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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.21 / 5 (562 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
15 min
makes about 20

For a tea time treat that everyone will love, rustle up a batch of James Martin's scrumptious scones


1. Preheat the oven to 230C/210C fan/gas 8.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder and sugar together in a bowl. Sift again to ensure the baking power is well mixed.

3. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

4. Make a well in the centre and pour in the eggs and enough milk to give a fairly soft dough.

5. Mix in the sultanas.

6. Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out lightly to a thickness of about 2cm. Cut into rounds with a 5cm cutter.

7. Place the rounds on a baking sheet. Liberally brush with beaten egg, making sure the egg wash doesn't spill over the edges (this will prevent cooking).

8. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until brown and well risen.

9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Great recipe! Didn't rise as much as I hoped, but they tasted delicious. Used salted butter and salt and they tasted fine.

ChloeP96788 ChloeP96788  Posted 07 Jun 2015 3:57 PM

These scones are great, I used salted butter (though it still needs a pinch of salt) and all the liquid. The results were great big scones. I split the mix in two I made sultana and cheese, this is now on my baking wall

JanetL44169 JanetL44169  Posted 21 Feb 2015 3:16 PM

I agree, not so much milk use your own judgement.But, just tasted one hot,Fabulous. Thankyou James Martin. Valerie

ValerieKent ValerieKent  Posted 15 Aug 2014 2:51 PM

These scones turned out nice you defo don't need all the milk just watch what your doing. My only complaint would be they are a little too plain II personally will be adding a pinch of salt next time.

ElaineT22998 ElaineT22998 Posted 20 May 2014 6:33 PM

dead easy, taste great. you don't need all the liquid. just keep checking as you go.

Phil1540 Phil1540 Posted 07 Jan 2013 5:06 PM

Just made these today. Yes mix was a bit on the wet side but they turned out fantastic. Maybe I should have read the instructions and not added all the milk. will def make again....

EvelynB84260 EvelynB84260 Posted 17 Mar 2012 4:44 PM

They tatsted fine, bu did not raise very well, think a recipe with S R flour would be better

rosyni rosyni Posted 29 Jan 2012 3:55 PM

i made this following the recipe and ingredients and all i got was a huge sticky mess of dough...dunno what happened, but after adding loads of SR flour, it worked fine. made huge scones for my mum and dad, will try them later...

lauraC32759 lauraC32759 Posted 01 Nov 2011 10:57 AM

Does a convection microwave oven bake on the same temperatures and for the time given.

CynthiaG15940 CynthiaG15940 Posted 10 Oct 2011 4:57 PM

this was my 1st attempt at making scones and they are perfect and taste great!! 5 stars all the way

ginig ginig Posted 03 Sep 2011 11:11 AM

best recipe for these ever

Terri2 Terri2 Posted 27 Aug 2011 5:00 PM

Very good recipe, every thing have been made easy to follow and understand.
I however get confused, in a case where I have to double a recipe, I want to know if i have to also doubles ingredients such as yeast, sugar salt a well ?

AbrahamO53862 AbrahamO53862 Posted 15 May 2011 3:42 AM

Sorry 5 Star all the way

jane333 jane333 Posted 03 Jan 2011 4:24 PM

Best scones ever, James Martin never fails. 5 star

jane333 jane333 Posted 03 Jan 2011 4:21 PM

These scones are delicious. Light and fluffy. Just like my grandmother used to make. Be warned..they are devoured far too quickly for my liking. So make double the quantity!!

miazmo miazmo Posted 11 Dec 2010 11:55 AM

Delcious! Best scones I've ever made.

JaneR89754 JaneR89754 Posted 13 Sep 2010 8:11 PM

I would give this recipe THREE stars, perfect Scone recipe but lacks amount of fruit. ONE handful not enough according to my husband, maybe THREE for that amount of dough, sorry James.

CAROL 5 CAROL 5 Posted 02 Sep 2010 7:26 PM

used butermilk fantastic

nigelE11475 nigelE11475 Posted 12 Jul 2010 7:02 PM

tina get a life

CES1981 CES1981 Posted 25 Jan 2010 7:55 PM

ItsAvery quick and easy recipe and the scones taste great

HALF BAKED HALF BAKED Posted 13 Nov 2009 5:45 PM

As a lass born in Cornwall to a Yorkshire Father and a Cornish Mother, I have to say the Cornish scones prepare plain scones for cream teas. Just a plain scone with a small amount of added sugar is enough. I have found in Yorkshire they put butter, jam and cream on their fruit scones, 2 lots of fat! I am a great fan of James, love the part of Yorkshire you came from. Your fruit scones with butter are wonderful, but not for cream teas James!

jimmybean jimmybean Posted 21 Aug 2009 10:51 AM

I wish you would include lbs & ounces, fluid ounces etc within the recipes published, I do not use metric, I do not like metric and do not like being forced to using it which I wont and the result is your recipes become obsolete in my book. Not a good sales strategy?? Thank you

'tina 'tina Posted 21 Aug 2009 10:14 AM

Sorry forgot to put rating for this recipe

KateN59308 KateN59308 Posted 17 Jul 2009 12:09 PM

I have never made a scone in my life before today. I have now made a batch using this recipe and they are delicious, I better hide them before they are all eaten.

KateN59308 KateN59308 Posted 17 Jul 2009 12:08 PM

Dont understand why in your dessert book you say self raising flour and here you say use plain

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 25 Jun 2009 6:09 PM

the best scones ever although I used a bigger cutter and made bigger scones

JanetW8515 JanetW8515 Posted 04 May 2009 1:53 PM

easiest scone recipe ever!

susanH54830 susanH54830 Posted 28 Apr 2009 4:14 PM

this recipe is gorgouse! but instead of sultanas i addedmilk chocolate chips instead! they turned out lovely

helena17 helena17 Posted 11 Apr 2009 2:15 PM

Finally, after 25 years a scone recipe that works! Definitely to be a family regular after this. Lovely!

SharonA21518 SharonA21518 Posted 10 Mar 2009 5:22 PM

lovely , simple to make ,these will be a weekly bake in our house hold .

pink butterfly pink butterfly Posted 18 Jan 2009 6:27 PM

This recipe only requires a total of 500g of flour not 1000g, but when that quantity is used makes very nice scones.

haxeyhatter haxeyhatter Posted 23 Sep 2008 9:58 AM