floured surface and press into a 7-8 inch circle 3/4-inc thick. sprinkle with extra sugar. divide into 8 triangles. separate triangles and bake on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes or until they look golden brown.



  1. ohhh. that looks so yummy! thanks for sharing.

  2. mmmmm, they look so good (especially since i have an empty stomach), but i have to admit, i hate baking :(

  3. i just got up... boy i wish i was eating one of those right now!!


  4. I'm so glad you found my blog because now I found yours! :)

    I'm going to have to try that scone recipe!

  5. um YUMM!!! these look amazing. i've never baked scones and now i definitely must! lovely photo as well. :)

  6. hey there,

    I'm glad to have found your blog! The photos are spectacular. I could use a good old scone recipe too.

  7. you take some schnazzy snap shots my lady!
    those scones look delectable!
    happy blogging!
    x x x

  8. I just made these yesterday and my family has already almost eaten the whole batch! Even my step-dad who insisted he hates scones ate two :) Thanks so much for the super easy recipe that I'm sure is going to be a staple in my house.

  9. oh my goodness! i'm so excited that you tried them and that you guys loved them!