Sultana scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream

James Martin’s scones with homemade strawberry jam are perfect for relaxed weekend baking. You’ll need a sugar thermometer to make the jam.


For the strawberry jam
  • 500g/1lb 2oz jam sugar
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, hulled and cut in half only if large
  • ½ lemon, juice only
For the scones
  • 450g/1lb strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 75g/3oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g/3oz caster sugar
  • 150g/5oz sultanas
  • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten, plus 2 eggs for glazing
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk
  • 400g/14oz clotted cream, to serve

Preparation method

  1. For the jam, heat the sugar, strawberries and lemon juice in a large saucepan over a medium heat until the sugar has melted.

  2. Bring the mixture to the boil and cook for 3-4 minutes (or up to 10 minutes if you prefer a thicker style jam). Check the temperature with a sugar thermometer; it should reach 105C/220F.

  3. Leave the jam to cool slightly and skim off any froth with a clean spoon. Spoon the jam into sterile jam jars, seal and label.

  4. For the scones, preheat the oven to 220C/450F/Gas 7. Grease a large baking tray.

  5. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  6. Stir in the sugar, sultanas and eggs.

  7. Stir in the milk with a wooden spoon, a little at a time, to form a smooth dough.

  8. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 2cm/¾in.

  9. Dip a 5cm/2in pastry cutter into a little flour and cut out the scones (be careful not to twist the cutter as it will cause the scones to rise unevenly).

  10. Beat the two remaining eggs in a bowl and carefully brush the tops of the scones, taking care not to let any run over the edge.

  11. Place the scones onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown.

  12. Remove the scones from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve the warm scones with the strawberry jam and clotted cream.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen Best Bites

Less than 30 mins preparation time

1 to 2 hours cooking time

Serves 4