classic scones with jam and cream

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ever had those moments when mates drop by unexpectedly, and you're left wondering what to serve? fear not – we've got your back with a cracker of a recipe for classic scones with jam and cream. with this recipe, you can have a batch of these treats on the table in no time.

they’re perfect for making tea-time more enjoyable for you and your guests. trust us, we've been there and are here to guide you in making and serving these scones with cream and jam just in time for tea. so, prepare to enhance your tea-time experience.

what are scones with jam and cream?

scones with jam and cream are a classic british delicacy that’s widely enjoyed during tea-time. these amazing baked goods are a type of quick bread that has a delicate and crumbly texture. they’re usually small, round, lightly sweetened and often enriched with butter. that’s what makes them go with numerous toppings – like jam, clotted cream or lemon curd.

if you’re curious, this is how they’re traditionally served – by splitting the scone into half and spreading generous dollops of clotted cream and jam, creating a delicious tea-time treat.

the interplay of freshly baked scones with jam and cream creates an irresistible blend of flavours and textures. a must-try, if you haven’t done so yet, nevertheless, these delightful treats are worth revisiting even if you have.

that's precisely where our recipe for scones with cream and jam comes into play, inviting you to recreate these classic treats in your own kitchen.

how to make classic scones with cream and jam?

get ready to bake some warm and flaky jam and cream scones – a timeless favourite that never fails to make tea-time more enjoyable. let's dive into the joy of baking them.


Total Servings:-



Preparation Time:-

5 Minutes


Cooking Times:-

12 minutes


Nutritional Value:-

221 calories, 9g fat, 31g carbs, 4g protein


Recipe Category:-






  • mixing bowls
  • baking tray
  • sheet
  • scale
  • spoons


  • 225 grams self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 55 grams butter
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 125 ml milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 lemon juice
  • jam (strawberry or preferred one)
  • clotted cream


preheat the oven: you can start the process of making scones by gathering all your ingredients for a pleasant baking experience. now, set the temperature of your oven to 220°c to get it preheated. secondly, a hot baking tray reduces the baking time, so place one (lined with a baking sheet) in the oven. 

mix dry ingredients: use a decently sized bowl to combine the self-raising flour with salt, sugar and baking powder. stir these ingredients together, ensuring an even distribution.

incorporate butter and sugar: now, incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients and, using either a fork or your fingertips, rub it in until the texture resembles fine crumbs and make a well in this mixture.

prepare the liquid mixture: moving on, warm the milk in a microwave or on a stove, ensuring it's warm but not hot. introduce a beaten egg into the warmed milk and whisk the two ingredients together. set aside a bit for brushing the scones later and add lemon juice to the rest of it.

create a dough well: pour the liquid into the dry mixture’s well. combine the two quickly, using a cutlery knife or fork. be careful not to over blend; so that the dough is cohesive but not overly worked. the key to enjoying light and fluffy scones with jam and cream is minimal processing of the dough.

form and cut the dough: scatter some flour on your kneading board/area and get the dough onto it. sprinkle some more flour on the dough and your hands. fold the dough 2-3 times until it becomes smoother, then pat it into a round shape, approximately 4cm deep. use a cutter (5cm) dipped in flour to cut out scones. take some egg wash and brush the tops of the scones with it.

bake to perfection: carefully pull out the hot tray from the oven and place the scones on it, ensuring they have enough space between them. place the tray back in the oven and bake until the scones rise beautifully (takes approximately 10-12 minutes). keep an eye on them to prevent overbaking. the aroma filling your kitchen will be irresistible!

serve and enjoy: once baked, enjoy the scones warm or let them cool on the day of baking. when it’s time to enjoy – top the scones with jam and cream.

freeze for later: if you plan to freeze some for later, ensure they’ve cooled down before doing so. when you’re ready to enjoy, defrost and heat them for some time in an oven, to refresh.

