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Proper Cornish Scones

a Cornish delight

Scones are the easiest baking treat you could possibly enjoy and one that will truly enhance any Cornish cream tea and afternoon tea. Follow this simple recipe and fill your kitchen with the smell of warm scones. Don’t forget, when have patiently waited just enough time for your bakes to cool down and are ready to make your cream tea make sure you do it the Cornish way, jam first and then clotted cream!

ingredients 7 ingredients
Prep 15 minutes Cooking 20 minutes
user icon Serves 12 people
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  • 500g plain flour
  • 15g baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g diced butter
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 egg


  1. Sieve flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a bowl.
  2. Using just your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it is no longer visible.
  3. Add the milk and mix well. Once it starts to come together, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it forms a smooth, soft dough.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees /Gas Mark 6.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 2.5 cm thick and cut into rounds with a 5cm cutter. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. For the egg wash, beat the egg in a small bowl and brush the tops of the scones twice.
  7. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes. Do not over-bake them or they will be dry.
  8. Serve them warm with Cornish clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.
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Comments (9)

Sarah says: 02 Mar 2024 at 7:33 pm

Used this recipe many times. Other recipes seem to steer towards a different approach but you can’t beat the traditional proper Cornish scone.

Kath says: 23 Jun 2022 at 4:27 pm

I am going to try these scones, i don't have much luck usually, with scones. But i will give these a go, Thanks for the recipe

Claire Hambly says: 01 Feb 2022 at 8:26 am

Thank you for your comment, yes add ins are very acceptable! We often add raisins! In terms of the butter I fear grating it frozen would cause it to soften and melt too quickly. Hope this helps and happy baking!

Denise says: 30 Jan 2022 at 12:56 pm

At the risk of being called a heathen, how accepting of add-ins is this recipe? For example, cinnamon chips, or blueberries? (Yes, I am American, but I adore scones)Also, as a very VERY inexperienced Baker, would it be acceptable to freeze and grate the butter rather than trying to work it into the flour from cubes? I worry about melting it too much. Lordy. Sorry, baking makes me very nervous (cooking is art, baking is science and scary stuff!!). Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. (Don't worry, the one thing I know I CAN manage is metric to US conversions.)

Chris Woolf says: 02 Jun 2021 at 5:20 pm

While I fully understand about not upsetting the mass belief that cream teas should be based on scones, it might be worth recognising that baking powder is a relatively modern invention, and that Cornish splits (or the equivalent Devon chuddleigh) were really the original base.Given the massive increase in interest in yeast cookery recently it would be excellent to promote these delightful little yeast buns as an alternative to scones. They are remarkably easy to make, and freeze very well too.From your point of view splits have the great benefit of being a lot less filling than the baking powder scone - our visitors invariably manage an "extra" and therefore eat a second helping of cream!

Barbara says: 17 Jun 2020 at 5:41 pm

I highly recommend RODDAS CLOTTED CREAM, there is no other to match it. I’m 87 years lived in Devon ADORE RODDAS CREAM. I buy it at my local Waitrose Supermarket now in Salisbury.

Barbara says: 17 Jun 2020 at 5:38 pm

My mouth is watering Just at the thought. Butter first then I spread the jam THEN I put HUGE DOLLOP OF RODDAS CREAM you cannot see the Scome the Rhodes Cream iS three times taller. Delicious xx???????? then try biting into it???????????????? There is NO CREAM LIKE RODDAS CREAM.

becky says: 08 Jun 2020 at 5:39 pm

Hi Mark, its just an egg. Recipe now ammended :)

mark says: 30 May 2020 at 11:15 am

Whats the ingredients mixture for the egg wash???

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