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Nan's Fool Proof Fruit Scones

This was a recipe for fruit scones made by my Nan. She is 96 now and says I even cook these better than her!. She is one of thirteen siblings and her father was a baker. They always said he had a baker's dozen. So this recipe will make a baker's dozen of good size fruit scones!


  • 3 cups of self raising flour

  • 1.5 cups of milk (i use skim milk but any is fine, they are a little lighter with skim milk).

  • 3 tablespoons of margarine or butter

  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder

  • 3/4 cup of sultanas (the amount of sultanas is personal taste)


  • 1.

    Preheat a fan forced oven to 210C.

  • 2.

    Sift the self raising flour into a large bowl.

  • 3.

    Add the baking powder to the top of the flour pile. It should be sifted if it has any lumps as well.

  • 4.

    Add all of the sultanas.

  • 5.

    Rub through the butter evenly into the mix. You can melt it slightly if desired.

  • 6.

    Make a well in the middle of the mix and add all of the milk. Mix in with a fork, combining to form a uniform sticky dough.

  • 7.

    Sprinkle flour on a bench top and pour the mixture onto the bench. Fold the mixture into itself a few times but keep kneading to a minimum.

  • 8.

    Use a floured knife or glass to cut about 13 even pieces. With floured handed gently spin each piece in the palm of the hand until it is round and tall. Place evenly on a tray that has been greased and floured or sprayed with a non-stick spray.

  • 9.

    Pat the top of each scone with two wet fingers (water of milk), ensuring the top of each is well moistened.

  • 10.

    Cook in 210C oven for 15-20mins until golden brown.

  • 11.

    Allow to cool on a cake rack individually.


The scones should sound a little hollow when tapped with a knife.
The scones will freeze and can be defrosted in the microwave at a later time.

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Posted by Charmaine666Report
I just baked these, but used currants instead. They are great! I shall make these again. Thanks
Posted by Anne306Report
Best scones ever.
Posted by Anne306Report
Tried this recipe for the first time today. Best scones I have ever baked.
Posted by Joan136Report
I have baked these yummy scones but they haven't risen where am i going wrong can someone please advise me, thanks.
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Did you put in the correct amount of self raising flour
Posted by Joan136Report
I have just baked these yummy scones, but they didn't rise where am i going wrong?
Posted by Joan136Report
I have just baked these scones but they don't seem too have risen i'm not sure where i have gone wrong! Can anyone give me advise on how too get my scones too rise. Thanks.
Posted by William134Report
just baked this rcipe and found very easy and I'm 74 years of age i halfed the ingredents and made 6,to try first will be making more in future.thank you.