Think of this scone recipe as a beginner scone, a lazy scone, or think of it as The Most Basic Scone Recipe. And definitely think of it as the easiest scone recipe you will ever make. I took my cream scone recipe and simplified it down to 3 main ingredients with an endless list of add-in's and customizations.
I'm not sure how it happened, but I've kind of become known for scones. And muffins. But scones especially. Scones are one of those baked goods that many of you have said you've had bad luck making in the past and I guess I've sort of taken it upon myself to change that. If you want to add in flavorings those will obviously up the ingredient count, but this basic three ingredient scone will give you a soft, slightly sweet blank canvas perfect for butter, clotted cream, lemon curd, Crème Fraîche, jams and jellies.
A Basic Scone Recipe for everyone
I have a handful of scone recipes on my blog; my Vanilla Bean Scones have been a hit for many years, and recently my Triple Berry Crème Fraîche Scones have seen a surge in popularity. Everyone is making them and having such great results which just makes me so darn happy! I think the reason is that I give super-detailed instructions. And my scones aren't great big, dried out hockey pucks like you find in so many bakeries. My plan is to go back and add some process shots to the posts to make them even more easy to follow but so far you all are loving the recipes and I thank you so much for your feedback, as always. I'll link to my other scone recipes below, but for now let's focus on these simple, easy, three ingredient Scones - the most Basic Scone Recipe you will ever make.
What you'll need for this basic scone recipe
- Self-Rising Flour
- Heavy Cream
The sky is the limit here - these are just a few of my favorite add-ins:
- Vanilla or Almond Extract
- Chocolate Chips or Chunks
- Dried Fruits
- Citrus Zest
- poppy seeds
Before baking, you could sprinkle your scones with coarse sugar after you brush them with cream.
After baking and cooling slightly they can be glazed, drizzled with caramel or dulce de leche, melted white or dark chocolate, melted peanut butter, sprinkles... really - let your imagination run wild. Make this YOUR easiest scone recipe.
How to make this Basic Scone Recipe
Step 6 is where you would stop if you were keeping these basic. I added blueberries to show you the whole process, but these are so good plain if you are serving them with butter, clotted cream, crème fraîche, jam, berries, lemon curd, or even with a more savory breakfast/brunch spread. Hint, hint: Mother's Day is coming soon.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden on bottoms and just starting to get golden-brown on some of the little craggy edges. I like to cover mine with foil after the first 20 minutes to prevent too much browning on top - but this is up to you and your oven. Don't be afraid to check one by breaking it in half. You want it to be moist still, but not very wet and doughy. Much like a biscuit. Allow to cool, and if adding the optional glaze now is a good time to whip it up.
The simplest glaze for this basic scone recipe (and variations)
This is the formula for the most basic scone glaze: Place 2 cups powdered sugar in a spouted measuring cup, add extract or flavoring of your choice and enough milk, cream, or juice to thin to a pourable consistency. Start with 2 tablespoons and work up very slowly if you need it thinner. If you make it too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
If you want some glaze variations, check out these posts:
See how easy? Because my basic scone recipe requires just three ingredients and no chilling time, you can whip these up on a whim and totally at the last minute. My kind of recipe! I will always love my other scone recipes and will continue to create new flavors (can't stop, won't stop!) and share them here, but isn't it nice to have a quick, shortcut recipe up your sleeve when you're craving some scones on a lazy Sunday morning? Or when you want to make something special for your momma on Mother's Day? I think the answer is, "yes."
Happy baking, my friends! I hope you love this basic scone recipe. Let me know if you have any questions. If you do make this, it would mean the world if you'd leave a rating and a comment. Thanks so much for hanging out with me! xo - AnitaPrint