Mum's Simple Economy Scones

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

I learned how to make these when I was a little girl. After looking at other more complex recipes, involving eggs and cream, I thought there might be space for mine. All you need is self- rising flour, butter and milk, and Hey Presto! You have afternoon tea or a snack.


  1. Preheat your oven to 250C
  2. Sift flour and salt in a bowl.
  3. Rub in the butter with your fingertips, until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Make a well, and add almost all of the milk.
  5. (Reserve about a tbs) With a butter knife, quickly work in the milk to the flour, making a dough.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough very lightly.
  7. Flatten gently with your hands to 1.5cm thick
  8. Use a round cutter to cut out discs.
  9. On a buttered tray place scones next to each other.
  10. Brush with reserved milk.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes, or until scones sound hollow when tapped.
  12. Serve with tea, whipped cream and strawberry jam and you have Devonshire tea.
  13. Or add herbs/grated cheese for savoury scones to serve with soups and casseroles.


Most Helpful

Thank you for posting this recipe the scones where lovely so esay to make , will be adding to my cook book thanks .

lisa @6 May 10, 2009

Quite good. =) Didn't rise as much as expected, and the dough got a lot tougher when rolling out for the second time (after cutting out the first scones). Will be making again, thanks!

Kelsey* January 30, 2008

WOW... Even without the whipped cream and jam, I am loving these. I can see that as a base recipe one can do amazing things. I replaced 2/3 cup of milk with cream to make them richer, and only had margerine - no butter. I was looking for a quick easy inexpensive comforty food recipe. This wins hands down. I look forward to trying the other suggestions. Oh, and neither floured or oiled pan, and sorry, but plopped into a 'silverstone' square cake tin. But again, shows the great diversity of using this recipe.

Sadie Lady January 07, 2008

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