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How to make delicious air fryer fruit scones. If you love scones and would like a sultana scones recipe, then this is for you.
These fruit scones in the air fryer are easy prep, fast cooking and perfect served with some butter for the ultimate best of British afternoon treat.
This fruit scones recipe was originally shared back in 2018 and updating with new photos and better tips and tricks for making the best fruit scones.
If there is a food from childhood that still lives on, then it is fruit scones. Whenever I think of afternoon tea and a quick snack in an English café there is always some fruit scones.
This summer on a family road trip, we must have enjoyed at least 6 rounds of afternoon tea and the fruit scones never disappointed.
Jorge (who is six) absolutely loves sultanas and loves scones with some butter and some cheese.
The cheese is always wensleydale for that typical crumbly cheese with fruit scones.
We were at a tearoom in the Yorkshire Dales just before going to the Wensleydale cheese factory and as we sat down with our fruit scones, I said to Jorge, we better update our air fryer fruit scones recipe ASAP and he couldn’t wait to come home from holiday and help his mum make fruit scones.
Baking With Grandma Kitty
This week on Recipe This is dedicated to what recipes my grandma taught me when I was young.
It would have been her birthday this week and I want to celebrate the amazing old school classic recipes she taught me, that still today feel like they should be cooked in the air fryer.
Her nickname was Kitty to many, and she loved the classic bero little cookbooks that you can still buy today. (Here is one of them for sale)
We also have many readers over 80 at Recipe This that love old school baking, and this is dedicated to anyone that would love to bake in the air fryer with classic recipes that never go out of fashion.
You can follow the full series below:
- Air Fryer Fruit Scones (what you are reading now)
- Air Fryer Rock Cakes
- Air Fryer Fat Rascals
- Air Fryer Egg & Bacon Pie
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Why Cook Fruit Scones In An Air Fryer?
Fruit scones in the air fryer are fantastic. Firstly, they are a money saver. There is a big mark up on how much it costs to make fruit scones to what you are charged in bakeries, then of course the air fryer doesn’t need preheating and will cook your fruit scones much quicker compared to the oven.
Then secondly, its simple. You can follow our easy fruit scones recipe and with the perfect time and temp its easy to load them into the air fryer and for them always to be perfect and not under or over.
The air fryer is also amazing for that golden glow on top of the fruit scones that you normally get from professional bakery ovens.
Can You Use Margarine Instead Of Butter For Scones?
Yes, you can use butter or margarine in scones. Scones will taste better if you use a quality unsalted butter (we used M&S) but you can still make delicious scones with margarine instead and it will be much cheaper.
I was at the Beamish Museum in the summer and was in the 1900’s grocery shopping and even back then margarine was half the price of the butter.
What Is The Secret To Making Good Scones?
The secret to great scones is patience and the ingredients used. The better the ingredients, the better the scones. For example, avoid cheap supermarket flour as it doesn’t work as good in baking.
I always invest in Bero flour as it just does an amazing job especially for the best fruit scones recipe.
Then when it comes to patience, making sure your fat is thoroughly rubbed into the flour, otherwise you will have fat lumps and it will create uneven scones.
Should You Put Egg In Scones?
Yes, you should put eggs in scones. The egg in the scones helps bind the scones together and give it that lovely glow that you associate with delicious fruit scones.
I also recommend extra egg for the egg wash for that golden colour as they come out of the air fryer, the same look we have in our other air fryer scones recipe that is made with cheese.
Can You Heat Up Scones In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can also use the air fryer to heat up scones. I previously talked about a Too Good To Go Bag from Greggs and with a lot of bakeries now offering these bags it’s a great way to take some scones home and reheat them in the air fryer.
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Fruit Scone Recipe Ingredients
Flour – I recommend using a strong quality flour like Bero and you will need self raising flour for the best fruit scones.
Butter – We used M&S unsalted butter, but you can swap this for margarine if you prefer as it can make the scones much cheaper to make.
Sugar – Then for sugar we used caster sugar. You don’t need a lot in fruit scones compared to other sweet baking recipes.
Egg – After the flour, sugar, and butter have been added to your scone mix you will need some egg. One medium will do plus extra for brushing the scones before they air fry.
Currants – Then you can use a mix of dates, raisins etc or whatever you prefer. We used some raisins that were spare in our cupboard.
Milk – You don’t need a lot of milk just enough to bind together your scone mix and to create a dough that you can roll out.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this fruit scone recipe it has just been our Philips air fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.
Plus, we recommend you head over to our air fryer recipes category as we have more than 500 tried and tested air fryer recipes and have been air frying for 10 years.
How To Make Fruit Scones?
- Rub. Start by loading into a bowl your flour and sugar and then mixing the fat into the flour and sugar, until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add. Next add in raisins and egg and mix well, then add enough milk to bind into a dough.
- Knead. Use your hands to knead the dough until you have a soft dough ball. Then roll out on a clean, floured worktop.
- Cut. Use your cookie cutters to make equal scone shapes and then load into the air fryer, as many as will fit.
- Cook. Air fry your sultana scones for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Serve. When the air fryer beeps serve your scones with butter, wensleydale or similar crumbly British cheese and enjoy.
And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook fruit scones in air fryer and how you can be doing the same.
How Long To Cook Fruit Scones In Air Fryer?
The air fryer fruit scones cook time is JUST 8 minutes. Though note, we have done thinner fruit scones because we wanted a smaller portion. If you wanted to go thicker then increase the cook time to 10 minutes.
You can tell when your scones are cooked because they are hallow underneath and will have a grilled underneath look because of the air fryer.
More Old Fashioned Baking In The Air Fryer
I love old school baking. It feels like it never goes out of fashion. I’m aged 40 and the first thing I learnt at school was how to cook scones and now I love air fryer scones.
The same can be said for the following timeless baking recipes that are perfect for the air fryer:
- Air Fryer Cheese Flan
- Air Fryer Cheese Whirls
- Air Fryer Sponge Cake
- Air Fryer Sausage Rolls
- Air Fryer Butterfly Cakes
- Air Fryer Cornish Pasties
- Air Fryer Suet Dumplings
Your fruit scones air fryer recipe is below, note you can print it out with or without photos, adjust servings, or click between metric and imperial depending on where you are in the world.
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Air Fryer Fruit Scones
- Load into a bowl the flour and the sugar and then add in the butter chopped into chunks.
- Mix the fat into the flour and sugar until you have a bowl of coarse breadcrumbs.
- Then add in the egg and currants and mix well.
- Next add enough milk to make a dough. Adding a little milk at a time until you have a soft dough ball.
- Roll out your dough on a floured worktop with a floured rolling pin. Go thin like us for smaller fruit scones or double the thickness for traditional scones.
- Use your favourite cookie or scone cutter and make equal scone circles.
- Then place into the air fryer as many as will fit, then brush egg wash on the tops and then air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f doing it in batches if needed.
- Then serve with butter and cheese.