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How to Make Perfect Homemade Fruit Scones Every Time

Gabriel loves to cook all kinds of foods, from baking to a full roast dinner.

Fruit scones with jam and cream.

Fruit scones with jam and cream.

Homemade Fruit Scones Recipe

There is nothing better on a Sunday morning than hot fruit scones straight from the oven smothered in fresh whipped cream with a bit of raspberry jam to compliment your first morning coffee and prepare you for the day ahead. Read on for a foolproof recipe with a few tips to ensure that you get perfectly baked scones every morning.

Makes 6 scones


  • 170 grams self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50 grams butter, straight from the fridge, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 large handful of sultanas
  • 60 millilitres of milk
  • 1/2 (125 millilitres) pot of natural yoghurt
  • 1 beaten egg (well-beaten)


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7 (allowing the oven to preheat for about 10 minutes).
  2. Flour a nonstick baking tray, tipping off any extra flour.
  3. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  4. Rub in the butter to resemble fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Stir in the caster sugar and sultanas.
  6. Add the natural yoghurt and milk.
  7. Mix to a soft dough (don't overwork the dough or it will be heavy).
  8. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for a minute or two.
  9. Flatten out the dough.
  10. Using a sharp floured knife, cut into six even pieces (or use scone/cookie cutters).
  11. Mould each piece of dough into even circle shapes about 2 centimetres thick.
  12. Brush lightly with the beaten egg.
  13. Place on the nonstick baking tray and bake in the middle of the oven for 12 to 15 mins.
  14. Remove from the oven (the scones should be a light golden colour) and leave to cool on a wire rack (unless, like me, you love warm fruit scones straight from the oven).

Bake and Rate This Recipe

Homemade fruit scones.

Homemade fruit scones.

Fresh from the oven.

Fresh from the oven.

Fresh Cream Is the Best Accompaniment for Scones

To serve these scones with fresh cream:


  • Fresh double cream (to whip)
  • 1 tablespoon of fine caster sugar (to sweeten)
  • Raspberry jam (or a favorite preserve to top)


  1. Whip the double cream together with the caster sugar (don't over-whip).
  2. Cut the scone in two halves (while still warm).
  3. Smother with raspberry jam and top with a healthy dollop of the sweetened whipped cream.
  4. Indulge, and enjoy.

Hints and Tips


  • Preheat your oven to the exact temperature given.
  • Flour your baking tray rather than grease it; greasing can cause the bottom of the scone to become too brown and too hard.
  • Always sift the flour to get rid of any lumps.
  • Always use butter (never margarine) straight from the fridge.
  • Use natural yoghurt; the yoghurt adds a soft, creamy texture, making the scones lovely and light.
  • Knead lightly; too much kneading will make the scones too dense.
  • Brush with well-beaten egg; if the egg is not well-beaten, the scones will have a dappled, grainy colour rather than an even light golden brown colour.
  • Bake your scones in the middle of the oven; this ensures even cooking.
  • Allow the scones to cool slightly as they are still baking through.
  • Bake your scones for no more than 15 minutes, or the result will be dry, hard scones.
  • Ensure scones are completely cool before storing in a clean airtight container for up to two days; otherwise, they will sweat.

© 2011 Gabriel Wilson


Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on March 30, 2018:

Well done you. Take credit for yourself you obviously put the effort in and followed the recipe, so many people don't. Thank you for your feed back :)

Dolena on March 29, 2018:

Fantastic! First time I’ve ever made scones and they were delicious

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on September 29, 2014:

Hope you enjoy. I have just taught my sister (a non cook of anything) to make these and she was really impressed. Remember: don't handle the dough too much :)

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 28, 2014:

Hmmmm. Yummmie. I think the hints and tips are very helpful. I can't wait to try this.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on November 23, 2011:

Hope you enjoy :)

london55 from London on November 22, 2011:

I been trying to remember how to make them now I know thanks

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on November 22, 2011:


Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on November 19, 2011:

Hi jfay, good baking :)

jfay2011 on November 18, 2011:

Tummy. I will have to bookmark this

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on November 17, 2011:

Hey Simone. I must admit they taste pretty amazing too. Hope you enjoy :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 16, 2011:

Oooooooohmygoshtheselookamazing. Must. Make. These.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on November 14, 2011:

Tanx KoffeeKlatch Gals. I must say my Sunday mornings wouldn't be the same without hot scones, whipped cream and jam:)

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on November 13, 2011:

Your scones look delicious. I must try them. Great recipe.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on November 13, 2011:

Happy baking :)

jenubouka on November 12, 2011:

I sure will! I just have to convert to standard and I am there.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on November 12, 2011:

Hi jenubouka. The natural yoghurt does wonders. Hope you give it a try :)

jenubouka on November 12, 2011:

Great recipe and pics! The hints were very helpful and I loved how they were listed.

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