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Authentic Scottish Scones

This authentic Scottish Scones recipe is from the blog Orangette. These delicate scones go wonderfully with a hot cup of tea or strong caffe’ latte.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Scones, tea time
Servings: 8 scones
Author: Lora


  • ½ cup milk you could use almond, oat or coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • ½ stick 2 ounces unsalted butter, cubed and chilled (use vegan butter sticks if you like)
  • 3 Tbs sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and the egg and then set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt.
  • Rub the butter into the flour mixture, working until you have no lumps bigger than a pea. Add the sugar and toss to mix. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Bring dough together gently with a wooden spoon.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it no more than 12 times. [Apparently, twelve is the magic number here; surpass it at your own risk.] Pat dough into a round approximately 1-inch thick, and cut into 8 wedges. Place on an ungreased baking sheet or a Silpat.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush milk onto the wedges.
  • Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Cool on a rack and serve with your favorite jam.