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Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week with Waitrose's Perfect Scones recipe

Perfect Scones
14 August 2017
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One of Britain's longest-standing culinary traditions is being celebrated with Afternoon Tea Week from 14-20 August, and what better way to celebrate than with scones? This recipe from Waitrose creates the perfect scones within 30 minutes, and they are delicious served fresh with jam and cream. Enjoy!

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total time: 25-27 minutes

Makes: 8-10

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  • 300g essential Waitrose Self Raising White Flour
  • 75g butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml milk
  • Butter, to serve
  • Strawberry conserve, to serve
  • Whipped or clotted cream, to serve

Perfect Scones


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the flour in a mixing bowl and stir in the cubes of butter, then rub it in, using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Lift the mixture to incorporate air and keep it light.
  2. Stir in the sugar, then pour in the milk and mix with a round-bladed knife to make a soft dough. When the mixture forms a rough ball, place on a work surface that has been lightly dusted with flour.
  3. Knead the dough briefly to smooth out the cracks, taking care not to overwork it or your scones will not rise so well. Roll out to about 1½–2cm thick and cut into rounds using a 6cm pastry cutter. Gather up the scraps of dough, knead briefly, roll out again and cut out further scones.
  4. Arrange the scones on a baking sheet. Bake for 10–12 minutes, until they have risen and are golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. Serve warm or cold. Split the scones, spread with butter and strawberry conserve and top with whipped or clotted double cream.

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Cook's tip:

If you want a light shine, brush with a little milk and sprinkle with caster sugar. For a high glaze, brush the tops with a beaten egg.

• To make savoury cheese scones: Omit the sugar and stir in 75g grated mature cheddar instead. Add 1 tsp mustard with the milk. Brush the tops of the scones with milk and sprinkle with a little more grated cheese before baking

For more afternoon tea recipes, please visit Waitrose

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