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4 Best Recipe For Scones For Beginners

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Want a recipe for scones that is both versatile and shows variety? This article gives four easy-to-bake, scone recipes with minimal ingredients and various types.

What are scones? (Recipe for scones basics)

Scones are a kind of baked bread made of oatmeal or wheat flour (even whole wheat), where the baking powder is used to bring up its shape. Despite originating in England, the recipe for scones varies across countries.

What is the difference between American and English scones?

1) English scones are small, round, tall, and light with a crusty exterior.

Considered a favorite snack for tea-time, people also cut it in half and smear it with a choice of their cream like strawberry jam.

2) American scones are large, triangle-shaped, with a rough exterior and a buttery texture.

Instead of cream, the center filling is of fruits like different berries, with a sugar topping. This snack is found in most coffee shops.

What are some different types of scones? (Recipe for scones with variety)

Other than English and British scones, there are a number of other types according to the ingredients they are made with:

Scottish scones

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Being the first place to make scones, their basic ingredient recipe for scones is rolled oats. Scottish pancakes are also referred, as drop scones.

Savory scones

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Instead of dessert, the savory ones are used, with any three meals in a day. The cheese makes it delicious.

Clotted cream scones

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This is a creamier and sweeter recipe for scones, quite popular in Britain. The main ingredient is the white spread that looks like cream cheese, only with a sweeter note to it.

Flaky scone

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This recipe for scones is of Irish origin, with a crispy crust and a soft buttery inner texture.

Chocolate chips scones

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Similar to chocolate chips cookies, this recipe for scones is best baked warm. 

Buttermilk scones

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Compared to a heavy cream one, the buttermilk recipe for scones has a strong flavor but is equally tasty.

Recipe for scones (4 easy to make ones) 

A Basic Recipe for scones

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Any baked good should always start with the basic preparation and ingredients required. This one might just be the best recipe for scones to teach the basics.

Ingredients for the scone:

1) All-purpose Flour (250 gms or two cups)

2) Granulated sugar (65 gms or 1/3 cup)

3) Baking powder ( 1 tbsp)

4) Salt (1/2 tsp)

5) Cold unsalted butter (85 gms or 6 tbsp) – preferable if pieced into cubes

6) Heavy Whipped Cream (120 ml or 1/2 cup)

7) Egg (1)

8) Vanilla Extract (1 tsp)

Ingredients for Vanilla Glaze Topping

1) powdered sugar (120 gms/1 cups)

2) milk (15-30 ml/1-2 tbsp)

3) Vanilla extract (1/2 tsp)

A Basic Recipe for scones

The preparation and cooking time would be 40 minutes, and the total servings amount to 8.

  • To make scones, the first step is to preheat the oven to 204°c or 400°c.
  • The baking sheet needs to be lined next with either parchment paper or even a silicone baking mat. Keep it aside.
  • Take a large mixing bowl – whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in it. The flour mixture needs to be kept for the next step.
  • The cold cubed butter should be added to the bowl; next, the scones rise, and a light texture is also formed.
  • A pastry cutter or fork is best for cutting the cold butter into crumbs, which can then be added to the dry ingredients.
  • Take another mixing bowl – whisk the egg, heavy whipped cream, and vanilla extract into it.
  • Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ones, stirring it constantly, so it gels together completely. A crumbly mixture would be fine.
  • Put the mixture on a floured surface. Round in a ball and flatten to the measure of a 7-inch circle.
  • The dough made should be cut into equal and separate pieces of 8, then put on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Next, place the baking sheet in the freezer for approximately 5 to 10 minutes, or till the scones chill.
  • Whipping cream or coarse sugar can be used to brush the top of the scone. 
  • The prepared mixture for scones can be baked at 204°c pr 400° F, for 22 minutes. If the top of the scones looks slightly brown and cooked, that can be enough as well.
  • Once done, remove it and allow it to be cooled.

Vanilla glaze recipe

  • Take a mixed bowl of medium size, whisk the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in it till it’s properly mixed.
  • Suppose the glaze is thick; try adding milk or if the glaze is thin, try adding powdered sugar.
  • Finally, smear the glaze onto the scones and let it harden for approximately ten to fifteen minutes.

Your tasty basic American scone with vanilla glaze is ready!

This recipe for scones goes well with other ingredients according to one’s taste, like adding 2 tsp of fresh orange zest and 2/3 cup of dried cranberries can give it a cranberry-orange flavor.

A Classic recipe for scones

A classic British scone is best for tea-time, with a creamy filling of clotted cream, or some might even prefer salted butter. We have provided the best recipe for scones for those who prefer these; it is simple and easy to bake fresh.

 

Ingredients

1) Plain or all-purpose flour (360 gms/3 cups)

2) Granulated sugar (50 gms/1 by 4 cups)

3) Baking powder (3 1/2 tsp)

4) Fine Table salt (1/2 tsp)

5) Unsalted/cold butter (100 gms/7tbsp)

6) Eggs (2)

7) Cold milk (100 ml/1 by 3 cup with 1 tbsp)

A simple glaze – with a beaten egg or milk (2 tbsp) can also be made.

