Royal pastry chefs reveal how to make Queen’s famous fruit scones

May 20, 2020
The royal family has released the Queen's famous scone recipe. Source: Getty

The royal family has revealed the perfect self-isolation treat to whip up in the kitchen, by releasing the recipe for Her Majesty the Queen’s famous fruit scones.

The delicious treats are usually served each year at the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace, along with thousands of cups of tea and slices of cake. But this year, with the high profile events called off due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Her Majesty’s pastry chefs have taken to social media to share the recipe, allowing people to bake the scones themselves at home.

And you’ll be pleased to hear that they’re fairly simple to make, with even the most amateur of bakers able to create the tasty treats for their family and friends. The recipe has just seven ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen pantry. These include plain flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, eggs, buttermilk and sultanas.

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Every year at Garden Parties across The Royal Residences, over 27,000 cups of ☕️, 20,000 🥪 and 20,000 slices of 🍰 are consumed! The Royal Pastry Chefs are happy to share their recipe for fruit scones, which traditionally would be served at Buckingham Palace every summer. Remember to tag us in your #royalbakes creations! 𝗜𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀: -500g Plain Flour -28g Baking Powder -94g Butter -86g Sugar -2 Whole Eggs -140ml Butter Milk -100g Sultanas – a type of raisin (Cover in hot water and leave to soak for 30 minutes) 𝗠𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗱: -Preheat oven to 180 C -Mix the flour, baking powder, butter and sugar together in a bowl, until a crumb is formed -In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together -Add the liquid to the crumb mixture -Continue to mix the dough, until it is smooth -(Optional) Add the sultanas, and mix until evenly distributed 1Remove the dough from the bowl, flatten the dough and cover -Leave to rest for approximately 30 minutes -Roll out the dough to a thickness of 2.5 cm and cut to desired shape -Rest the scones for another 20 minutes -Gently egg was the top of the scones -Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown -Cool before serving with jam and clotted cream Enjoy!

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The first step is to mix the flour, baking powder, butter and sugar together in a bowl, until a crumb is formed. Then in a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. Add the liquid to the crumb mixture and mix together to create a smooth dough.

If desired, the next step is to add the sultanas, however, if you’re not a fan of fruit scones and prefer the traditional plain option, simply leave them out – they’ll still taste delicious! Once the sultanas are mixed evenly throughout the dough, flatten the mixture, cover and leave to rest for around 30 minutes.

Once the timer buzzes, roll out the dough to a thickness of 2.5cm and cut into a desired shape, then leave to rest for a further 20 minutes. To create the perfect golden glow carefully wipe egg wash over the top of the scones and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. And you’re done! The pastry chefs then recommend to leave them to cool slightly before eating – if you can wait that long – and serve with jam and cream.

Royal fans and eager bakers have since thanked the royal family for sharing the delicious recipe, with many claiming they would be soon be heading to the kitchen to whip up the scones.

“Wow, it looks great!” wrote on the Instagram post. “I will try [them] very soon, thank you so much for sharing. Many greetings and blessings to all the beautiful family.”

“Fit for a Queen! Thank you ever so much,” @suzabelle2 added. While @heidi.allen said: “We can’t get a better recipe than this surely!”

It comes after Clarence House shared the recipe for one of Prince Charles’ favourite meals, Cheesy Baked Eggs, on its official Instagram page. You can find it here.

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Do you have a special scone recipe? Have you been doing any baking amid the pandemic?

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