Cherry scones

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 12-15
Sweeten up your scones with this easy recipe - ideal for a posh afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal218
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.72g
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  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 100g cold butter, diced



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 284ml pot buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g glacé cherry, chopped
  • clotted cream and cherry or strawberry jam, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put the flour, ½ tsp salt, bicarb and butter into a bowl and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar.

  2. Quickly mix in the buttermilk, a splash of milk, vanilla and cherries and bring together to form a soft dough. Press out onto a lightly floured surface, to about 3cm thick. Cut out with 5cm cutters.

  3. Transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet, brush with the remaining milk and bake for 12-15 mins until golden and well risen. Serve with clotted cream and jam.

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Comments (32)

floppsybunny's picture

After my third attempt at these they turned out to be glorious! I read a previous comment and turned down the oven temperature, first two attempts were burnt on the bottom! Just eaten two with fresh cream and jam, Yum!

Np's picture

Mine didn't raise??! How do you make them so they raise enough to cut them in half?

jaimeosa123's picture

so fab, loved this dish, defo making for my controlled assessment!!!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This is a very good scone recipe. They turned out light and fresh tasting. Served with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

siamesesal's picture

Can't work out how to leave stars but if I could I'd give 5.

siamesesal's picture

Used dried cherries and dried cranberries and turned out well. I was a bit concerned that the dough was too wet when I turned it out - err I mean scraped it out - but was fine with some flour on the work top and gently worked in.

stravers's picture

Lovely recipe, tried this today, didn't have buttermilk so I used sour cream. I added an additional tbsp of caster sugar, doubled the cherries, and cooked slightly lower temp 180. Will definitely make again.

Lemon Curd's picture

Made these 3 times now and everytime turned out brilliantly. I have increased the sugar content to 3 Tbsp though just to sweeten a little more and increased fruit to 120grms.
Lovely, light and fluffy. I use a larger cutter as think this gives a much better result for 8 perfect scones.

magskiss's picture

I added a small bag of mixed dried cherries and cranberries. They were the best scones I have ever made!

satans_lil_sister's picture

Ended up with 27, using a 3 cm cutter. Even with a reduced cooking time found them a touch dry, but slathering them in cream and jam solved that!

lucyholt01's picture

Review below

lucyholt01's picture

I've made these twice now and they just got better. Second time, I couldn't get buttermilk so I mixed 1/2 Greek yoghurt with 1/2 milk which worked just as well. I also added an extra tbsp of sugar for extra sweetness. Next time, I'm going to do them with sultanas and a little cinnamon.

haileyfarrell's picture

could you use other fruit? would they have to be fresh or would frozen berries be ok? newbie baker!

natalieanwyl's picture

The reviews for these scones are spot on - just made a batch with double cherries and double sugar and have to say they are the best I've ever tasted. Also used a slightly larger cutter and baked for the full time. Even more delicious with cherry jam and clotted cream!

incie1969's picture

Lovely, really easy and delish. Best scone recipe I have used.

bigtony1's picture

I added 1 beaten egg and 4 tbs spoons of caster suger.these were the biggest scones i have ever baked brill..........

denirvo's picture

I used half fat creme fraiche instead of buttermilk. They worked beautifully. Might put more cherries in next time though.

xlea-beax's picture

Really loved this recipe! Light and fluffy and just the right size! I added extra cherries though!
Also a handy hint if you dont have buttermilk you can use 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar mixed with a cup of milk and leave to sit for 5 minutes, works perfectly! Hope this helps :)

kypnut's picture

these were so easy to make, took a little longer to cook, but were lovely, hubbie said they were better than his Mums !!!!


Questions (1)

chelseajpickup's picture

can I use just milk as I don't have buttermilk ?

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