A Classic recipe for scones

The preparation and cooking time would be of 30 minutes.

  • To make scones, the oven should be preheated to 200 or 220°C or 400° F.
  • A baking tray with baking paper should be lined and kept aside.
  • Take a large bowl – mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in it, properly stirring.
  • Add the cold butter next to the dry ingredients; a lumpy mixture is also fine.
  • To the middle of the flour mixture, add on cracked eggs and milk. Stir the wet ingredients well to form a sticky dough.
  • Place the mixture on a flour-dusted surface. Cut the dough into a rectangle of about 1/2 inch thick, fold it in half, and then rotate at 90 degrees. Keep repeating it till no patches of flour remain.
  • Roll the rectangular dough till it’s almost 3 cm in thickness (a key step for tall scones).
  • With a small (approx. 5 to 6 cm) round cutter/glass that is dusted with flour, cut the dough into rounds. Do it lightly, don’t try to twist it roughly to form a round shape.
  • Place those rounds of dough into the lined tray. The rest of the left dough can also be rolled and cut to get at least 8 to 9 scones.
  • You can brush the top of the scones with the simple glaze given above; make sure to avoid the edges.
  • It will take approximately 12-15 minutes to bake. Don’t forget to rotate the tray 180 degrees after it’s half-baked. The baked scones would be arisen and golden.

Finally, serve these warm and tasty treats with a cream of your choice – it could be simple salted butter or jam.

A pro tip could be using freeze scones:

  • Let the baked ones cool down, pop them into a food bag, and freeze them for one month.
  • Freeze scones can also be used before baking. They can be kept in the freezer for around three months and baked for approximately 20 to 25 min. after taking it out, at the same temperature.

For those wanting to try out a basic scone with a simple filling, this recipe for scones is a must-try.

Blueberry recipe for scones

Isn’t it fun to have scones with your favorite berries? We have got a recipe for scones that would please all the blueberry fans out there.

With its buttery and crispy flavors, this might just be the best scone recipe in that category.

Ingredients

1) All-purpose flour (250 gms/2 cups)

2) Granulated sugar (100 gms/1 and a half cup)

3) Baking powder (2 and a 1/2 tsp)

4) Ground cinnamon (1 tsp)

5) Salt (1/2 tsp)

6) Frozen butter – unsalted (115 gms/1 and a half cup)

7) Heavy cream (120 ml/ 1 and a half cup), extra 2 tbsp for brushing as well

8) Egg (1)

9) Vanilla extract (1 and a half tsp)

10) Fresh or even frozen blueberries (180 gms) – frozen berries should not be thawed.

Topping can be either coarse sugar or a mix of sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to form a vanilla icing.

Instructions

The preparation and cooking time would be of 1 hour.

  • Take a large bowl – Add flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon and properly whisk it. The frozen butter can be added to the flour mixture after grating it. Make sure you have a crumbly texture.
  • Refrigerate or freeze the wet ingredients once mixed.
  • Take a separate mixing bowl (smaller in size than the last one) – Add whisked heavy cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Sprinkle this over the dry ingredients.
  • Add the blueberries, keep mixing till it looks moist.
  • Pour the mixture to a lightly floured surface, and then ball the dough. Less sticky dough is fine; if it dries, add heavy cream about 2 tbsp.
  • Press the dough into an 8-inch disc, cutting it into eight wedges accordingly.
  • The remaining heavy cream can be brushed on the scones for a crunchy flavor, coarse sugar can also be sprinkled.
  • The scones can be placed on a baking sheet or a plate, then refrigerated for 15 minutes.
  • While the scones are freezing, Preheat the oven to 204°c or 400°F.
  • Use a parchment-lined baking sheet or a silicone baking mat for arranging the scones after taking them out of the fridge.
  • The total baking time should be around 25 minutes; if a golden brown texture appears on the edges or the top, that should do as well.

Let it cool down before adding the topping. Your tasty and crunchy blueberry-perfect scones are ready! Serve warm the fresh scones.

A tip: Scones, whether iced or not, are okay to consume if kept in the refrigerator for five days or two if at room temperature.

Blueberries recipe for scones goes with other combinations like – lemon blueberry scones with added lemon zest and icing, making the scone more fresh and light. Click here for the recipe.

Pumpkin recipe for scones

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For those who are not a sweet tooth, don’t worry; we have got you covered. With a flaky and buttery texture, the pumpkin scones give enough spice to make it the classic savory recipe for scones.

Ingredients for scone

1) All-purpose flour (250 gms/2 cups)

2) Baking powder (2 and a 1/2 tsp)

3) Ground cinnamon (1 tsp)

4) Pumpkin pie spice (1 and 1/2 tsp)

5) Salt (1/2 tsp)

6) Frozen butter – unsalted (115 gms/1 and a half cup)

7) Heavy cream (1/3 cup and 2 tbsps or 105 ml)

8) Egg (1)

9) Canned Pumpkin puree (115 gms/1 and a half cup)

10) Brown sugar (100 gms/1 and a half cup)

11) Vanilla extract (1 tsp)

For the topping, coarse sugar can be added. Try this scone out, especially if into sweet scones.

