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How to make 3-ingredient scones

An easy scone recipe that's quick to make and delicious with a range of toppings.

If you don’t know what to make for afternoon tea, make scones! One of the best things about this easy scone recipe is that they only need 15 minutes in the oven, meaning you’ll have a batch of freshly baked scones in no time.

Test Kitchen tip

Make as many scones from the first cutting as you can. Scones from subsequent rollings will be a little tougher and slightly misshapen.

Love scones? Try our gluten free scone version, or check out our collection of other sweet and savoury scone recipes to try.

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Basic scone


Basic scone


Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper. Sift into a large bowl. Rub in butter to make fine crumbs.


Make a well in centre; add milk. Using a round-bladed knife, cut through mixture until it forms a soft dough, adding 1-2 tablespoons more milk if needed. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly until smooth, then shape into a 2cm-thick round.


Using a 5.5cm cutter dipped into flour, cut round from dough. Place scones side by side on prepared tray. Brush tops with extra milk to glaze. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and well risen. Serve scones with jam and cream.

For best results, make on the day of serving.

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