Make all your favourite British scones from this one basic scone recipe. It takes no time to knock together and is great for using up leftover milk.
1. Plain English Scones
This scone recipe doesn’t need eggs or buttermilk, tastes lovely plain, or try adding one of the variations listed below.
The scones are still nice and fresh the next day too, which is a bit unusual as far as scone recipes often go. English scones are traditionally served with raspberry jam and whipped or clotted cream.
2. Cheese Scones
Stir in 1/2 cup grated cheese and a pinch of cayenne pepper with the dry ingredients. Serve hot, split open, lighty buttered, stuffed with wedges of vine ripened tomatoes and garnished with parsley.
3. Savoury Scone Recipe
Add 1/4 cup finely chopped bacon or ham and a tablespoon finely chopped parsley to the dry ingredients.
Replace bacon and parsley with 1/4 cup finely chopped celery and 1/4 cup grated cheese.
4. Cherry Scones
Add 110 g glace cherries with the dry ingredients.
5. Date Scone Recipe
Add 85 g / 1/4 cup chopped dates with the dry ingredients.
6. Wholemeal Scones
Substitute half the self raising flour with wholemeal flour.
7. Apple Scones
1 medium cooking apple — peel and chop, add with the dry ingredients.
8. Christmas Pudding Scones
— similar scones won a competition for National Trust visitors in the café at the Treasurer’s House in York, England.
Add 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice and 65 g leftover English Christmas Pudding (broken into tiny pieces) to the dry ingredients. A teaspoon or two of brandy can be added with the milk if liked.
9. Sultana or Raisin Scones
Add 110 g sultanas or raisins with the dry ingredients.
10. Coconut Scones
Mix in 50 g desiccated coconut with the dry ingredients.
11. Walnut Scones
Mix in 50 g chopped walnuts with the dry ingredients.