Easy and Delicious Fruit Scones

Easy and Delicious Fruit Scones

The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 6 scones
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
363 Calories
10g Fat
59g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 363
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 353mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 181mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A delicious fruit scone is an ultimate treat at any time of day and, of course, is the quintessential part of a traditional afternoon tea.

Fruit scones can be eaten hot but not straight from the oven; they will need to cool slightly. Alternatively, they are also good served cold, and always best eaten fresh. Homemade scones will keep for a day or two in an airtight box. They also freeze very well.

The success of the perfect scone depends on working as quickly and as lightly as possible, keeping all the ingredients as cool as possible. To make sure your scones are light, fluffy, and well risen, you may like to have a look at these simple tips for making the perfect scone; these tips apply to fruit as well as plain or cheese scones.


  • 3 1/2 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 2 ounces (55 grams) unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar

  • 1/3 cup (50 grams) sultanas, or chopped dates

  • 2/3 cup (100 milliliters) milk

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy and Delicious Fruit Scones ingredients

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  2. Heat the oven to 400 F /220 C / 200 C (fan) / Gas 6. Generously grease a baking sheet with butter and then sprinkle with flour.

    greased and floured baking sheet

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  3. Sieve the flour into a roomy baking bowl.

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  4. Add the cubed butter, baking powder, and salt.

    cubed butter, baking powder, and salt added to the flour in the bowl

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  5. Quickly rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Work quickly so the dough does not become heavy.

    hands rubbing butter into the flour

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  6. Add the sugar and the dried fruits.

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  7. Mix well.

    mix the flour mixture in the bowl

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  8. Make a well in the center.

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  9. Using a dinner knife, stir in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle it with a little flour

    dough in a bowl

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  10. Turn the mixture on to a floured board.

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  11. Knead very lightly until just smooth.

    knead dough on a floured surface

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  12. Then lightly roll out to 3/4-inch (2-centimeter) thick.

    dough formed into a circle

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  13. Cut rounds with a 2-inch (7.5-centimeter) cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife.

    dough cut into pieces

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  14. In a small bowl, mix together the 2 beaten eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk to create an egg wash.

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  15. Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture.

    scone dough pieces on a floured surface brushed with egg wash

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  16. Bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen.

    baked scones on a baking sheet

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  17. Cool on a wire rack before eating. Serve with butter, or lashings of jam and cream. Delicious!

    scones on a wire cooling rack
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Recipe Variations

  • Plain Scones: Remove the dried fruit from the recipe.
  • Cheese Scones: Omit the dried fruit and add 1/2 cup (55 grams) grated cheese and 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder to the mixture after rubbing in the fat and flour and continue with the basic recipe. Sprinkle the scones with 1/2 cup (55 grams) more grated cheese before baking the scones in the oven.