Scones with & without egg! (2024)

Scones with & without egg! (1)

Asked on 20 Apr 2020 by Smallage

Why do some scones have an egg and the plain ones none and some baking powder - what makes them rise the most?
Thank you

Scones with & without egg! (2)

Lindsey, Food Editor replied

Hello Ann,

Scones can be made either with self-raising flour or with plain flour and baking powder.

Sweet scones and cheese scones have an egg added to enrich them.

Both will rise but whatever scone you make its important that they are handled lightly and not rolled too thinly.

If you haven’t seen it, we show them being made in the cookery school.

Best wishes


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Smallage replied

Thank you so much for your comments on scones. Ann

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Scones with & without egg! (2024)


What can I use instead of egg in scones? ›

For one egg, mix 3 tbsp chickpea flour + 3 tbsp water (or non-dairy milk) until thick and creamy. This option works both as a binder and leavener and it's a great natural egg replacer for baked goods such as scones, cookies and biscotti.

Why do scones not have eggs? ›

Just as in old times, today's scone recipes don't include eggs, but there are some rare recipes that do. Eggs may change the texture of the scone, which should be golden on the outside and airy inside.

What is the secret to making good scones? ›

Baking tips for making the perfect scones

The colder the better when it comes to scones, we recommend a chilled bowl and pastry cutter too. Use pastry flour: This will create a noticeably lighter scone. However, self-raising flour works just as well and creates a higher rising scone that holds its shape nicely.

What does adding an egg do to scones? ›

Egg: Adds flavor, lift, and structure. Optional: Vanilla extract adds necessary flavor to sweet scones, but skip it if you're making savory scones.

What makes scones rise best? ›

To ensure taller scones, start with a thicker dough disc and place the scones on a tray with sides, allowing them to slightly touch one another. This arrangement encourages the scones to push against the pan and each other, promoting height.

What stops scones from rising? ›

Placing a dough in a cool oven that then slowly heats up actually affects the rising agent. Make sure your oven is at the right temperature you will be baking the scones at before you put them in. Also having an oven that is too hot or too cold will affect the baking of your scones immensely.

What do bakers use instead of eggs? ›

Substitutes like vinegar and baking soda, plain yogurt or buttermilk can help keep cake light, airy and structurally sound. Replace each egg with 1 teaspoon of baking soda combined with 1 tablespoon of vinegar, ¼ cup of plain yogurt or ¼ cup of buttermilk.

What can I use as a thickener instead of egg? ›

Starches like arrowroot powder, cornstarch, potato starch, tapioca starch, and agar, all mixed with a bit of water until viscous and smooth, can serve as an egg substitute in enriched breads and cakes, as well as a thickening agent in custards and sauces.

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