Fruit Scones



Fruit scones are a delightful treat, perfect for breakfast, tea time, or as a snack. These traditional British scones are soft, flaky, and studded with sweet dried fruits. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, they’re best served warm with clotted cream and jam or simply with a pat of butter.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30-35 minutes


  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (75g) mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, or sultanas)
  • Extra flour for dusting
  • Milk or beaten egg for glazing


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in the Butter:
    • Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add the Dried Fruit:
    • Stir the dried fruit into the flour and butter mixture.
  5. Combine Wet Ingredients:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  6. Form the Dough:
    • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The dough should be slightly sticky but manageable.
  7. Shape the Scones:
    • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently a few times to bring it together. Pat the dough into a round disc about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.
  8. Cut the Scones:
    • Use a floured 2-inch (5 cm) round cutter to cut out scones from the dough. Place the scones onto the prepared baking sheet. Gather any remaining dough, pat it out again, and cut more scones.
  9. Glaze and Bake:
    • Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk or beaten egg for a shiny finish.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown and well-risen.
  10. Cool and Serve:
    • Transfer the scones to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with clotted cream and jam or butter.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Pair with a pot of tea for a classic British tea-time experience.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and yogurt for a light breakfast.
  • Enjoy as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.

Cooking Tips:

  • Ensure the butter is very cold to create flaky scones.
  • Do not overwork the dough; handle it as little as possible to keep the scones light and tender.
  • For extra flavor, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the dry ingredients.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Dried Fruits: Provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Butter: Adds richness and helps create a flaky texture.
  • Egg: Provides protein and contributes to the scones’ structure.

Dietary Information:

  • Vegetarian
  • Can be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Can be made dairy-free by using plant-based butter and milk alternatives.


Classic Fruit Scones are a timeless treat that brings a touch of elegance to any occasion. With their tender crumb and bursts of sweet dried fruit, these scones are sure to be a hit whether served at a formal tea party or enjoyed as a simple snack. Easy to make and absolutely delicious, this recipe is a must-try for any baking enthusiast. Enjoy the warm, comforting flavors of these delightful scones!



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