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a tea scone topped with jam, served on china with a cup in the background

The Ritz of London’s Afternoon Tea Scones

This is a classic British scone recipe from the Ritz of London. It's perfect with clotted cream and jam, and of course a cup of your favorite tea!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine British
Servings 12 scones
Calories 101 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups (225 g) all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or slightly less
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces, plus more for greasing pan
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) whole milk or buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 C).
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Work in the butter with the fingertips until the mixture has the consistency of large, flaky crumbs. Make a well in the center, and add milk. Stir using a spatula until the dough is soft.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/2-inch (1.25 cm) thickness. Use a pastry cutter 2 to 2 1/2 inches (5 to 6.5 cm) in diameter or a water glass, press out rounds. (Do not twist when pressing out, or the scones are likely to bake unevenly).
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter or line with parchment paper. Arrange the rounds on the sheet. Lightly dust their faces with flour.
  • Bake until they have risen and turned golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Serve warm.

Notes & Nutrition

  • These scones are best the day they are made. Leftovers can be warmed up in the oven or toaster oven at 350 F for about 4 to 5 minutes to refresh them. If you don't refresh them, they won't break apart with your fingers. Instead, you'll need a knife to cut them open which is a breach of afternoon tea etiquette. 
Adapted from Darjeeling
Servings 12.0 * calories 101 * Total Fat 3 g * Saturated Fat 2 g * Monounsaturated Fat 1 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 8 mg * Sodium 125 mg * Potassium 42 mg * Total Carbohydrate 15 g * Dietary Fiber 0 g * Sugars 1 g * Protein 2 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*