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Special Fruit Scones
Making good scones is so easy if the mixture is not too dry and the dough is not overhandled.Wrap the scones in a clean tea towel after baking to keep them moist.

Makes about 14 scones

Cake tins needed:
2 baking sheets
225g (8oz) self-raising flour
1 level tsp baking powder
50g (2oz) butter, softened
25g (1oz) caster sugar
50g (2oz) mixed dried fruit
1 large egg
a little milk
Step One
Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/gas 7. Lightly grease the baking sheets.
Step Two
Measure the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and the dried fruit. Break the egg into a measuring jug and beat, then make up to 150ml (¼ pint) with milk. Stir the egg and milk into the flour and mix to a soft but not sticky dough.
Step Three
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, knead lightly and roll out to a 1cm (½in) thickness. Cut into rounds with a fluted 5cm (2in) cutter and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the tops with a little milk.
Step Four
Bake for about 10 minutes or until pale golden brown. Lift the scones onto a wire rack to cool. Eat as fresh as possible.

First attempt at this recipe. They didn’t rise quite
as much as I’d hoped but still very pleased with the results! More like rock cakes than scones.

Paul Pearce-Couch
Added on May 1st, 2014

Sooooo easy, Mary you have made me a great baker. Everything I make turns out soooo good. The family love my baking. Thanks love you.

Added on March 18th, 2014

OOOH we wonder what went wrong with the batch that didn’t rise!?

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Added on February 19th, 2014


jean ryan
Added on February 18th, 2014

made several batches of these now and only once did they not rise very much. Been enjoyed by many. some in the oven now :)

Added on February 16th, 2014

I had a go at these today, I found slowly adding the egg and milk mixture little by little was fine. It soaked up some of the flour on the board so was fab. Only minus, they didnt rise very much…any tips?

Jenny Smithdake
Added on February 3rd, 2014

All went well until the latter stages of Step 2, when the beaten egg and milk (made up to 150ml) resulted in a wet mix for the scone dough. Unable to knead and roll out, I ended up with some very tasty ‘rock’ scones! Next time, I’ll beat and add the egg to the dry mixture before adding the milk little by little to achieve the soft dough.

Added on January 15th, 2014

I’d love it if there were a ‘print this page’ facility so that I can have it near me when making the scones.

Added on January 14th, 2014

I used Mary’s scone recipe today. They are fantastic, the best I have made.

Andy Henderson
Added on September 15th, 2013

Always produce a perfect scone, fabulous recipe. Thanks.

Added on July 25th, 2013

Love the scones Mary’s recipe are great

Added on April 4th, 2013

I am 11 years old. I use this recipe. Great result. Yummy!!!!!!!!

Added on March 15th, 2013

Tried these twice and they never got any bigger than when they were rolled out :( i blame my useless baking skills more than this recipe.

Added on March 8th, 2013

Just made Mary Berry’s scones for first time – soft, fluffy and delicious. Jamie or Delia just don’t compare.P.s Try wee sprinkling of dessicated coconut.mmmmmmmmm

maria hagan
Added on March 8th, 2013

Amazing the best I have ever made,I will never use any other recipe apart from this one and I have tried a lot.

Added on March 3rd, 2013

never baked before just tried mary berry scones my family loved them they are soooo yummy bring on her victoria sponge!!!!

Added on March 3rd, 2013

I made some of Delia scones yesterday terrible, thought I would give Mary’s a go what an easy recipe LOVED THEM!!!
will be doing these again.

Pam Warner
Added on February 23rd, 2013

well i like the taste of mary’s fruit scones but thought they were a bit small how can i make them bigger

Added on February 6th, 2013

going to give the scones ago i carnt make a decent scone never have done yet.WATCH THIS SPACE I will report back tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!!!

beverley lawson
Added on December 7th, 2012

I make Mary berry’s Victoria sandwich and it is always amazing despite me being a truly inexperienced baker!! In fact I can only do the cake and apple pie!

Added on November 22nd, 2012

mary berrys recipesare just great,every one i have made turns out great.i have lots of her books and would reccomend them.

Added on October 6th, 2012

toooooooo sticky the mixture eeeeeeew never again

Added on September 24th, 2012

Not hugely blown away by these despite following the recipe metiiculously. I think a pinch of salt improves them a bit but find them too crumbly and not a great flavour. I prefer Delia’s recipe and the use of buttermilk which is cheap and widely available in supermarkets.

Francine Bailey
Added on August 30th, 2012

[...] And if you haven’t started your baking already…try Merry Berry’s Special Fruit Scone recipe! [...]

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Added on June 3rd, 2012

Woo hoo a fab easy scone that looks and tastes like a scone and not a rock bun. Thanks a million Mary

Added on April 18th, 2012

Have never been disappointedin any of Mary’s recipes,and I have been using and reading her books for a very long time. Thank you Mary.

Margaret Smith
Added on October 28th, 2011

Great! Have you tried any of Mary’s other scone recipes?

Added on July 1st, 2011

My whole family love these scones.

Sue Crawford
Added on June 30th, 2011

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