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Lovely lemonade scones

Bake some delicious scones for an afternoon tea, with one unusual ingredient.

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You’ll need

  • Ingredients (see recipe)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Wooden spoons
  • Baking trays
  • Forks
  • Anti-bacterial spray and cloth
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Circular biscuit cutter
  • Small bowl or mug
  • Spatula
  • Pastry brush
  • Wire rack (optional)
  • Rolling pin
  • Large jug
  • Weighing scale
  • Sieve
  • Access to an oven, a fridge and a sink
  • Heat-proof gloves
  • Fire extinguisher or fire blanket
  • First aid kit, including for burns

Before you begin 

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely. 
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers. 

Using a kitchen and preparing to cook  

  • You could run our kitchen safety and hygiene activities, Kitchen risk bingo and Home kitchen hygiene prior to running this session. 
  • Remember to have a hand washing station and take extra hygiene precautions when handling raw meat, such as regular hand washing, having separate equipment for raw and cooked meat, and washing up equipment as soon as it's been used. Look at our guidance on food preparation. 
  • Make sure you’ve all the ingredients ready.
  • Remember to check your ingredients against any allergy or dietary requirements to ensure everyone can enjoy the recipe. This may mean using alternative ingredients. 

Getting ready to cook

  1. Everyone should wash their hands and gather in a circle. Tell everyone you’re going to make lemonade scones. You might want to remind everyone about ways to keep safe in the kitchen you’re using and to regularly wash their hands. 
  2. Now, everyone should get into smalls groups and gather their ingredients and equipment. 

Lemonade scones recipe

Ingredients (per group): 

  • 350g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 
  • 1 tbsp baking powder 
  • 50g caster sugar 
  • 120g double cream 
  • 120g lemonade (avoid using sugar-free varieties)
  • 1 egg 

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 12 minutes (plus 60 minutes chilling) 

Makes: 10 

Make your dough

  1. Each group should weigh out and sieve the flour into the bowl. They should then weigh out and add the baking powder and sugar in a large bowl and mix it together.  
  2. They then need to weigh out the cream and lemonade into a jug.
  3. Gradually pour in the double cream and lemonade, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the mixture comes together into a dough.  

Knead, roll out and chill

  1. Spray a surface using the anti-bacterial spray and cloth, then make sure it’s a dry. 
  2. Lightly spread flour onto the cleaned surface and tip the dough out.  
  3. Knead the dough until it’s smooth but be careful to not overwork it. 
  4. Each group should then transfer the dough onto sheet of lightly floured baking parchment, then they need to roll it out until it’s around 2cm in thickness. 
  5. The dough needs to be chilled for 60 until slightly firm.  

Cut out and glaze

  1. Take the dough out of the fridge and use a round cutter, around 6cm in diameter, to stamp out ten circles. These will be the scones, so everyone should try not to twist the cutter as they press it into the dough.
  2. Each group should line a large baking tray with baking parchment and arrange the scones on top. They need to leave space between each.  
  3. Using a spatula, each group should carefully flip over the scones, so the side that was touching the baking parchment when stamping them out is now on top. 
  4. Each group should break their egg into a small bowl or mug and beat it using a fork.  
  5. Now, each group should carefully brush the tops with the beaten egg, using a pastry brush, making sure the glaze doesn't drip down the sides. 

Bake your scones

  1. When ready, heat the oven to 220C/200C or gas mark 7.  
  2. Each group should, wearing heatproof gloves, carefully place the scones in the oven, with an adult volunteer to help.  
  3. Now, bake the scones for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they turn golden. You could tidy and wash up while they bake. 
  4. When ready, an adult volunteer should wear heatproof gloves and carefully remove the scones from the oven and place the tray on a heatproof surface, away from young people. 
  5. The scones should be left to cool on a wire rack, then served with butter or cream and jam. 


This activity was a great introduction to baking and was hopefully lots of fun, while also developing your kitchen skills.   

Has anyone had a scone before? What was it like to make them? Was it how you expected? 

Cooking and baking often involves lots of teamwork. Did you work well as a team? How did you make sure everyone got to take part?  

Kitchens can be dangerous places. When cooking in the kitchen, how did you keep yourself and each other safe while you were cooking?  

Are there any other ingredients that you think would make a yummy scone? What would add to the recipe next time, such as dried fruit or chocolate chips? 


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.


Remember to check for allergies, eating problems, fasting or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed. Make sure you’ve suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods. Take a look at our guidance on food safety and hygiene.

To make it easier, or if you’ll be short on time, you could make the dough mixture and chill it before the session. 

Remember to check your ingredients against any allergy or dietary requirements to ensure everyone can enjoy the recipe. This may mean using alternative ingredients. 

There are lots of different jobs that need doing when planning, making and cooking in a kitchen. There’s a role for everyone, so encourage everyone to be involved in a way that works for them. If anyone needs help or struggles with fine motor skills, such as when chopping, give them the opportunity to work in pairs, with a young leader or an adult volunteer.  

If anyone needs help or struggles with fine motor skills, give them the opportunity to work in pairs with another young person, with a young leader or an adult volunteer. They could use larger materials. You could swap out the items for something easier to handle. 

Make sure the objects are placed in areas accessible for everyone in the group and all the materials are at a level that can be easily worked on by wheelchair users. 

You could have print-outs of the recipe, including large print versions, to help everyone follow the instructions. 

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Why not make these scones as part of a picnic or afternoon tea? 

Everyone could come up with their own scone recipe.