World's Best Scones! From Scotland to the Savoy to the U.S.


In search of the best scone recipe, I have adapted my Scottish grandmother's recipe with my own touches and with the famous scone recipe from the world-renowned Savoy hotel in London. I now believe I have created the best scone recipe in the world! Serve with butter or clotted cream and a selection of jams.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 scones



  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ cup dried currants

  • ½ cup milk

  • ¼ cup sour cream

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  2. Make the scones: Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or by rubbing between fingers until lumps are the size of peas. Stir in currants.

  3. Whisk milk and sour cream together in a measuring cup; gently stir into flour mixture until dough is moistened, being careful not to overwork the dough.

  4. With floured hands, pat dough into 2- to 3-inch diameter balls. Place onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten lightly. Scones should slightly touch each other.

  5. Make the egg wash: Whisk egg and milk together. Brush the tops of scones with egg wash and let them rest for about 10 minutes.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.


Raisins can be substituted for currants.

Scones can be reheated by splitting in half and toasting or by wrapping in aluminum foil and heating in the oven until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
10g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 157mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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