Joanne’s British Scones Recipe, for Afternoon Tea


Scones are a classic British treat typically enjoyed during afternoon tea. The scones made by Traveling Spoon host Joanne were some of the favorite things we tasted during our travels in London. Joanne hosts travelers for an authentic afternoon tea in her home, and, an avid baker, bakes a variety of tea-time treats that she serves alongside traditional finger sandwiches. Scones, as Joanne will tell you, are a mandatory part of any afternoon tea. Her recipe is simple and delicious. For a traditional topping, break open your warm scones and top with clotted cream (a delicious thick cream somewhere between whipped cream and butter) and jam.

Authentic British Scones Recipe


8 oz (225 grams) self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
2 oz (50 grams) butter
4-5 fluid oz (125-150 ml) milk
Flour for kneading
Milk or beaten egg for glazing (optional)


Grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400˚F.

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Rub in the butter, then mix to a soft dough with the milk. Knead very lightly on a floured surface until smooth.

Roll or pat the dough out to about 1 cm thick and cut into rounds using a 6 cm cutter. Re-roll trimmings and cut, until all dough is used.

Place the scones onto the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with milk or beaten egg, if using.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

Add clotted cream and jam to your heart’s desire! Traditional British Afternoon Tea

Check out host Joanne’s profile and be sure to book an authentic British afternoon tea experience with her when you’re next in London!

Joanne’s British Scones Recipe, for Afternoon Tea