• Sarah L Samuels

Sarah’s Cafe Fruit Scones

Updated: Aug 22

When I had my cafe I was making scones every morning before we opened at 10am. We always made fruit and cheese scones and they were always good sellers. It took many tries to get a recipe I was happy with and my customers really loved them!

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My scones contain buttermilk and they are nice and fluffy inside and rise beautifully. Don’t let the buttermilk put you off as all you need is regular milk and some lemon juice. You don’t need to go out and buy it! Just the juice of half a lemon is enough for 100ml of milk.

You need cold butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until you have a texture of fine breadcrumbs.

Finally make sure your dough is slightly wet before cutting the scones out.


230g Self Raising Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

40g Unsalted Cubed Cold Butter

40g Caster Sugar

50g Sultanas

1 Large egg

100 ml Buttermilk (100ml milk + juice of half a lemon)


  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade (200C Fan) or Gas Mark 7

  2. In a large bowl weigh out the SR flour, baking powder and butter.

  3. Rub the butter into the flour until you have a texture of fine breadcrumbs.

  4. Add the sugar and sultanas.

  5. In a measuring jug put the buttermilk and egg and lightly whisk with a fork.

  6. Add 3/4 of milk mixture into the dry ingredients and bring together with your hands. Add the remaining milk mixture until the dough comes together and slightly sticky.

  7. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured bench and roll out gently or flatten with your hands to about 2cm thick then cut out with a 6 cm cutter. Re-roll and cut out until all the dough is used.

  8. Place on greased baking tray and brush with milk or any egg mixture that is left.

  9. Bake for 12-14minutes

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Sarah’s extra slice......

Makes approx 6 scones with a 6 cm cutter.

When cutting the scones do not twist the cutter as the scones will not rise evenly or straight.

The mixture does need to be slightly sticky for a nice fluffy centre.

You can use other dried fruit such as cranberries if you like.

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