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Can You Freeze Scones?

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You can’t beat a good scone with jam and cream. A traditional British treat that is perfect for any occasion. What makes scones even better is how handy they are to have around for lunches or for those times when you have unexpected guests to impress.

Can You Freeze Scones?

Yes, you can freeze scones for up to 3 months. You can freeze either baked or unbaked scones. You can even freeze a ball of scone dough.

Do Scones Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Scones? No

How To Freeze Scones

Scones couldn’t be easier to freeze and they freeze really well. You almost can’t tell the difference between fresh and frozen scones! For best results, the optimum time to freeze scones is while they are still fresh.

You can freeze scones that you have baked yourself or even any you have leftover from shopping – perfect to make the most of those special offers.

So let’s get started and find out how to freeze scones:

  1. Bake: Bake your scones according to your favourite recipe. Savoury, fruit or plain scones all can be frozen using this method. 
  2. Cool: Once baked, allow them to cool completely before preparing them for freezing.
  3. Label Bag: While your scones are cooling prepare a freezer bag by labelling it with the contents of the bag and the date. You also need to prepare small sheets of greaseproof parchment paper to use to keep the scones separate from each other in the freezer bag.
  4. Bag Up: Pop your cooled scones into the bag separating each one from the next with the parchment paper. This helps to stop the scones from sticking together in the bag.
  5. Freeze: Put the bag into the freezer and allow them to freeze. It couldn’t be any easier!

How to Freeze Cheese Scones

Cheese scones freeze just as well as any other type of scone and are the perfect way to keep a handy stash of savoury scones ready for whenever you need them.

To freeze cheese scones, follow the method mentioned above.

If you have any other flavours of scones then you can also freeze them using the same method. Remember to label the bag so you know which bag holds your savoury scones and your sweet scones!

How to Freeze Scone Dough

Scones that have been frozen and reheated can have a slight change in texture and taste so if you don’t like this change and prefer fresh scones then there is another way. You can freeze scones unbaked in dough form.

Then whenever you fancy some freshly baked scones you can thaw them out and cook them. They will taste just as good as freshly made scones and no one will ever be able to taste the difference!

  1. Make Dough: Prepare your dough following your usual recipe.
  2. Decide on Form: You can either form the dough into scones and pop them into a freezer bag or pop the dough in the freezer bag as it is. If you choose the first option then separate out each scone using parchment paper. This will stop them from sticking together when they freeze.
  3. Label and Freeze: Label the bag with the date and pop it into the freezer.
Freeze Scone Dough

3 Tips for Freezing Scones

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing scones to have the best results:

Label Them
If you have frozen multiple types of scones then it is vital that you label them. Once frozen, you’ll struggle to tell the difference between a cheese scone and a plain scone. 

Keep Separate with Parchment Paper
Scones will stick to one another in the freezer so use a sheet of parchment paper between each scone to prevent them from sticking to one another. 

Consider Freezing Dough
If you’re making scones at home then consider freezing the dough and not baked scones. You can cut the dough into scones and then freeze each scone in a bag. When you fancy a scone, grab it directly from the freezer then bake it fresh. 

How Long Can You Freeze Scones?

You can freeze both baked and unbaked scones for up to 3 months – if they last that long! Remember to always label them up so you know what they are and when they need to be consumed.

How Long Do Scones Last in the Fridge?

When kept at room temperate in an airtight container, scones will last for around 2 days. If they are kept in the fridge, they will last for up to 1 week.

How Do You Defrost Scones?

There are a couple of methods to thaw out scones.

The best way to defrost scones is to grab the amount you need from the freezer and pop them on a plate. Keep it covered with a clean tea towel and allow the scones to defrost at room temperature for two to three hours.

The second method works brilliantly if you need to thaw out your scones quickly but you might lose a little quality in texture in the process.

Simply pop the number of scones you need on a plate and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds on a defrost setting. Be careful to check them regularly as it is easy to over-microwave them and end up with rubbery scones.

Once you have defrosted the scones pop them into the oven for a couple of minutes to heat through. This should also help crisp up any scones that have become a little too moist while being frozen and defrosted.

If you have frozen scone dough instead then you will need to allow the dough to thaw out at room temperature for a few hours before forming it into your scone shapes and baking.

If you have formed your dough into scones before freezing then you don’t need to wait for them to thaw out completely before baking. Just partially thaw them out for an hour or two and then finish them off in the oven while baking.

Can You Refreeze Scones?

If you have frozen and thawed out already baked scones then we wouldn’t recommend that you freeze them again. Freezing and thawing changes the structure of any food and doing it too often will change the texture of the scones.

If you have frozen scone dough and have used it to bake scones then you should be able to freeze the baked scones once they have cooled down with no problems at all using the method from above.

Do Scones Freeze Well?

Freezing scones works out pretty well.

There might be some texture change but this should be slight and once you have heated them up then they should be as delicious as ever!

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing scones or scones in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Buttermilk Scones?

If you’ve knocked together a batch of buttermilk scones then you’re probably wondering whether or not you can freeze them. Well, yes you can! The good news is that the method you use for normal scones is the same as the one you need for buttermilk scones. So just scroll up and use the method above!

Can You Freeze Drop Scones?

Although scones in name, they are more like pancakes and are actually also called Scotch pancakes. We’ve written extensively about pancakes here but in a simple word – yes, you can freeze drop scones.

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