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Fruit scones recipe

Fruit scones recipe

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Afternoon tea isn't complete without scones. Bake our classic fruit scones recipe for light, fluffy scones studded with plenty of sultanas and mixed fruit before making the big decision - will you add jam first or cream first? See method

  • Makes 8
  • 25 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 304 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting and cutting
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 85g cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 175ml milk, plus extra to glaze
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 35g mixed dried fruit
  • 40g sultanas

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 14%
  • Saturates

    6g 28%
  • Sugars

    12g 13%
  • Salt

    0.7g 11%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 51.2g Protein 5.5g Fibre 2g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Line a baking sheet with nonstick baking paper. Put the flour in a bowl with the salt and baking powder, then mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  2. Add the butter, then rub together with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs, then stir through the caster sugar. Make a well in the centre of the mixture.
  3. Heat the milk in a small pan or in the microwave until lukewarm. Add the lemon juice.
  4. Pour the milk mix into the well and add the dried fruit and sultanas. Stir with a metal spoon to combine into a shaggy dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead briefly for 30 secs to bring into a smooth dough.
  6. Pat the dough into a disc about 4cm thick. Dip a 6cm cookie cutter (or the edge of a glass) into flour to prevent it from sticking and use it stamp out scones. Gently pat and knead the trimmings together to stamp out remaining scones. It should make about 8 scones.
  7. Transfer to the lined baking sheet. Brush with milk to glaze. Bake for 12-14 mins until risen and golden.

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