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Not to be confused with Biscuits, this recipe is for those delicious English tea-time favorites: The delectable Fluffy Scones! Crumbly, luscious, delicious parcels of butter Scones are the perfect morning-tea dish to enjoy with a generous helping of good quality Jam, a cup of tea or coffee, and good friends to catch up with!

Are Scones and Biscuits the same thing?

You may be confused in the USA between Scones and Biscuits. Are they the same thing? The answer is a definitive ‘Kinda’. Scones and Biscuits are very similar, however there are slight differences between the two

Scones have a higher ratio of liquid to flour, which does change the texture slightly. You will have a more Fluffy Scones than Biscuits, which are a little bit more solid in consistency. The texture does make a difference, with the solid Biscuits eaten as a more universal food in the USA for many meals, compared to the British Scones which are primarily consumed for morning tea or breakfast

Fluffy Scones wide shot
Scones and Biscuits aren’t the same thing. They are however, very similar!

Finally, Biscuits have a higher concentration of Butter in them than Scones. The higher Butter content in biscuits is what results in more layers forming during the cooking process. Almost like Puff Pastry with its lamination effect

Scones are lighter in Butter, which gives then almost more of a cake-like consistency to them

When is the best time to eat these delicious, Fluffy Scones?

We here at Dinnertime Somewhere would never dictate when and when you can eat food. Hey, if you want to eat Chocolate Mousse with your morning coffee then go right ahead! Good food is good food, no matter what time of the day it is!

That being said, the traditional time to eat Scones is for morning tea. The classic English ‘high tea’ is an age-old tradition of eating delicate baked goods, sipping tea, and of course, the most important part, gossiping with your friends about anything and everything!

Scones are great for morning tea. Tear these beautiful Fluffy Scones apart and fill them with your favorite Jams and devour them in their masses until you can’t eat anymore! They’re a great bread dish to pair with Tea or Coffee given their light, delicate consistency. They are a fulfilling dish, however as they are quite light, they won’t leave you feeling bloated or full afterwards. The perfect snack for the morning!

Tray of Scones
You can eat these delicious, Fluffy Scones whenever you like. Traditionally they are eaten for morning tea

It’s Important for the Butter to be chilled and not at room temperature when preparing these Fluffy Scones

The most critical step when making Scones is to ensure your Butter is chilled before mixing. What happens is when the cold Butter it is mixed into the flour, it will form a sand-like texture. This texture is exactly what you want for beautiful, Fluffy Scones

If the butter is at room temperature, it will be too melty when combined with the Flour. You will not achieve that sand-like texture and as a result, the Scones will end up being dense and heavy

While you do not need as much butter in Scones as you do Biscuits, it is still a critical component of this recipe to get right when cooking. So, chilled butter all the way!

Best toppings and fillings to pair with your Homemade Fluffy Scones

There is nothing like tradition when it comes to classic English food, and we stand by that 100% when it comes to eating Scones. The absolute best way to eat Scones is to pair them with good quality Strawberry Jam (Jelly). The sugary sweetness of the Jam is such a magical pairing with Scones, there simply is nothing better. Especially if the Scones are freshly baked and still warm!

If you want to go all-in on the traditional Scones morning tea, then add a generous dollop of whipped heavy cream on top of the Jam. Again, this is a very traditional pairing and extremely decadent! Jam and Cream with Scones is one for a weekend high-tea, as it’s very decadent! You’ll definitely be feeling a lot heavier after devouring a few scones with Cream and Jam but trust us, it’s well worth it!

Fluffy Scones with Strawberry Jam
Anything sweet is a great topping for Scones. The all-time classic is some good quality Strawberry Jam / Jelly

There is nothing to say you can’t enjoy more traditional southern US pairings with Scones too. Given both Scones and Biscuits are very similar, Southern classic pairings work very well too. Hot Honey is a classic of course. Similar to Jam, the sweetness of the Honey pairs brilliantly with your Scones. The consistency of Honey also helps with any potential crumbliness or even dryness with the Scones

Savory pairings can also work very well with Scones. Why not try some Salmon and Cream Cheese as a filling. Perhaps sprinkle a few Capers on top as well. Delicious! If you want to go all out, another option is Fried Chicken and Honey. It’s a classic southern combination and works amazingly with Scones. Clear your afternoon though, as it’ll be nap time!

Always pull apart your Scones with your hand, not with a knife!

This is more of a tradition than anything else. The traditional way to open your Scones is with your hands, not with a knife! Breaking apart the Scones with your hands will maintain its beautiful crumbly texture without it potentially breaking apart. Remember, these are quite Fluffy Scones, so they can break apart if messed with too much, which a knife ‘can’ do. So, use your hands all the time when eating Scones, even the English allow it!

Scones on plate
Remember, always break apart your Scones by hand, never with a knife!

Recipe Details

Servings

4 – 8 people

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Total time

20 minutes

Easy Fluffy Scones Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 5 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 75g Chilled Unsalted Butter
  • 1 – 1 ½ cups of Milk (need to judge for yourself as it comes together)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F. Combine Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt in a bowl and mix well
  2. Cut the chilled Butter into small cubes and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips until a sand-like texture forms
  3. Add 1 cup of Milk and mix together with a spatula or butter knife. Doing this avoids over mixing the ingredients
  4. The mixture should be soft and sticky, so add additional Milk if needed to achieve this texture
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface (such as a large cutting board) and pat the dough out into a ¾ inch thick rectangle
  6. Cut into 12 even pieces then place on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool once cooked

That is our recipe for Easy Fluffy Scones that you can make yourself right now. The recipe produces about 16 or so Scones, so you’ll have plenty to go around. They will keep for 48 hours before starting to go dry. The best way to store them is place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and keep them at room temperature

We have plenty more delicious Appetizers that are great for morning teas. Here are a few of our favorites that you should check out:

Happy Cooking!

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