devon Scones

Scones are really easy to make, so are perfect for making with the kids during the current corona virus lock-down.

The buttermilk mentioned in the ingredients list just adds a little zingy edge, but isn't remotely essential. Neither are the raisins, but they do make for a lovely sweet extra treat during these challenging times.

The dough will be very soft. This is normal - you haven't done anything wrong! However, if you want to keep the Devon purists happy (and who woudn't), the jam goes on top.

Makes between 8 and 12 depending on the size of each scone.


For an extra treat add 50g of raisins at the same time as you add the sugar and salt.

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 40g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 150ml milk (or buttermilk)
  • Pre-heat oven to 210°C
  • Sift the flour and salt into a roomy bowl, stir, then and add the butter in chunks. Now rub in the butter, raising your hands as you do so to incorporate air.
  • As soon as the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs, add the sugar (and the raisins, if using). Stir to combine.
  • Now add the milk (or buttermilk) and stir with a round bladed knife until it begins to come together.
  • Form the dough into a soft ball and pat out onto a floured worktop to a thickness of about 2cm.
  • Stamp out rounds with a 5cm pastry cutter. Don’t twist the cutter as this will result in an uneven scone.
  • Place the scones on a baking sheet and leave to rest for 30 minutes (this will result in a more even rise).
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until risen, golden and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.

To serve, put the kettle on and get a brew going. Break a scone in half, then spoon on a big dollop of clotted cream and some strawberry jam (remember, you’re in Devon, home of the Cream Tea, so it’s cream first, then jam!).

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