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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.41 / 5 (567 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
15 min
makes 10-12

Rachel Allen shares a recipe using light Italian flour for a twist on this classic teatime treat


1. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7.

2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and salt into a large bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix well.

3. Set aside about a third of the beaten egg and combine the rest with the buttermilk, then add to the flour mixture and mix briefly to combine into a moist dough. Place on a lightly floured work surface and knead ever so slightly to bring together, then press or roll out to a thickness of 2cm.

4. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut out approximately 12 scones and place on a floured baking tray.

5. Add about a teaspoon or so of buttermilk to the remainder of the beaten egg to make an egg wash. Brush the scones with the egg wash (and dip the tops in sugar if you wish) and bake in the oven for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve while hot.

Adapted from Rachel Allen, Bake (Collins)


  • 500 g light Italian or plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 heaped tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 125 g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • 25 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 275 ml buttermilk or milk, plus extra for the egg wash
  • 50 g caster or granulated sugar, (optional)

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This recipe works beautifully. The scones are so light and they have risen wonderfully. I left out the sugar but I sprinkled the tops with golden granulated sugar instead. Perfect with raspberry jam. I'll be using this recipe from now on. Thanks Rachel Allen! ;-)

CarmelD21738 CarmelD21738  Posted 13 Jan 2015 1:22 PM

light, delicious scones! Didn't have unsalted butter so used salted instead and added only 1/4 tsp salt - tasted fine. Used Italian 00 flour but it is expensive so will try plain flour next time and see how they go. Also used 1 tbsp lemon juice with 260 ml regular milk. Will definitely make again!

JudyA66458 JudyA66458  Posted 04 Jun 2012 5:34 AM

I can use 00 pasta flour to make the scones very light

JaneJ46112 JaneJ46112  Posted 15 Apr 2012 1:27 PM

Very light scones. Sugar topping great

HeatherD60222 HeatherD60222 Posted 10 Mar 2012 4:12 PM

Amazing. Halved the amount of salt after reading previous comments. Turned out so,light and fluffy. Perfect with cream and jam. The sugary topping is good too.

DawnN28512 DawnN28512 Posted 18 Feb 2012 12:11 PM

looks like delisiousSmile

iliaK23648 iliaK23648 Posted 09 Feb 2012 6:19 PM

Easy to make, tastes great.

CocoaPowder CocoaPowder Posted 16 Aug 2011 1:16 PM

to Diamondee: this is a perfect recepie, may i suggest you retry it, my questions to your failed attempt would be to the type of salt, it really is best with sea salt, as it isn't as salty as commercial table salt. the second thing i would question is make sure to use unsalted butter. if the ratios of soda, salt, and cream of tartar are not very close, the chemistry for raising the dough as it cooks won't work properly, leaving the scone heavy, and or salty.

GeoffreyC58486 GeoffreyC58486 Posted 03 Aug 2011 1:27 PM

Have 5 of Racchel's books, every recipe I've tried comes out perfect, but not this one....scones were very salty, too salty for us to eat! Gonna try without salt as bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar are both salty, maybe salty enough :/

Diamondee Diamondee Posted 10 Mar 2011 8:42 AM

How come sugar is down twice in two different measures .

derrickJ91816 derrickJ91816 Posted 05 Mar 2011 11:12 PM

The recipe is accurate, idiot proof!!!! never bake in my life and they turned out to be great. Thanks

farnoushH60867 farnoushH60867 Posted 05 Dec 2010 8:09 PM

I love Rachel Allen's recipes, they're great XXX

Rosemary42 Rosemary42 Posted 04 Nov 2010 8:44 AM

I didn't know I could make such great scones. Great recipe.

Julie141 Julie141 Posted 11 Aug 2009 9:54 AM

Delicious, best scones i have ever made. We loved them.


lovely lady lovely lady Posted 08 Aug 2009 1:14 PM

I tried this and its very lovely... My husband likes it as well

Mrs.ES Mrs.ES Posted 21 Jun 2009 7:14 PM

Very delicious scones, they are so light! I didn't have any 00 flour so I just used regular. I also used whole milk instead of the buttermilk. We loved them!

Nickkibabes Nickkibabes Posted 09 May 2009 10:28 AM

Made these delicious little scones this morning, Children love them and very easy to make!

DeborahK58324 DeborahK58324 Posted 05 May 2009 1:23 PM

The best, lightest scones i have ever made! The children absolutely loved the sugar topping!

MagaliR86354 MagaliR86354 Posted 30 Oct 2008 2:21 PM

Very straightforward recipe and the result was delicious. I didn't have buttermilk so I used milk mixed with a bit of white vinegar. Also added 50 g of raisins which I marinated in rhum. Divine!!!

Wass Wass Posted 24 Oct 2008 3:14 PM