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Treat yourself to bakery-quality cream sconesflaky, tender, and ready in under 15 minutes! They’re the perfect addition to your cozy breakfast or brunch, made with simple ingredients you likely have on hand

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Why You’ll Love This Cream Scones Recipe

  • Easy to Make: No butter-cutting, no yeast, and the scones bake in under 15 minutes.
  • Perfect Texture: The edges are crumbly, while the inside remains soft and tender.
  • Flavorful: Just the right amount of sweetness to perfectly complement your favorite jam or clotted cream.
  • Doubles Well: Need more scones? This recipe scales up effortlessly for bigger gatherings.
a scone topped with clotted cream and jam.

What Are Cream Scones?

Cream scones, traditionally enjoyed during British afternoon tea, differ from butter scones in their main ingredient: heavy cream. This cream-based approach results in scones that are soft and flaky, adding a luxurious touch to each bite. Moreover, using heavy cream simplifies the recipe by eliminating the need to incorporate butter into the dry mix. Consequently, you get to enjoy scones that are not only faster to prepare but also lighter and irresistibly tender.

Ingredients

flour, cream, sugar, egg, baking powder and salt on a wooden cutting board.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this small batch cream scones recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • All-Purpose Flour: Typically, you’ll need 1 cup of all-purpose flour for making scones. A little extra will be handy for dusting your work surface and handling the dough.
  • Baking Powder: This ingredient is crucial for giving your scones the perfect rise, making them light and airy.
  • Salt and Vanilla Extract: Both are used to enhance the flavor profile of your scones. Don’t skip them!
  • Granulated Sugar: 2 tablespoons are recommended for achieving a balanced sweetness in your scones.
  • Heavy Cream or Clotted Cream Liquid: Heavy cream is the go-to choice for this recipe, suitable for achieving that classic scone texture. However, if you’ve recently made clotted cream and have some leftover liquid (commonly known as whey), it serves as an excellent alternative. This byproduct elevates the richness of the scones, making them exceptionally tasty. For optimal results, opt for heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, both of which have a milk fat content of over 36%.
  • Egg Yolk: Just a single egg yolk is needed to impart both flavor and structure to your scones. Hang on to the egg white and use it in any of our egg white recipes like Meringue Cookies or a mini Texas Sheet Cake.
  • Raisins: Incorporate 1/4-cup of raisins for a burst of natural sweetness and texture. Use any extra raisins in a small batch of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

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How To Make Cream Scones

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch of cream scones. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together cream, egg yolk, and vanilla. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  3. Gently fold in the raisins.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead very lightly and form a 5″ x 5″ circle that is 1″ thick.
  5. Use either a biscuit cutter or the rim of a small drinking glass to cut out 3 to 4 circles from the dough.
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking liner.
six photos showing how to make cream scones.
  1. Bake and let cool slightly on a baking sheet.
three baked scones on a baking sheet.
  1. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
one cream scone with raisins on a clear plate.

Expert Tips

  • Before You Start Cooking, make sure to read the entire recipe, including the Ingredient Notes section, and examine the process photos. This detailed guide will help you understand how the recipe unfolds, ensuring your cream scones turn out perfect every time. All the information you need is found within the body of this recipe post, so don’t miss a thing!
  • Use Cold Ingredients: To achieve flaky scones, it’s essential to begin with cold ingredients. Ensure your egg and cream are fresh from the fridge. This is similar to the principle followed in pastry-making, where the fat should also be cold.
  • Minimize Dough Handling: After you introduce the liquid components like egg and cream, aim to stir the dough just enough to combine everything. Excessive handling or mixing will compromise the scone’s texture, making it more chewy than flaky.
  • Doubling the Recipe: If you’re looking to make a larger batch of these scrumptious cream scones, simply double the quantity of each ingredient. The baking time, however, will remain unchanged.

By following these expert tips, you’re setting yourself up for scone success, ensuring they come out light, flaky, and utterly delicious.

What To Serve With Cream Scones

Whether you’re enjoying these scones for a weekend brunch or a cozy afternoon tea, the right accompaniments can elevate your scone experience to new heights. Here are some delightful pairings to consider.

