A good basic scone recipe begins with flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine these dry ingredients before cutting in a fat, either butter or shortening, or a combination of both. When the mixture resembles a course meal, mix in an egg with cream or milk. Thoroughly mix the batter without over mixing, which leads to chewy scones. Roll, knead and cut the dough before baking it in a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven.