Quintessential Scones

Frances Quinn has developed this recipe for light, fluffy and extra special scones. They not only have clotted cream served on them, but incorporated into them too - a new take on the quintessentially British cream tea. She says,

“Not only are scones quintessentially British but they also happen to be one of my favourite bakes to both create and eat. I am therefore delighted to be celebrating and bringing them together with Rodda’s and Tiptree for National Cream Tea Day. Whilst at the same time rolling out the ‘dough' for charity along the way!”

Ingredients: 300g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting and dipping
1 tsp baking powder
50g Rodda’s butter, cut into pieces
50g Rodda’s clotted cream - use the crust and top layer from a 227g pot
50g caster sugar
150ml whole milk

Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 10


Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.

Rub the butter into the flour in the big bowl with your fingertips to create a fine breadcrumb mixture. Remove the crust of the clotted cream and some of the firmer top layer beneath it to make up the 50g required and dollop it into the breadcrumb mixture in clumps. Rub this into the breadcrumb mixture in the same fashion as done with the butter.

Add in the sugar and toss through with your hands, spatula or spoon to combine everything together.

Make a well in the middle of the mixture in the bowl and add the milk, saving a little bit back to paint the top of the scones with. Fold through lightly put firmly with a spatula or spoon until the mixture comes together.

Sift some flour onto a work surface and your hands. Use your hand to lightly knead and bring the dough together and pick up any dry bits of flour from the base and sides of the bowl before tipping it out onto the floured surface.

Pat or roll out the dough with a rolling pin to approximately 2.5cm deep.

Leave to sit for a few minutes while you cut out some non-stick parchment paper and line a flat baking tray.

Take a 5cm plain circular cutter and dip in some flour sat in a bowl to help prevent the cutter sticking to the dough. Press firmly into the rested dough, try not to twist the cutter but pick up and gently press out the dough on to the prepared baking sheet.

Repeat until you have cut as many as you can and then gently knead together the remaining dough and re-pat or roll. You are ideally looking at cutting out 10 scones in total.

Brush the top of the scones with the remaining milk and bake near the top of the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes until risen and lightly golden brown.

Once baked and allowed to cool slightly slice into two and serve with a dollop of Tiptree jam and remaining Rodda’s clotted cream.



These mini bite sized scones are the prefect partner to Tiptree Little Scarlet strawberry jam and despite their size serve up a great teatime treat.

Following the recipe and method above use a 2.5cm round cutter in place of the 5cm one to cut out and create approximately 25-30 little scones. Bake for 5-10 minutes until risen and lightly golden brown.

Once baked and allowed to cool slightly slice into two and serve with a dollop of Tiptree Little Scarlet jam and remaining Rodda’s clotted cream.