How to make PERFECT Scones easy – the BEST Step by Step Recipe

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 the scones 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 Recipe

Finished fluffy light Scones

But what is the secret to making perfect scones every time?

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 recipe for us to make.
Naturally, I chose all the sweet delicious looking cakes, cookies, and desserts recipes.
Scones with Strawberry Jam

Scones with Strawberry Jam

One day, I decided I wanted to bake 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, so I didn’t think something as simple as a scone would fail.
Making the Perfect Scone light and fluffy

Making the Perfect Scone light and fluffy

We went through 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 at Morning Tea

Perfect Scones with Tea

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

Scones with Jam

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.
Plenty of the best fresh Scones

Plenty of fresh 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.

What you’ll need to bake the Perfect Scones

  • A Food Processor
  • 2 1/2 cups Self Raising
  • Flour 375gm
  • 30 gm cold butter chopped into cubes
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk 310mls
The Perfect Scone

Secrets for Making PERFECT Scones

Course: Morning Tea
Cuisine: English
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 25
Author: Julie
The only recipe and tips you need for making perfect scones every time.
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  • 2 1/2 cups SR Flour 375gm
  • 30 gm 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 on cooking perfect scones, just remember they like to be made by mixing cool and no hands!

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