London Browns Hotel Tea Scones

Prep Time
Cook Time
5h 20m
Ready In

Recipe: #38526

April 21, 2022

"The five-star Brown’s Hotel is one of ten Rocco Forte luxury hotels, this is as close as I'm going to get to dining there lol a 4 hour waiting time for the dough"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (119.3 g)
  • Calories 297.7
  • Total Fat - 12.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 171.6 mg
  • Sodium - 330.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 37.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.1 g
  • Sugars - 9.7 g
  • Protein - 11 g
  • Calcium - 147.7 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

A large bowl

Step 2

Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar, and rub it in with your fingers.

Step 3

Gently mix until just combined.

Step 4

Slowly pour in the milk

Step 5

Mix in the sultanas before the milk is completely mixed into the dough.

Step 6

Leave the dough to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Step 7

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 8

Roll the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of 1″.

Step 9

Flip the dough upside down and cut the scones with a round 1 1/2″ cutter.

Step 10

Transfer the scones to the lined baking sheet, leaving space in between for the scones to rise. Brush the top of the scones with half the egg wash and leave to rest for 2 hours.

Step 11

Preheat the oven to 390°F.

Step 12

Brush the top of the scones with the remaining egg wash and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

Step 13

Bake the scones for about 8 minutes, then turn the tray and add another 6 minutes, or until golden


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting butter for this recipe, make sure it is cold and diced for best results.
  • For the sultanas, make sure you use 2 ounces (or 1/3 cup) for the recipe.

  • Substitute the butter for coconut oil: Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than butter, making it a healthier option for baking. It also has a mild coconut flavor which can add a subtle sweetness to the scones.
  • Substitute the sultanas for dried cranberries: Dried cranberries are a great substitute for sultanas as they have a similar texture and sweetness. They also add a tartness that can be a nice contrast to the sweetness of the scones.

Orange Zest Scones Replace the sultanas with 1/3 cup of orange zest for a citrusy twist. Reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients. Replace the milk with orange juice for a more intense flavor.

Clotted Cream and Jam: Clotted cream and jam is a classic accompaniment to tea scones. The rich and creamy texture of clotted cream complements the light and fluffy texture of the scones, while the sweetness of the jam adds a touch of flavor.

Lemon Curd: Lemon curd is a delicious accompaniment to tea scones. Its tart and sweet flavor pairs well with the light and fluffy texture of the scones, while its creamy texture adds a delightful contrast to the clotted cream and jam. Plus, it adds a zesty twist to the traditional tea scone pairing.


Q: How long should I bake the scones for?

A: Bake the scones for about 8 minutes, then turn the tray and add another 6 minutes, or until golden.

Q: What type of flour should I use?

A: Use plain flour or all-purpose flour for scones. Avoid using self-raising flour as it will make the scones rise too much.

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Fun facts:

The Brown's Hotel is a five-star hotel in London that was founded in 1837, making it one of the oldest luxury hotels in the city. It has been frequented by many famous people, including Queen Victoria, who stayed there in 1842.

The recipe for Brown's Hotel Tea Scones is said to have been created by the hotel's head chef in the 1950s. The scones have become a popular treat in the UK, and are served in many tea shops and cafes across the country.