Crumbliest Scones – Round 1 (Jamie Oliver’s Recipe)

Round one?  Well in the recipe I came across last Saturday, Jamie Oliver said it takes two or three tries to get this recipe just right.  Sooooo, let’s have fun during the holiday season making scones with all the fun Fall flavors…..AND booze!  Remember I am a determined girl, so I will get them right, AND we will have full tummies in the process!

Now I must stress round one’s recipe tasted really delicious.  They just did not fluff up, and look all pretty.  When Jamie shares in his recipe to mix the dough minimally, that is the key.  Scones don’t like to be over mixed.

Crumbliest Scones Recipe by Jamie Oliver

In school we made scones a lot in our cooking classes.  We made savory, and sweet flavors, whatever the teacher had decided for that day.  Making savory scones is fun, they are perfect with soups or chili.  My favorite scone recipe we made was cheese and herb….sooooo GOOD!

Crumbliest Scones Recipe by Jamie Oliver

Crumbliest Scone Recipe by Jamie Oliver

See they are not too puffy, but…welllll….kinda filled with happy orange liquor!  A couple years ago at Christmas I made scones with leftover cranberry sauce and booze.  Using my Grandma’s cranberry relish in the Cranberry Orange Scones, made them so moist and delicious!  Here is Jamie’s recipe from his website, and here is the link to the website if you want to pop over there, too.    I love trying new, fun recipes!  And well any recipe from Jamie is sure to ROCK!

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150 g dried fruit, such as sour cherries, raisins, sultanas, chopped sour apricots, blueberries, or a mixture
orange juice, for soaking (I used Orange Liquor)
150 g cold unsalted butter
500 g self-raising flour, plus a little extra for dusting
2 level teaspoons baking powder
2 heaped teaspoons golden caster sugar
sea salt
2 large free-range eggs
4 tablespoons milk, plus a little extra for brushing


Scones are wonderfully British, delicious, and so simple even a five-year-old could make them. Get baking!

Scones are wonderfully British, delicious, and so simple even a five-year-old could make them. There's a magic hour just after they come out of the oven when they are so heavenly I just can't imagine why anyone would prefer store-bought scones. Just remember that the less you touch the dough, the shorter and crumblier your scones will be.

Put the dried fruit into a bowl and pour over just enough orange juice to cover. Ideally, leave it for a couple of hours. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. First and foremost, brilliant scones are about having the confidence to do as little as possible, so do what I say and they'll be really great; and the second and third time you make them you'll get the dough into a solid mass even quicker, even better.

Put your butter, flour, baking powder, sugar and a good pinch of sea salt into a mixing bowl and use your thumbs and forefingers to break up the butter and rub it into the flour so you get little cornflake – sized pieces. Make a well in the middle of the dough, add the eggs and milk, and stir it up with a spatula. Drain your soaked fruit and add that to the mixture. Add a tiny splash of milk if needed, until you have a soft, dry dough. Move it around as little as possible to get it looking like a scruffy mass – at this point, you're done. Sprinkle over some flour, cover the bowl with cling film and pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it's about 2 to 3cm thick. With a 6cm round cutter or the rim of a glass, cut out circles from the dough and place them upside down on a baking sheet – they will rise better that way (so they say). Re-roll any offcuts to use up the dough. Brush the top of each scone with the extra milk or some melted butter and bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until risen and golden. At that point, take them out of the oven and leave them to cool down a little. Serve with clotted cream and a little jam or lemon curd.

PS: A great little tip if you don't want to bake a whole batch is to freeze the scones after you've cut them out. That way, you can come home from work, pop the little rounds of frozen dough into the oven and cook them at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for 25 minutes, or until golden and lovely.

Makes about 16-20 scones.


I used my Eatsmart Scale for the recipe.  One of the best kitchen toys I have!

Crumbliest Scone Recipe by Jamie Oliver

Now stay tuned, round two will be coming soon….

Do you have a favorite scone recipe you love to make?

Do you enjoy sweet or savory scones more?

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  • Angie
    What a glorious breakfast! Jamie's recipes are great!
  • The Joy of Caking
    Ahh... scones. I haven't made them in a while. Thanks for the reminder Terra, your's sound delish!
  • Tutti Dolci
    I love scones, these look like such a treat!
  • Hotly Spiced
    We used to make scones in Sunday school and serve them to the adults when they came out of the service. You're quite right when you say they don't like too much handling. Great job with your scones! xx
  • I love scones too. Nothing beats a scone fresh out of the oven and smeared with jam and then add a dollop of whipped cream. The English and the Aussies got that right! Nobody around here would eat them for breakfast though - always for morning or afternoon tea (coffee break). and.. they're pronounced scons. weird. :)
  • kitchenriffs
    Scones are great! I don't make them that often, but mine are always kinda flat. I must be over mixing! Love the idea of orange liqueur. Good stuff - thanks.
  • Choc Chip Uru
    I love the addition of orange juice or liquor, a bit of freshness in warm breakfast scones :D Yum! Cheers CCU
  • Como Water
    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZE! :D Heck to the yeah Terra! :D Your posts always make me smile! Hugs chica!
  • Meghan
    I'll take filled with orange liquor over puffy any day! These look amazing and I completely agree that it takes 2-3 tries to get a recipe right. And now you've reminded me how much I love savory ones too filled with cheese & herbs. Can't wait to see what you come up with next :) xx
  • Mari’s Cakes
    Terra, these look delicous! I love the dried fruit soak scone idea. Have a fabulous day :)
  • Oh these look delicious Terra!Love the orange liquor in there and anything with booze sounds great to me :) I really have to bake my own scones one of these days!
  • Even though I love scones, sweet mostly, I haven't made them in years! If I remember correctly, they are temperamental and that over stirring thing might just be it. But you know, some good butter and jam and is just doesn't matter if they don't rise perfectly. Good flavor and what a breakfast! thanks for sharing this recipe!