Paul Hollywood's scones

(244 ratings)
Scone recipe
Scone recipe
  • Serves: 8

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    (may need an extra 5 mins)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Great British Bake Off judge, Paul Hollywood's simple scone recipe will give you soft and fluffy scones. Serve with fresh cream and jam. This recipe makes 8 regular sized scones and will take only 40 mins to prepare and bake. This scone recipe is a classic British recipe that is ideal for beginners or those who have never made scones before as the recipe is so simple. Serve these soft buns with heaps of jam and cream and watch them disappear in minutes. Scone recipes are usually made with milk, but did you know you can use milk that's gone a little past its best? A slightly sour taste won't come through in your finished bake and we think it's a great way to reduce waste. Plus, then you get an afternoon treat for your troubles too! Once you've made these scones once we're afraid you might be whipping them up pretty regularly.


For the scones:
  • 500g strong bread flour, plus a little extra for rolling out
  • 80g softened butter, plus a little extra to grease the baking tray
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 25g baking powder
  • 250ml oz milk
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten with a little salt (for glazing)
For the scones filling:
  • Butter
  • Good-quality strawberry or raspberry jam
  • Clotted cream
You'll also need:
  • Round pastry cutter (about 7.5cm/3in wide)

Dip the edge of the pastry cutter in flour to make it easier to cut out the scones without them sticking. Dont twist the cutter as this makes the scones rise unevenly. Just press firmly, then lift up and push the dough out.


  1. Weigh out the ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220C (200C fan assisted)/425F/gas mark 7.
  3. Lightly butter and line a flat baking tray with baking parchment or silicone paper (not greaseproof).
  4. Put 450g/15 1/2oz of the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Rub the flour and butter together with your fingers to create a crumble/breadcrumb-like mixture.
  5. Add the sugar, eggs and baking powder and use a wooden spoon to turn the mixture gently. Make sure you mix all the way down to the bottom and incorporate all of the ingredients.
  6. Now add half of the milk and keep turning the mixture gently with the spoon to combine. Then add the remaining milk a little at a time and bring everything together into a very soft, wet dough. You may not need to add all of the milk.
  7. Put most of the remaining flour onto a clean work surface. Tip the soft dough onto the flour and sprinkle the rest of the flour on top. The mixture will be wet and sticky.
  8. Lightly chaff the mixture - use your hands to fold the dough in half, and then turn the dough a quarter turn and repeat. By folding and turning the mixture in this way, you incorporate the last of the flour and add air. Do this a few times until youve formed a smooth dough. If the mixture is too sticky use some extra flour to coat your hands or the mixture to make it more manageable. Be careful not to overwork your dough.
  9. Next roll the dough out: sprinkle flour onto the work surface and the top of the dough. Use the rolling pin to roll up from the middle and then down from the middle. Turn the dough a quarter turn and repeat until it's about 2.5cm/1in thick. Relax the dough slightly by lifting the edges and allowing the dough to spring back.
  10. Using a pastry cutter, stamp out rounds and place them onto the baking tray. Once youve cut 4 or 5 rounds you can re-work and re-roll the dough to make it easier to cut out the remaining rounds. Any left-over dough can be worked and rolled again using a rolling pin, but the resulting scones wont be as fluffy.
  11. Place the scones on the baking tray and leave them to rest for a few mins to let the baking powder work. Then use a pastry brush (or your finger if you dont have a brush) to glaze them with the beaten egg and salt mixture. Be careful to keep the glaze on the top of the scones. If it runs down the sides it will stop them rising evenly.
  12. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 mins, or until the scones are risen and golden.
  13. Leave the scones to cool, then split in half and add butter, jam and clotted cream to serve.

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Caroline Strob

This is a terrible recipe. There is far too much baking powder and that all you can test. I would not use this recipe again.


Best ever scones, thanks Paul, light and fluffy every time, just follow the recipe and you can't fail !


made the scones using this recipe. I guess the baking powder is needed to balance the strong flour. Anyway perfect result very happy


Amazing scones, never made scones before and these came up trumps!


Loved my scones!! I halved the ingredients and was still able to manage 9 decent sized scones! I also added sultanas as personal preference yummy! Thanks Paul!!!


Loved my scones!! I halved the ingredients and was still able to manage 9 decent sized scones! I also added saltanas as personal preference yummy! Thanks Paul!!!

Maureen Axon

best scones I've ever made, they are so light and delicious, especially when I added a few sultana's

Emma Wilson

Mmmm, tried it but got confused as to how much milk I needed. I need simple easy to follow recipes. Not something that is going to confuse me. Having said that I am probably to blame as I am not the best cook in the world!

Erna Smethurst

Great recipe and great results, light and fluffy everyone loves them.

Laraine Anne Barker

Strictly speaking, scones are not supposed to contain egg. It's a "cheat" thing that makes them lighter. The proper ratio of baking powder is 1-1/2 teaspoons to each cup of flour so Paul definitely does use too much--probably to make them lighter. The recipe sounds far too "cakey" to me. Adding more butter than scones traditionally have (as Paul does) as well as egg tends to make them more like rock cakes than scones.


Not the best recipe for scones in the world. Far to much baking powder and i did find that they were a little bit bland as there is not much butter used and needs to be a bit sweeter for my liking, but they work and could be much better with a bit of tweeking of this recipe.


Scones looked wonderful,fizzed on the tongue with too much baking powder. Will try again with much less baking powder, perhaps 2 teaspoonsfull.


Been making scones from my Grandma's recipe for over 40 years and everyone liked them. Tried this recipe last week for the first time for a charity bake for the office and everyone LOVED them. Great recipe and great result.

paul cartledge

Absolutley great, i've never baked scones before..... or anything else for that matter. The recipie worked precisely, didn't have a cutter for them so just used a glass tumbler. lovin it me!!! haha

Dawn Wood

I'm impressed! My scones in the past have never seemed to rise enough,and I'd resorted to making them as high as I wanted them to turn out before putting into the oven. I wasn't too hopeful I'll admit, as they were very sticky and difficult to cut out, but this was down to me not using quite enough flour at the end (for fear of using too much and them ending up like rubber). I'll know for next time. They've risen perfectly, and have inspired me to purchase a cutter rather than using my daughter's cup! Only criticism is that it would have been useful to have the ingrediants and quantities listed with the demo.

shelagh thompson

for a busy mum who bakes every day, this recipe was a nightmare. Tried twice, and watched demo. Frankly if I came unstuck, the recipe is not worth trying again. I'm going back to my nan's recipe which is close to Rachel Allen's. They always turn out without too much faff. This recipe is too much faff to be bothered!

star meakins

adore them this is one of my favourites at lunch going to cook them for the first time ever please wish me luck.


Looking forward to trying the recipe after watching the programme. But what about that photo of it. We call that a "McRodda" here in Cornwall.


Fabulous light, fluffy scones - just as promised. At last, a recipe that works for me and being able to watch the video helped, I'm sure. I used buttermilk instead of ordinary milk, just to use some up. Thanks, Paul!


Yes agree Kevin.....most successful batch of scones I have made to date. I've always wondered what I've been doing wrong but this proves to me that I can make scones!


Just seems a lot of baking powder for the scones.

Frances Judd

Tried this recipe and my scones turned out great. Good idea to be able to see the demo but why were ingredients not given at this time? Also this site does not give a print version.

Kevin Boyle

100 % Spot On.Just to say Scones need to be eaten on the Day of Baking,this Guy is a Star!!

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