Cream Scones

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Searching for a delightful update to traditional scones? Try this Cream Scones Recipe! Infused with rich cream for extra moisture and a tender crumb, these scones offer a luxurious twist that’s ideal for a sophisticated breakfast or an elegant afternoon tea!

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Cream scones with jam and whipped cream.
Cream scones with jam.

Cream Scones

Samantha Pickthall
Perfect with whipped cream and jam, these Cream Scones make an elegant addition to any tea or brunch table!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, English
Servings 8 scone wedges
Calories 314 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 1/2 cups (375g / 13.2 oz.) all-purpose flour, scoop & leveled
  • 3 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream / thickened cream, cold from the fridge, 1-2 tbsp extra if needed
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream / thickened cream, for glazing
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

To Serve

  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberry or Raspberry Jam

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • Add Cream & Form Dough: Make a well in the center and pour in the cold cream and the vanilla and mix with a wooden spoon until a dough starts to form.
  • Shape: Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead lightly to bring it together. Shape into a thick disc, about 1-inch in height (2cm – 3cm) and 6.5 inches across.
  • Cut & Brush: Cut into 8 wedges using a pastry bench scraper/cutter or a sharp knife. Transfer the wedges onto the lined tray, touching each other.
  • Brush With Cream & Chill: Brush each scones with the extra 1 tablespoon of cream. Place the tray into the refrigerator and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Bake: Bake for 28-33 minutes until puffed and lightly golden and the insides are set without any wet batter visible on the sides.
  • Cool: Cover with a tea towel for 5 minutes post-baking, then cool on a wire rack or serve warm with whipped cream and jam, enjoy!

Notes

  • Store: Keep the scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
 
  • Freeze: To freeze, wrap each scone individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature when ready to eat, or reheat in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 10 minutes to restore their warmth and texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 684IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 2mg
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Cream Scones Recipe

Indulge in the luxurious simplicity of these cream scones! Perfect for any occasion, from a lavish brunch to a cozy afternoon tea, these scones offer a tender and fluffy crumb that only cream can provide.

Made with just a handful of pantry staples, including a touch of vanilla, these scones with cream are not only delicious but also strikingly simple to prepare!

Best Scone Recipes

  • White Chocolate Chip Scones are easy to bake and irresistibly delicious! Loaded with sweet white chocolate blended into a soft, golden dough!
  • Jam and Cream Scones are classic scones made irresistible with the addition of rich cream and your favorite jam!
Cream scones displayed on plate with fresh strawberries and cream.

Is milk or cream better for scones?

Cream is generally preferred over milk for making scones due to its higher fat content, which enhances moisture, richness, and flavor, resulting in tender, flaky scones.

While milk can also be used to produce satisfactory results, it offers less richness and may result in slightly drier scones.

Ultimately, the choice between cream and milk depends on your preference for texture and flavor richness in scones. I use milk in my other scone recipes and have zero issues with using it!

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Cream scones preparation.

Can I use light cream instead of heavy cream?

Heavy cream (also known as thickened cream) is recommended for its higher fat content which contributes to the rich texture of the scones. Using light cream or milk will make the scones less tender and rich.

Expert Tips

  • Cold Ingredients: Ensure your heavy cream is very cold before using; this helps in creating a flakier texture as the cold fat creates steam pockets during baking.
  • Dough Consistency: If the dough seems too dry after mixing, add a tablespoon of cream at a time until it reaches the right consistency. The dough should be slightly tacky but not overly sticky.
  • Chilling the Dough: Don’t skip chilling the shaped scones before baking. This step helps the fat in the dough stay cold, leading to a better rise and flakier texture.
  • Cover Baked Scones: Cover the scones with a tea towel immediately after baking for 5 minutes. This method traps steam, softening the exterior while maintaining the scones’ flaky layers inside, perfect for those who enjoy a softer crust.
Cream scones assembly.

What can I serve cream scones with?

Cream scones pair wonderfully with clotted or whipped cream and jam, particularly strawberry or raspberry jam. They also go well with butter, honey, lemon curd, or fresh fruit!

Scones with cream baked.

How to store scones

Store: Keep the scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Freeze: To freeze, wrap each scone individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature when ready to eat, or reheat in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 10 minutes to restore their warmth and texture.

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