Recipe | Easy cherry scones – perfect for afternoon tea

However you pronounce it, the scone is the perfect mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. And adding glacé cherries cheers them up with a touch of sweet bright red.

Freshly-baked cherry scones with hot butter and tea

I got this recipe from my Mum. The recipe was technically for raisin scones, but I substituted the raisins for chopped glacé cherries (which I believe are also called “candied” cherries). I also added baking powder and I’d glad I did!

Ingredients (makes 6-10 scones depending on how thinly you roll the dough and the size of your cutter. I got 7!)

  • 250 g / 8 oz self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25 g / 1 oz caster sugar
  • 50 g / 2 oz butter
  • 50 g / 2 oz chopped glacé cherries (you can use raisins/sultanas)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3-4 tablespoons of milk (I used full-fat), plus a little extra for brushing on top of the scones

Freshly-baked cherry scones with tea


Line a baking tray with greaseproof / baking paper. Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees C / Gas Mark 7 / 425 degrees F.

Put the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Add the butter and rub in using your fingers. When well rubbed in, the mixture should look slightly yellow with larger crumb forms, like this:

Cherry scone mix rubbing butter into dry ingredients

Add the fruit and stir in. Gradually add the beaten egg and the milk, stirring using a spatula. At this point I found it easiest to use my hands to encourage the dough to combine. It should be soft but not sticky, so go easy on the milk.

On a floured surface, roll or flatten out the dough to an inch depth (you can go thinner if you like). Use a round, straight sided cutter (I used a glass) to cut out the scones. Put them on the baking tray and brush the top of the scones with a little milk. Like this:

Cherry scones before going in oven

Bake the scones on a high oven shelf for ten to twelve minutes until golden.Like this:

Freshly-baked cherry scones

Leave them to cool on the tray and then serve with butter, jam or cream. Or, like me, scoff them while they’re still warm so the butter melts onto them. Mmmmm…

Freshly-baked cherry scones with hot butter

Perfect with a nice cup of tea!


If you’re looking for other recipes suitable for an afternoon tea party, you could try:

Viennese finger biscuits cookies


My Viennese finger biscuits – surprisingly easy to make and melt-in-the mouth delicious!





Simple Coconut and almond macaroons


My almond and coconut macaroons – possibly the easiest recipe I’ve come across.





Claire Huston / Art and Soul



25 thoughts on “Recipe | Easy cherry scones – perfect for afternoon tea

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    • Thank you!
      I haven’t tried baking with gluten-free flour yet. This recipe should work fine with gluten-free flour, but you will have to compensate by adding some gluten-free baking powder to make sure your scones rise. 1 level teaspoonful should do the trick. x


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