  • Classic Pairing: For a traditional touch, serve these scones with a dollop of clotted cream and strawberry jam. The creaminess of the clotted cream complements the flakiness of the scone, while the jam adds a burst of sweetness.
  • Fruit Extravaganza: Consider arranging a small fruit platter next to your scones. Fresh berries, slices of kiwi, or a handful of grapes can add color, texture, and natural sweetness to your table.
  • Cheese Delight: If you’re looking for a savory twist, pair your scones with soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert. The creamy, earthy flavors of the cheese contrast nicely with the scone’s subtle sweetness.
  • Tea Selection: Offer a variety of teas to complement the scones. Earl Grey, chamomile, or a spiced chai can offer a range of flavors that pair excellently with the richness of the scones.

Frequently Asked Questions

What sets American and British scones apart?

British scones are generally less sweet, more biscuit-like, and traditionally served with clotted cream and jam. American versions are sweeter, often come with a glaze, and may include fruit fillings. Additionally, British scones are usually round and taller, whereas American ones are commonly shaped as triangles.

What’s the best way to store cream scones?

These scones store well in the refrigerator but are at their best when consumed within a day or two after baking.

Can I freeze cream scones?

Absolutely! Simply shape the dough and freeze the unbaked scones on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a zip-top bag. You can keep them in the freezer for up to three weeks. When you’re ready to bake, there’s no need to thaw; just add a couple extra minutes to the baking time.

What is clotted cream?

Clotted cream is a decadent, thick cream often spread over scones. It’s created by heating high-fat cream and then cooling it, causing the fats to rise and form “clots.” After the cream has thickened, you’ll find a leftover liquid, similar to whey. This liquid can be used as an indulgent alternative to heavy cream in your scone recipe.
You might like to try our small batch clotted cream recipe!

one scone on a plate with a basket of scones in the background along with a bowl of clotted cream.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this tea scones recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Small Batch Cream Scones

5 from 20 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Total: 19 minutes
Servings: 4 scones
These delightfully tender and flaky cream scones are perfect for breakfast or brunch. Better than any bakery, they're made with few ingredients and bake in less than 15 minutes!

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raisins (sultanas)
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Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 425° F (220° C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone liner.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together cream, egg yolk, and vanilla. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • Gently fold in the raisins.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead very lightly and form a 5" x 5" circle that is 1" thick.
  • Use either a biscuit cutter or the rim of a small drinking glass to cut out 3 to 4 circles from the dough and place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with butter, jam, or clotted cream.

Notes

  • Before You Start Cooking, make sure to read the entire recipe, including the Ingredient Notes section, and examine the process photos. This detailed guide will help you understand how the recipe unfolds, ensuring your cream scones turn out perfect every time. All the information you need is found within the body of this recipe post, so don’t miss a thing!
  • Use Cold Ingredients: To achieve flaky scones, it’s essential to begin with cold ingredients. Ensure your egg and cream are fresh from the fridge. This is similar to the principle followed in pastry-making, where the fat should also be cold.
  • Minimize Dough Handling: After you introduce the liquid components like egg and cream, aim to stir the dough just enough to combine everything. Excessive handling or mixing will compromise the scone’s texture, making it more chewy than flaky.
  • Doubling the Recipe: If you’re looking to make a larger batch of these scrumptious cream scones, simply double the quantity of each ingredient. The baking time, however, will remain unchanged.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone, Calories: 280kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 162mg, Potassium: 135mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 499IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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38 Comments

  1. Cindy says:

    I’d like to make these using apricots and almonds. Is that possible and if so how much would I need of each if doubling the recipe? Thanks

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Absolutely, you can use apricots and almonds! I recommend keeping the total amount to around 1/4 cup. Enjoy!

  2. Jenna Jones says:

    These turned out great for me – super easy to make!! We don’t particularly like raisins so I didn’t add any. Do you know if you could use fresh or frozen blueberries/strawberries instead? I know some comments said it was wet so I was hesitant to add anything that wasn’t dry. Thanks for the quick, easy recipie!!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the scones! Yes, you can definitely add chopped strawberries or blueberries. I recommend using fresh berries, not frozen, and about 1/4 cup should be perfect.