Buttermilk scones

Buttermilk scones

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 10 -12

Afternoon tea just wouldn't be the same without warm scones straight from the oven

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
229
protein
4g
carbs
39g
fat
8g
saturates
5g
fibre
1g
sugar
10g
salt
0.6g

Ingredients

  • 450g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 100g cold butter, diced
  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 284ml pot buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • splash of milk

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put the flour, salt and butter into a food processor and pulse until you can’t feel any lumps of butter (or rub in butter with fingers). Pulse in the sugar.
  2. Gently warm the buttermilk (don’t throw away the pot) and vanilla in a microwave or pan. Using your largest bowl, quickly tip in some of the flour mix, followed by some of the buttermilk mix, repeating until everything is in the bowl. Use a knife to quickly mix together to form a dough – don’t over-mix it.
  3. Tip onto a floured surface and lightly bring together with your hands a couple of times. Press out gently to about 4cm thick and stamp out rounds with a 6cm or 7cm cutter. Re-shape trimmings, until all the dough is used. Spread out on a lightly floured baking sheet or two. Add a splash of milk into the buttermilk pot, then use to glaze the top of each scone. Bake for 10-12 mins until golden and well risen.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2010

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susieone's picture
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Super recipe! I made these and they are really tasty - I've never made scones with vanilla essence before but I will certainly be using it again. I read the other comments AFTER I'd finsihed (and eaten one - yum yum) and I realised that I misread the quantity of sugar - I used 55g instead of 85, and the scones were good. I cooked for 14 minutes - I used a 6.5 cm cutter.

ninadullabh's picture

Made these, so easy and tasty. Will definitely be making this again. Shared with our neighbours and went down a treat

goodfood111's picture

I can't bake, everything usually turns out undercooked, over cooked or heavy. HOWEVER followed this recipes, having never made scones before, and they were lovely. I only used 30g of sugar having read the comments, I used a 6.5/7cm cutter and I only got 8 scones out of the mixture when having a height of 4cm as per the recipe. Cooked for 17 or so mins. I also used good quality butter ( President) as I read somewhere previously that you should use good butter when making scones. Can't believe I baked something well :-) 5 stars!!!

snowmoon's picture

Let me first point out that I am not experienced in baking at all. Recently decided to learn to bake home-made scones and have tried two other recipes, which turned out to be a little disappointing. I was thinking of giving up but thought I'd give it one last try with this recipe. The scones came out perfect! Fluffy and delicious. I did have to bake them for 20 minutes though, and I only used 25g of sugar.

Baking is my yoga's picture

I love this recipe! So easy to make and absolutely delicious. For variety I've made them with cherries and also sultanas with a touch of cinnamon. The smell that fills the house when these scones are baking is just gorgeous.

qas5saq's picture

Delicious. My carton of buttermilk was only 250ml, but the scones still came out spot on. I just chucked all the dry ingredients in with the wet instead of a bit at a time as instructed and they rose beautifully.

kiwicaro's picture

RESULT! I've always steered clear of scones - but these turned our perfectly - even if I did manage to curdle the buttermilk. Next time I'll reduce the sugar a little. Recipe saved.

meishhhh's picture

What a disappointment! Made these after reading all the reviews but my dough looked nothing like dough- it was all sticky and uncuttable once everything was mixed together. Just spooned the mixture in the baking trays. Looks nothing like scones but father in law- who I made these for- loved the taste. Wonder what went wrong?

harvey6's picture

For years I have failed in my attempts to make good scones. Made these today and am very pleased with the results. They were easy too.

same965's picture
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Good, but too simple.

abrrn1's picture

Made these today and they were fantastic will definitely make them again...managed to get buttermilk in morrisons.

evatopping's picture

Delish.....straight out of oven, lashings of butter and homemade lemon curd.

padfoot1's picture
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This recipe really is excellent. Although I always reduce the caster sugar to 25g, as 85g really tastes far too sugary for my liking. I love using buttermilk in my baking, it's such a great ingredient.

sooz71's picture
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Made these for the first time yesterday by hand just because I don't like washing the food processor, but it wont be the last time they were delicious and so easy to make, also added 100g of sultanas as I like a fruit scone and baked for 17 mins as when I checked at 12 mins they were not quite done may just be down to my oven.

alitighe's picture
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lovely and light

louisepakdel's picture
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Best scones I have ever made. I added some sultanas to the dry ingredients before mixing with the buttermilk.

dmtwuk's picture

How long do you warm up the buttermilk for?

bbctrish's picture
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Just made these and I'm a bit disappointed. They are too sweet for me and the vanilla is overpowering. The texture is also a bit chewy - not as light as my usual recipe. However, I did forget to warm the buttermilk and so may have overworked the dough to incorporate the ingredients. I am going to try them again with less sugar and vanilla and will remember to warm the buttermilk. Hopefully that will ensure some more stars.

despinamina's picture
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just took them out of the oven and have devoured 3 with clotted cream and apricot jam!! YUM!

sammymurd2905's picture

Before I try this receipe at the weekend, can anyone say whether half sugar is the way to go or how much to reduce it by?

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