Scones are the epitome of a classic British afternoon cream tea. A much loved British tea time treat, scones are supposed to be soft, fluffy and tall.
They are slightly sweet, and are typically served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Scones are sold across the UK, from luxury tea salons like Fortnum & Mason to rural cafes and supermarkets. However, scones usually contain egg, whether in the mixture itself, or as a glaze. I LOVE scones and so I wanted to create the perfect eggless scones for my family to enjoy. I think this recipe beats any scone I have ever bought, especially when eaten still warm out of the oven.
These eggless scones are:
- Soft, fluffy and moist
- Slightly sweet, ready to be topped with jam
- So simple to make with only 7 ingredients required
- Tastier and more satisfying than any scones you will buy.
Key ingredients for eggless scones:
- Self-raising flour – This flour helps to give the scones their classic tall appearance
- Baking powder – This helps to leaven the dough a little more for more rise
- Butter – Use room temperature butter that can be easily rubbed into the flour to produce breadcrumbs
- Caster sugar – With a finer texture than granulated sugar, caster sugar will dissolve well in the dough
- Whole milk – A higher fat content and more creamy flavour than other milk will help to create a more delicious bake. I do the same for these eggless fairy cakes
- Fresh lemon juice – The addition of lemon juice to the milk creates buttermilk, which breaks down gluten in the flour and produces a softer bake
- Vanilla extract – Use a high quality vanilla extract for a subtle vanilla flavour in your final bake.
Tools I recommend for this recipe
These are the products I use to make these eggless scones. These tools also work great when making cookies like the best eggless sugar cookies.
Tips for success
- Smooth cookie cutter – Use a smooth cookie cutter for a smoother cut and better rise on the scones
- Warm milk – Warm the milk until its warm but not hot. This will warm up the dough slightly to ensure a lovely soft dough for our scones
- Don’t work the dough too much – It’s important not to work the dough too much because we want to keep it soft, otherwise we could end up with flat scones
- Fruit scones – Try adding raisins or sultanas to the dough for eggless fruit scones. I would add the dried fruit to the milk whilst it is warm, before combining everything together
- Clotted cream and jam – Serve with good quality clotted cream and jam for the complete afternoon tea experience. In particular, a good quality jam will enhance the overall flavour of the scone. My favourite jam and the one I would always recommend is the Bonne Maman Strawberry Conserve.
Can you freeze these eggless scones?
You can freeze these eggless scones after they have been baked. Freeze on the day of baking. To serve, bring the scones back up to room temperature, and heat in the oven for 5 minutes on a low heat (around 140c), before serving.Print