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Mary Berry's fruit scones

Mary Berry / 03 August 2015 ( 29 April 2020 )

Mary Berry shares her easy recipe for fruit scones, plus read her tips for making the best scones.

Mary Berry's classic fruit scones
Mary Berry's classic fruit scones

Cooking time

10 minutes


10 scones


  • 75g (2 1⁄2 oz) butter, chilled and cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
  • 350g (12oz) self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  • 30g (1oz) caster sugar
  • 75g (2 1⁄2oz) sultanas
  • About 150ml (5fl oz) milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten


Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C/425°F/Gas 7). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

Put the flour and baking powder into a large chilled mixing bowl. Add the cubes of butter, keeping all the ingredients as cold as possible.

Rub in lightly and quickly with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and sultanas.

Pour 100ml (31⁄2fl oz) of the milk and all but 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg into the flour mixture.

Mix together with a round-bladed knife to a soft, but not too sticky dough, adding a bit more milk if needed to mop up any dry bits of mixture in the bottom of the bowl.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, lightly knead just a few times only until gathered together, then gently roll and pat out to form a rectangle about 2cm (3⁄4in) deep.

Cut out as many rounds as possible from the first rolling with a 6cm (21⁄2in) cutter (a plain cutter is easier to use than a fluted one) and lay them on the baking sheet, spaced slightly apart.

Gather the trimmings, then roll and cut out again. Repeat until you have 10 scones.

Brush the tops of the scones with the reserved egg. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until risen and golden.

Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Per serving

Calories: 238
Saturated fat: 5g
Unsaturated fat: 4g
Sodium: 275mg

This fantastic Strawberry Jam is simply perfect to go with a Mary Berry fruit scone

Mary Berry’s tips for great scones

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My favourite way to serve scones is split open, rather than sandwiched together. That way, you get lots of jam and cream. 

They’re best served warm, or make them ahead and reheat in a low oven.

For plain scones, simply omit the sultanas.

Scones need a light touch or they can become tough and heavy, so handle them as little as possible.

Roll them out quite thickly to start with; they never rise as much as you think they will.

As the dough is quite deep, dip the cutter in flour before cutting out each scone to prevent the dough from sticking to it.

For those with a sweet tooth, adding in chocolate can turn them into some delicious triple chocolate scones. Alternatively, adding fruit such as raspberries can turn them into some tasty fruity raspberry scones. Still need some baking inspiration? Why not try our range of easy cake recipes next?

Buy your copy of Mary Berry Cookery Course, published by DK, RRP £17.99 (Flexi-bound edition)


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.