Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.
Homemade Fruit Scones
My husband loves scones for teatime, and these homemade fruit scones are utterly delicious. Not only that, but you'll be surprised by how easy they are to make. For this recipe, I used basic ingredients that you probably already have at home. All you need are flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, baking powder, salt, and of course some dried fruits (I used raisins). If you don't have raisins or don't like them, you can substitute sultanas, dried cranberries, or even blueberries.
Tips for Flaky Scones
To get flaky scone layers and pockets, you must begin with cold ingredients. This is in contrast to other baked goods such as breads, cakes, or cookies, where the recipe usually calls for ingredients to be at room temperature.
For this recipe, I used cold butter straight from the fridge. Cold butter is perfect for making scones because we are aiming for a sandy texture in the mixture. I also used cold eggs and cold whole milk, again straight from the fridge.
After the dough comes together, I wrap it with cling wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes before starting to shape them. This is an optional step; you can skip the resting period, if you prefer.
Perfect for Teatime
I promise you that these homemade fruit scones are delicious; they are perfect for teatime with your family and friends. I love eating scones with a little bit of jam and clotted cream. It is a perfect combination. However, these scones are also delicious plain. Generally, they are best when they’re served warm. If you keep them for a later day, you can reheat them in the oven.
To get the golden brown effect on top, make sure to brush some egg wash on top before placing them in the oven.
If you have leftovers, wrap them in foil or plastic wrap or keep them in a zip-lock bag. Properly stored scones will last up to two days at room temperature.
Now, let's see the full ingredients.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes (including baking time)
Serves: 12 scones
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 tablespoons cold butter (cut into chunks)
- 1 cup cold whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- Egg wash (milk and egg mixture)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the butter and use your hands to combine the butter with the flour mixture. Make sure there aren't any chunks of butter; the mixture should have a sandy texture to it (refer to the photo below).
- In a pitcher, combine the milk and egg. Lightly beat together. Slowly pour the mixture into the mixing bowl.
- Stir to combine with a whisk or spatula.
- Transfer the mixture onto a baking mat or floured surface. Knead until the dough comes together into a smooth ball.
- Combine the raisins into the dough. Knead lightly until the raisins are combined with the dough.
- Roll the dough about 1 inch thick and use a round cutter (I used a Mason jar lid) to cut about 6 circles. Gather the scraps and re-roll to cut another 6 circles.
- Place the scones onto parchment paper or baking sheet.
- Brush the tops with the egg wash.
- Bake the scones for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
- Allow the scones to cool slightly as they are still baking through.
- Enjoy the scones with jam and cream.
How to Eat Scones Properly
© 2019 Liza
Liza (author) from USA on November 01, 2019:
Thank you so much, Linda, for your nice comment. You read my mind :) I actually had these scones with strawberry jam. They were so perfect together with clotted cream.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 31, 2019:
I think that clotted cream and strawberry jam would be wonderful with your scones! Thanks for sharing another lovely recipe, Liza.