These big, tall, fluffy Treacle Scones have a hint of cinnamon, mixed spice and black treacle. They are very easy to make and are absolutely delicious spread with butter and jam!
When I think of treacle scones I’m always transported to this time of year. The aroma of the mixed spice, cinnamon and rich, dark treacle (molasses) while they are baking makes me think of chilly days, gingerbread, Halloween and Bonfire Night.
I couldn’t imagine eating a treacle scone in the height of Summer – it just wouldn’t seem right somehow!
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how to make treacle scones
(Detailed instructions and recipe amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)
First you need to combine your dry ingredients which are:
- Self raising flour
- Adding a little Baking powder will give the scones extra “oomph”
- fine salt
- Soft Light Brown Sugar – you can use white caster sugar, but I like using the brown in this recipe – it goes perfectly with the treacle.
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Mixed Spice
step by step instructions
(printable recipe card at the bottom of the post!)
Step one – Place all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir lightly to combine.
Step two – Melt the butter, brown sugar and treacle together in a small saucepan over a low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and set aside for about 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Step three – Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the melted butter/treacle mixture, followed by most of the milk. Quickly and gently mix to a soft, slightly sticky dough. The key to great scones is to handle the mixture as little as possible – think light and airy!
I wouldn’t recommend making scones if you’re in a bad mood and have some frustrations to release – save that for making bread!
Step four – Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Using your hands, gently pat out the dough to a circle roughly 1 inch thick. Using a large cutter, cut out rounds of dough. Don’t twist the cutter while you are cutting the rounds out or your scones might end up lopsided!
Place the scones in the oven as quickly as you can. Bake at 200C/180Fan/400F for 15-18 minutes or until the scones have risen well and smell amazing.
tips and tricks for making perfect scones
- Make sure your raising agents are well in date – if they’ve been hanging around in the cupboard for several months (or even years!) they won’t have the same “oomph” and your scones won’t rise as well.
- As all scone recipes, the trick to light and fluffy scones is to handle the dough as little as possible. You don’t need to knead the dough – and as soon as dough comes together once you’ve added the liquid, stop mixing immediately!
- When you turn the dough out to cut out your scones, gently pat it into a round. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfectly smooth but do try and make sure the dough is of an even thickness, otherwise your scones might end up a bit wonky and lopsided. But I’m sure they will still taste good!
- This recipe will give you 8 Large Scones – not a huge amount but they are meant to be eaten on the same day of baking. I don’t see that being much of a problem!
- You can also make these scones with plain flour instead of self raising – omit the baking powder and add 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar. Why don’t I just add more baking powder, I hear you ask? You could, but I’ve personally had much better results with this recipe using bicarbonate and cream of tartar when using plain flour.
I can’t get treacle – can i use molasses instead?
I use Lyle black treacle – I love its iconic red tin! But if you can’t find treacle, molasses can be used instead.
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- 50g butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Treacle (Molasses)
- 500g self raising flour (see note below on how to adapt the recipe using plain flour)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 250ml whole or semi skimmed milk
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180Fan/400F. Grease and line a large baking tray.
- Melt the butter, brown sugar and treacle in a small pan over a low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes to cool down.
- Place the flour, baking powder, salt, mixed spice and ground cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Stir lightly to combine everything together.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Pour in the melted butter, sugar and treacle mixture. Pour in 200ml of the milk and gently mix to a soft dough. If there are lots of crumbs sitting at the bottom of the bowl and the dough seems dry, add some extra milk, 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky, but not too sticky it's difficult to handle.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Using your hands, gently pat the dough out into a circle, about 1 inch thick. Using a large scone cutter, cut out rounds of dough and place on the baking tray.
- Immediately place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the scones have risen well and are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and leave to cool slightly before eating!
Plain flour can be used instead of self raising - but if you do use plain, omit the baking powder and add 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.
Scones are best eaten on the day they are made - but that shouldn't be a big problem!
This recipe will give you about 8 large scones.
To re-use the dough scraps, gently push them together before cutting out rounds - don't knead the dough or your scones will end up tough.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 1056mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g
Calories and nutritional information are provided by a third party application and should be viewed as indicative figures only.