A former royal chef is teaching how to make the Queen’s favourite scones


If you’re a lockdown baking cliche with a banana bread in one hand and sourdough starter in the other, then there’s a new YouTube channel that should be on your radar.

A former chef to the royal family has launched his own YouTube channel, with videos explaining how to make all kinds of treats.

Since launching the channel two weeks ago, chef Darren McGrady already has five videos to his name – but one particular tutorial stands out.

The video in question? A lesson on how to make Her Majesty’s favourite scones. How quintessentially British.

In the video, Darren – who spent 11 years in the Buckingham Palace kitchens – explains that you start by placing flour, sugar, baking powder and butter into a bowl.


Then rub all the ingredients together until you’ve achieved fine breadcrumbs. Afterwards, add the egg and milk and bring them together lightly – but he advises to add the milk a little at a time, until the dough comes together. Following that, Darren says to knead lightly and roll out until it’s 1-inch thick and shape using cutters. Then glaze with egg yolk and pop in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 °C until golden brown. But if cooking tips weren’t enough, Darren also explains the history of afternoon tea in England and adds the occasional anecdote about how the Queen enjoys her scones.