serving suggestions and presentation

you can enhance the pleasure of savouring scones through thoughtful presentation. it can be as elaborate as an afternoon tea experience at the likes of windsor or westin, where scones are served in a three-tier stand with sandwiches and sweets – accompanied by pots of earl grey tea.

however, that may seem too formal and elaborate for a cosy home setting. no worries! you can consider a classic cake plate instead; 6-inch plates in basic white or featuring creative designs add a nice touch. complement your warm scones with jam and cream presented in elegant serving bowls or ramekins. remember to include a butter knife, a napkin and a pot of steaming earl grey for a complete experience.

scones jam and cream: a perfect pairing

most of us would agree that the best way to enjoy scones is with jam and clotted cream. these three go perfectly together, creating flavours and textures that are amazing.

however, the three come with their share of debate when it comes to putting them together. the debate is about the layering sequence of scones with jam and cream. one consensus leans towards layering the scones with jam first and then with cream. however, the other insists on layering with clotted cream first and then with jam.

whichever method you like, the first step is to get the scone in half using your fingertips, and then, generously spread jam (or clotted cream) and a dollop of cream (or jam). and don’t forget to get a pot of earl grey tea – a must to complete the experience.

adding the sweetness: jam selection

while scones are versatile and pair well with various jams, some flavours have become classics due to their widespread popularity. one of them is strawberry jam – undoubtedly a favourite. it’s known for its sweet and slightly tart profile that complements the clotted cream and scone.

however, this combination is not set in stone, and you can always select a different variety. here are some tips to help you make the best selection for your scones with jam and cream:

seasonal varieties: you can always explore seasonal jam options to add a fresh touch to the jam and cream scones. that’s something many of us are fond of, as these jams make the experience more interesting. you can consider some, like apricot jam, exotic passionfruit jam, mango jam and peach jam.

sweetness level: evaluate the sweetness level of the jam, especially when you’ll be serving to those with diabetes. you may look for lesser sugar content – something that you may prefer while enjoying the scones with jam and cream.

homemade or local options: if possible, homemade jams or those from local producers are some of the best options. they often have authentic flavours and high-quality ingredients, especially homemade ones.


in conclusion, classic scones with jam and cream make a cherished treat during tea-time. simply split them, generously layer them with fruity jam and clotted cream, and enjoy the blissful bites of these delicate and crumbly treats. don’t forget to sip on the steaming cuppa to enhance the enjoyment, although, discreetly licking your fingers remains entirely optional.

they’re a must-try and fear not, our super easy recipe will help you make them effortlessly in your kitchen. it’ll let you bake a batch whenever you fancy, and our serving guide and jam selection tips will make the experience even better. so, why wait? start baking and relish the comforting warmth of a homemade teatime favourite.

faqs on scones with jam and cream

q. how long do the scones stay fresh?

a. scones, especially homemade ones, can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature to keep them fresh for around 2 days. you can even refrigerate them for around a week. for the best flavours, have these treats without delay or within the suggested timeframe to prevent any loss of flavour.

q. can i use different flavours of jam?

a. you can have a variety in your scones with jam and cream by choosing any flavour of jam – homemade or store-bought. you can consider the classic strawberry jam, jams of in-season fruits, a low-sugar alternative or any of the endless possibilities. you can easily customise your jam and cream scones with diverse flavours.

q. what is the best way to serve scones with jam and cream?

a. you can serve scones on a classic cake plate or a three-tiered stand. always ensure that the scones are warm and accompanied by clotted cream and jam in serving bowls alongside a pot of earl grey tea. the presentation always enhances the experience of breaking them in half and layering them with jam and clotted cream.

q. can i make the scones gluten-free?

a. you can make gluten-free scones by using gluten-free ingredients like flour and baking powder. also ensure that none of the ingredients carry a warning for a possible barley, wheat or rye content. that’s the best way to enjoy gluten-free scones with jam and cream.


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