Gluten Free Plain Scones (Dairy Free)

Gluten Free Plain Scones (Dairy Free)

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Scones are a traditional component of a British afternoon tea. Served with jam and cream. They make the ideal treat to have with a cup of tea. These plain scones are gluten and dairy free. 

Jam or Cream First?  

The big question is do you add the jam or the cream first? There is quite the debate about this question. Personally I don’t have a preference on the order, but I know people can get quite heated about this. What do you prefer on your scone?

These are gluten and dairy free plain scones. Which means unless you use dairy free cream. Then it’s the jam that goes first.

jam and cream scones

For this recipes I chose to slice the scones in half. Then add strawberry jam to one half and plain dairy free yoghurt to the other half, Which actually got pretty messy when it came to shooting the pictures for this blog post. The combination was delicious nonetheless and I didn’t miss the cream.

I haven’t tried any dairy free creams, so i can’t comment on how that would work with this recipe. If you have found a good alternative I would love to know. Personally I was never a fan of regular dairy cream in the first place. Which is probably why I haven’t tried to find a dairy free version.

Sweet or Savoury Scones

Personally i prefer sweet scones, since i have sweet tooth There is a time and place for a savoury scone though. A rosemary and sea salt version would be a delicious accompaniment to eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Sweet Scones Options:

  • Dried fruit  (raisins, cranberries, apricots)
  • Chocolate chips or fudge pieces  
  • Fresh strawberries or apple.

up close shot of plain scones

Savoury Scones Options:

  • Cheese (dairy free if needed)
  • Caramelised onion and thyme
  • Rosemary and sea salt
  • Sun dried tomatoes

Liked This Easy Plain Scone Recipe Then Try These Next.

Brussels Pate (GF, DF, Low Fodmap)

Mini Apple Pies (GF, DF, SF)

Spiced Apple and Tomato Chutney (GF, DF, SF)

stack of filled scones

Final Result

A quick and easy plain scone recipe that can be used as a base for either a sweet or savoury scone. Simply add in any extra flavours to create a delicious treat.

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Easy Gluten Free Plain Scones (Dairy Free)

Scones are a traditional component of a British afternoon tea. Served with jam and cream. They make the ideal treat to have with a cup of tea. Gluten and dairy free. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine DF, GF
Keyword Plain scone
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Author emma


  • 225 grams Plain GF flour
  • 80 grams Almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 30 grams Coconut sugar
  • 80 grams Dairy free butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Pinch Sea salt


  1. Pre heat oven to 180c and line a baking tray with greaseproof.

  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

  3. Diced the butter up and add to the dry mixture. Rub the butter between your fingertips to create a breadcrumb texture.

  4. Beat both eggs in a small bowl.

  5. Create a well in the middle and add half your beaten egg. Stir to combine before adding the second half of the beaten egg. Again stir everything together to until a dough forms.

  6. Optional: this is where you would add in any extra flavours. To make sweet or savoury varieties.

  7. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out your dough.

  8. Using a large fluted cookie cutter punch out 10 circles each 1/2 inch thick,

  9. Place scones onto a the lined baking tray and bake in the oven at 180c for 10-12 minutes.

  10. Remove from oven and leave to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool complexity.

  11. Store in an airtight container. These scones stay soft for around 4-5 days.

easy up close shot of plain scones

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