Devon Scones

A traditional baking recipe from Devon found on
Devon Scones

A Heavenly Treat for Tea Time!

Devon scones and jam must be one of the most wonderful things to have with a traditional afternoon tea! They’re on the menu of all the teashops that I’ve ever been in and even British Airways serve them on their flights.

In contrast to griddle scones from other parts of England, Devon Scones are glazed with beaten egg and baked in a fairly hot oven.

They’re soft and dryish and go particularly well with the very rich clotted cream produced in the Westcountry.

They’re traditionally served with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

If you’re so minded you can join the age-old debate: jam first and then cream? Or cream first and then jam?

225 g / 9 oz plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
50 g / 2oz butter
25 g / 1oz caster sugar
150 ml milk
1 medium egg

This quantity will make 8 scones. And no, there are no raisins in the traditional recipe.


[1] Preheat oven to 450° F / 230° C / gas 8 and lightly grease a baking tray.

[2] Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

[3] Stir in the sugar. Add all the milk and mix lightly into a soft dough.

[4] Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead briefly. Do not overwork the dough or your scones will be tough!

[5] Roll the dough out to 1.25 cm / 1/2 in thickness and cut out rounds.

[6] Place on the greased baking tray. Brush the tops with beaten egg and bake for 7-10 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.

[7] Cool on a wire rack.