Christian Stan, at 30 Apr. 20, in Gourmet, Hotel Restaurants

While we are staying home, and hopefully staying safe, it’s hard not to miss the thrills of exploring new countries or the comfort of visiting our most cherished cities.

One of our favorite things about London, that we suggest to first-time visitors and aficionados alike is the tradition of Afternoon Tea at a luxury hotel.

Most scone recipes are fairly similar and include flour, butter, sugar, salt, baking powder and either buttermilk or milk with a spritz of lemon juice.  You will need a two-inch round cutter (or the top of a glass will do). Serve with jam of your choice and butter (or clotted cream if you can find it; we couldn’t in London).

Plain Scones by by Mark Perkins, executive pastry chef of Rosewood London


  • 500 grams soft flour
  • 25 grams baking powder
  • 5 grams salt
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 75 grams unsalted butter
  • 150 grams buttermilk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk


  1. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt
  2. Rub the butter into the flour with your hands until everything is combined
  3. Mix eggs and buttermilk together; add to the flour and mix until a dough is formed
  4. Dust the work surface with flour and gently work the dough until a smooth consistency is created
  5. Roll the dough to 1.5 centimeters thick
  6. Cut out using a floured pastry cutter
  7. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment
  8. Brush each scone with egg yolk (try not to get any drips down the sides of the scone)
  9. Rest in the fridge for one hour
  10. Brush each scone with egg yolk a second time
  11. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes

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