Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

Scones: Super Easy Low Cost Recipe


When you eat scones, do you put your cream first or your jam first?

One of my lovely work colleagues is going on maternity leave tomorrow, and historically we’ve ordered ordered afternoon through our hospitality department as a send off. This is insanely expensive for what you get, and like most firms mine is trying to save money where they can.

Myself and another colleague decided that we could organise the tea ourselves, and first thought about buying bits and pieces from M&S. Then I realised that between the two of us (both lovers of good food and keen cooks) we could probably spend just a quarter of what that would cost and bake some treats with our own fair hands.

I spent yesterday afternoon in my kitchen (with my little helper) knocking up my contribution – a massive tray of brownies and huge batch of mini scones. My 21mo loved playing with the dough and I let her roll out a few of her own creations with the offcuts.

Ingredients (for 40-50 small scones) – cost approx £2

560g strong bread flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
300ml milk (I used goats, but cows will do just fine)
120g butter (ditto above)


– preheat your oven to 200C

– sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl

– chop the butter into pieces, then add to the flour. Mix together with your hands until it resembles breadcrumbs (as pictured above)

– slowly pour in the milk, and continue mixing with your hands. Work the mix together to form a firm dough

– in batches, roll out the dough so it’s about an inch thick. Cut out little rounds with an espresso cup or small glass

– grease a large baking tray with butter or oil and place your little rounds onto the tray. Bake for 9 mins per batch.

– allow to cool, and serve traditionally with jam and cream

**tip: add a handful of chopped dates to the raw dough before cooking for a delicious alternative to fairy cakes for the kids**



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  1. […] since my thrifty afternoon tea success, I’ve been really into making scones. They’re so incredibly simple, and […]

  2. Wow you were prolific with all those scones-must make some here too, thanks for the inspiration and for linking up your wonderful post to #tastytuesdays

  3. Scones are one of my favourites, with cornish clotted cream and good strawberry jam of course! #TastyTuesday

  4. Haven’t made scones for so long, must make some! You don’t really get ‘proper’ scones here 🙂 #TastyTuesdays

  5. Thanks hon!

  6. They’re so cheap & cheerful, and the dates are a great addition for the little ones too 🙂

  7. They are soooo tasty xx

  8. adding dates sounds delicious! must try that one at home x

  9. Thanks for posting this- I can’t believe how many scones you made for so little- they look scrummy!

  10. ginacaro says:

    Thank you for joining in and linking up with #ThriftyThursday 🙂

  11. Thanks Denise, that’s really sweet. She deserves it – she’s a very special lady 🙂

  12. Thank you 🙂

  13. Lovely! I must do more cooking with the kids. 15 month old’s a bit of a liability right now though! Hope they taste as good as they look.

  14. Great idea – much thriftier and more fun in the making, too! Hope she enjoys her leave x

  15. Wow, that’s so neat. And lots more fun if there are two of you with the idea… and two of you cooking as well.

    She’ll have a great send off with all this – if it were me, I’d be so touched that someone went to all that trouble.

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