Secrets for Making PERFECT Scones
Secrets for Making PERFECT Scones

Secrets for Making PERFECT Scones

In winter I love the smell of buttery, light scones baking in the oven.  It makes me want to put on a cup of tea just thinking about them. The best thing is getting them straight out of the oven, breaking them open and smelling the delicious aroma. I love to then smear as much butter and jam over as possible!

The Perfect Scone

The Perfect Scone

But what is the secret to making perfect scones everytime?

Making the Perfect Scone Tips

Making the Perfect Scone Tips

When I was a kid my nan and I used to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking together. She would let me flick through her cookbooks and choose any dish for us to make. Naturally I chose all the sweet delicious looking cakes, cookies and desserts.
Scones with Strawberry Jam Foodgawker

Scones with Strawberry Jam Foodgawker

One day I decided I wanted to make scones; nan agreed, but she did warn me that her scones were usually tough and dry. By this time nan and I had baked soufflés together, made mousse and cheesecake etc, so I didn’t think something as simple as a scone would fail.
Making the Perfect Scone

Making the Perfect Scone

We went though the process of making the scones and sure enough they were quite heavy. My nan is a twin, and she explained to me that her twin sister makes perfect scones and pastry because she always has cold hands and doesn’t put any care into the mixture.
Scones & Tea

Scones & Tea

Over the years my scone making technique has improved and I can now produce the perfect scone everytime. Making scones kind of feels like cheating as they taste so good but are really easy to make. I have however, developed some never fail tips to ensure successful scones.
Making the Perfect Scone

Making the Perfect Scone

Tips for Making Perfect Scones

  1. Cold is their friend.
    • Use cold butter straight from the fridge
    • Winter is a great time to cook scones because the house is cold
    • Use ice cold water out of the fridge or cooler in the scone mixture
  2. They don’t like to be touched by hands.
    • If possible use a food processor to combine the butter and flour.
    • Our hands are warm and will melt the butter causing it to be absorbed by the flour instead of coating the flour. If you can’t use a food processor have cold hands and work very quickly.
    • Don’t knead the mixture ever! Once the water is added process until just barely combined.
  3. Scones like to cosy up to one another in the baking tray. This helps them to rise evenly in the cooking process. When placing the scones in the baking tray they need to be touching.
Warm Scones

Warm Scones

What I love about making scones using this technique is the less involved I am with the dough the better the scones.

Scones with Strawberry Jam

Scones with Strawberry Jam

I will literally, food process the ingredients as described in the recipe. Then I dump the dough on a lightly floured bench. I usually then just lightly form the mixture into an inch thick block and either cut the whole thing into squares or use a round cookie cutter (if I want round scones). I use an egg flip to move the scones into a floured baking tray.

Secrets for Making PERFECT Scones
Recipe Type: Morning Tea
Cuisine: English
Author: Julie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 25
The only recipe and tips you need for making perfect scones every time.
  • 2 1/2 cups SR Flour (375gm)
  • 30gm cold butter chopped into cubes
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (310mls)
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Line a baking tray with paper or flour it.
  3. Add the flour and butter to a food processor and process until the mixture looks like sand.
  4. Add the sugar and pulse until combined.
  5. Add the milk and process until the mixture balls.
  6. Tip the dough onto a floured bench and push gently into a square shape about an inch thick.
  7. Cut into squares with a knife or circles with a cookie cutter.
  8. Place the scones into prepared tray. The scones need to be touching. They will rise into each other but still be able to be torn apart when cooked.
  9. Cook for 25 minutes or until golden.

Well I hope you enjoy success with my recipe and tips. So tell me, what warming comfort foods do you enjoy in the winter time?

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  1. There is nothing better than this Julie, so inviting! I also use soda water and lemon juice with cream in mine. That old fashioned ‘lemonade’ effect. I will definitely try these 🙂

  2. Scones are one of my favorite comfort foods too. 🙂 Yours are so beautiful with such a good rise. 🙂

  3. have such a great nan not only for teaching you the cooking prowess but also for doing it with you for bonding time :). Lovely scones! I’m thinking if some of our purple yam jam will make a good match 😉

  4. They look so flaky and wonderfully delicious with jam!

  5. Great tips! I’m drinking a cup of tea right now, and you definitely have me craving scones! Really good recipe — thanks.

  6. Love, love, love scones. Yours look divine!

  7. Scones are my favorite!!! These are great tips!
    Melanie @

  8. These look beautiful. Put the kettle on!!

  9. What a beautiful thing to bake this winter…they look amazing! Great tips too Julie, thanks for sharing:-)

  10. I so didn’t know making perfect scones is using cold butter. I always thought it would be room temp. Fantastic post!

  11. Thanks for the tips and insight – I just made scones twice last weekend after going to a jam farm haha (we’re on the same wavelength!) Your scones look absolutely perfect and oh so cute 😀

  12. I have never baked scones! I love them but for some kind of reason I never thought to bake them. Now with your wonderful advices I’ll make my first time a great success!! Thanks!

  13. Fluffy scones are notoriously tricky! I have to confess I resort to the lemonade and cream trick for guaranteed fluffiness, but for the most part, any scone is usually fixed by lashings of jam and a mountain of whipped cream. Yum.

  14. I am not good at scones, so this is a helpful post! I’ll follow your ideas next time 🙂

  15. Your scones looks scrumptious! I’ve just returned from a trip to London and I’m desperately missing scones. Will definitely be trying out this recipe with your tips!

  16. Gorgeous scones, Julie! How wonderful that you have childhood memories of making the scones with your Nan. Great tips =)

  17. These scones definitely do look perfect. Craving one for afternoon tea with some jam and cream right now!

  18. mmm~~ I’m always up for a scone!
    Especially when warm and the cream just melts on it with that yummy yummy jam!
    Now I want a scone!!

  19. Scones always remind me of my childhood because I grew up in NZ and it was always cold. On Saturday mornings my mother always made scones and it was always lovely to have the oven on and enjoy a warm scone when it was ready to come out of the oven. Your scones look beautiful and light xx

  20. I love scones, but mine always come out like little bricks. I’m going to follow your top tips and see how I go!

    • Haha, I made brick scones with my nan the first time I tried scones. They could have been weapons! I hope you have more luck using my tips xx

  21. As I sit here in my cold house, with nothing to eat, but all the ingredients… and suddenly, a strange reason, a craving for scones 😉 I should really go and make them!! They really do look perfection!

  22. Julie your scones are gorgeous, I love scones as well and even if here is summertime I made as well!

  23. My turns should turn out perfectly perfect – my hands are ALWAYS cold #ColdHandsWarmHeart Memorising your tips – I love home-made scones.

  24. Great tips!

  25. Hi Julie my name is dale and I’m from Kimba south Australia. australia I made a batch of scones today using your recipe and all I can say is WOW and thank u best ever ? .

  26. Is there a substitute for self raising flour. Quantities of baking powder an soda
    hard to fond sr flour where I live


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