Ingredients for the maple glaze

If someone wants a sweet and spicy flavor, a maple glaze will do

1) Unsalted butter (30 gms/2 tbsp)

2) Pure maple syrup (80 ml/1 by 3 cups)

3) Confectioners’ sugar (112 gms/ 1 cup)

4) salt to taste

Instructions

The preparation and cooking time would be 45 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 204°c or 400°F. The lined baking sheet with parchment paper needs to be kept in the middle-low position in the baking rack.
  • Depending on the size of the scones, the number of baking sheets can differ. For mini scones, two baking sheets are preferred.
  • Take a large bowl – mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt whisked.
  • Add the frozen butter by grating it onto the created mixture until it comes apart as crumbs. Set this preparation aside.
  • Take a small bowl – add heavy cream (75 ml), egg, pumpkin puree (blotted with a towel to remove the moisture), brown sugar, and vanilla extract whisked.
  • Drizzle these wet ingredients into the other mixture until moist.
  • Shape the scone dough into a ball on a floured surface. Press it into an 8-inch disc shape, and cut eight equal wedges. For a smaller one, two discs of 5 inches cut into eight wedges can be used.
  • On the prepared baking sheet, place the scones apart.
  • The scones can be brushed with heavy cream and sprinkled with coarse sugar if needed.
  • Baking time for the larger scones can be 20 to 25 minutes or until it appears light brown. For the smaller ones, it can be 18 to 20 minutes or till it’s light brown.

Once done, allow it to cool and then ice.

Recipe for Glaze

  • Take a small saucepan, keep it on low heat.
  • Melt the maple syrup and butter, whisk it from time to time.
  • After the butter is melted, whisk it in the confectioner’s sugar without heat.

Add salt if needed. Finally, drizzle this delicious syrup over the baked scones.

On the sweet and spicy side, this might be the best recipe for scones.

Master recipe for scones

Of course, for those wanting to have their add-ons on basic scone-like berries, cheese, and chocolate chips, a master recipe for scones is provided as well.

Ingredients

1) All-purpose flour (2 cups)

2) Sugar (1/2 cup, if a savory flavor, then reduce 2 tbsp)

3) Baking powder (to raise the scone level – 2 and a half tsp)

4) Salt (for the flavor – 1/2 tsp)

5) Normal or cold butter is fine, basically to provide a flaky and crisp flavor – 1/2 cup

6) Heavy cream/buttermilk (120 ml/ 1 and a half cup)

7) Egg (1)

8) Pure vanilla extract (1 and a half teaspoons)

9) Add ons like chocolate chips, nuts, fruits, sliced almonds, and so forth – around 1 or 1 and a half cup

Toppings can also vary from just sugar, vanilla icing to lemon curd. The choice can be according to one’s taste.

Instructions:

The preparation and cooking time would be 1 hour.

  • Take a large bowl – add flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder, after properly whisking them. Add grated frozen butter next, either with a pastry cutter or forks until a crumbly mixture comes.
  • This can be placed in the fridge till the wet ingredients are prepared.
  • Take a small bowl – add heavy cream (1 and a half cups), egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Put this over the dry mixture, with add ons like chocolate chips, mix it till it appears moist.
  • For triangle scones, pour the mixture on a floured counter, roll the dough into a ball. Press an 8-inch disc, and then cut the scone dough to 8 equal wedges.
  • Brush the scone dough with either heavy cream or sugar as preferred to give it an extra crunch.
  • Place the scones on a lined baking sheet, refrigerate them for 15 minutes.
  • While doing that, preheat the oven to 204°C or 400°F
  • Take a large baking sheet with a silicone mat for mini take 2.
  • Bake for around 25 minutes, or till a golden brown appearance shows.
  • Let it cool down, and add your favorite toppings.
  • This can be used as a recipe for scones for everyone’s favorite flavors.
  • Recipe for scones with specificities

For those whose tastes haven’t matched above, try the following alternatives:

  • For the pure vegans out there, you can make scones with coconut milk as well. Click here for the recipe.
  • For those on a gluten-free diet, this recipe for gluten-free scones might just be a perfect choice. These crunchy scones are as good as the store scones.
  • Both the beverages – either coffee or tea, would pair amazingly with fluffy almond scones made of almond extract. Click now for the recipe.
  • Want to mix ice cream and scone flavors in one? This brown sugar with toasted pecans scone might just be the one for you. This nutty scone is equally good with a hot beverage.
  • For some berries and chocolate favorites, This Raspberry scone with white chocolate drizzle might be a good choice.

We have provided some of the top recipes with popular ingredients in this article. If you like this, click here for other easy dessert recipes.

 

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