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Editor's Note: If you can't make it to Highclere Castle — the elegant estate that serves as the setting of the hit TV show "Downton Abbey" — then do the next best-thing by making these delightful Scones. This recipe is easy to make, only requires six ingredients, and can be ready to eat within about 30 minutes. You will love to serve these scones with tea for a delightful treat one afternoon, include them in the menu the next time you will host the family brunch at home, or whip them up the next time company drops by unexpectedly. You'll love sharing these delicious baked goods with family and friends.

These little scones are best eaten while still slightly warm, split and spread with lashings of clotted or whipped cream and homemade strawberry jam. A large pot of tea is the requisite accompaniment.

Makes24 small scones

Cooking MethodBaking



Total TimeUnder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseSnack, Starch

MealBreakfast, Brunch, Snack, Tea

Taste and TextureButtery

Type of DishBread, Quickbreads, Scones


  • 4 cups self-rising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 7 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1 cup milk 


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly dust a large baking sheet flour.

  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and stir well. Crumble in the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips to make fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar. Using a fork, stir in the milk gradually – just enough to bring it into a soft, slightly sticky dough which you should handle as little as possible. Add a drop more milk if necessary.

  3. Sprinkle some flour over your worktop and turn the dough out on to it. Flour your hands and bring the dough into a ball. Using a lightly

  4. floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to a thickness of 3/4 inch. Using a 2-inch cutter, stamp out a round and place it on the baking tray. Cut out as many more scones as you can. Bring the remaining scraps of dough into a ball and roll out again to make the last few scones.

  5. Dust the scones with a little flour and bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes or until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.


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Since the recipe calls for baking powder anyway, it would be nice to know how much baking powder would be needed if plain, all-purpose flour were used in lieu of self-rising flour. Thanks!


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