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The Royal Family's Scone Recipe

The Royal Family Just Shared the Summer Scone Recipe They Love For Garden Parties

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks at homemade scones as she visits the kitchen at Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth on October 27, 2011. The queen, who arrived in Perth on October 26, will officially open the 54-nation Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on October 28 where revamping succession to the British throne will be discussed, concluding a 10-day tour of her antipodean realm.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / SHARON SMITH (Photo credit should read SHARON SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)

Are you ready to eat like Queen Elizabeth II? The Royal Family recently shared their favorite garden party scone recipe on Instagram, and I'm counting down the minutes till tea time. Rumor has it, the Queen doesn't go a day without her afternoon tea and after seeing her scones, you'll understand why.

"Every year at Garden Parties across The Royal Residences, over 27,000 cups of ☕️, 20,000 🥪 and 20,000 slices of 🍰 are consumed!" The Royal Family's page reads. "The Royal Pastry Chefs are happy to share their recipe for fruit scones, which traditionally would be served at Buckingham Palace every summer."

The British baked good is about as classic as they come, and I imagine you'll feel a lot closer to the palace with a scone in hand. Try out the recipe below, and if you live across the pond, make sure to convert your measurements. Although these scones are usually reserved for parties or tea, I see no reason to exclude them from becoming a breakfast treat or an after-dinner snack. Anything goes, really, and we promise not to tell the Queen.

Fruit Scones

The Royal Family

The Royal Family's Scone Recipe


  1. 500 g plain flour
    28 g baking powder
    94 g butter
    86 g sugar
    2 whole eggs
    140 ml buttermilk
    100 g sultanas — a type of raisin (cover in hot water and leave to soak for 30 minutes)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, butter, and sugar together in a bowl until a crumb is formed.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together.
  4. Add the liquid to the crumb mixture.
  5. Continue to mix the dough until it is smooth. Optional: Add the sultanas, and mix until evenly distributed.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl, flatten the dough, and cover.
  7. Leave to rest for approximately 30 minutes.
  8. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 2.5 cm and cut to desired shape.
  9. Rest the scones for another 20 minutes.
  10. Gently egg wash the top of the scones.
  11. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Cool before serving with jam and clotted cream.
Image Source: Getty / Sharon Smith / AFP
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