Mary Berry's Scones

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Serves: 10


  • 1 ¾ cups (225 grams) self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder
  • Freshly grated zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated or caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) cold butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 egg
  • Scant ½ cup (110 ml) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. Arrange a rack in your oven to the upper-middle position. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and sugar to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to blend.
  3. Add the butter. Pulse until it forms a chunky, sandy mixture, with pea-sized bits.
  4. Combine the egg and milk in a medium bowl. Beat with a fork to blend. Spoon out 2 tablespoons of the mixture, and set aside.
  5. Add the flour-butter mixture to the bowl, along with the poppy seeds. Stir quickly with a fork or wooden spoon until it forms a rough dough.
  6. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured counter. Roll dough ¾-inch (2-cm) thick. Use a 2 ½-inch (6-cm) round cutter to press out circles of dough. It’s okay to gently gather up, and re-roll scraps once or twice.
  7. Place the cut scones on the prepared pan. Brush the tops with the reserved egg-milk mixture. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden, and the bottoms deep golden.
  8. Remove from the oven, cover with a dish cloth, and let rest like this to cool for 10 minutes before serving.