Buttermilk scones

Buttermilk scones

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 10 -12
Afternoon tea just wouldn't be the same without warm scones straight from the oven

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal229
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 450g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 100g cold butter, diced



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

  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 284ml pot buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • splash of milk



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


  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.

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Comments (45)

KazL_aka_Red's picture

What a wonderful recipe. I have flunked with scones before but these are lovely. Thank you of the tips in the recipe like cold butter and work quickly and lightly. I added dried cranberries to mine to jazz them up. I only made these because I had a pot of buttermilk left from another recipe. Thumbs up!

clintandcarly's picture

Excellent scones, very light and super tasty. Easy least to make too in no time at all

Lemoni's picture

Made scones for the first time today. I only had plain flour to which I added half a teaspoon of salt and two teaspoons of bi-carbonate of soda. I reduced the sugar to 25 gms after seeing what other readers said about it being too sweet. As I have a lousy oven I had to cook them for 20 mins. I was impressed with the scones. They were big and fluffy!

JimD_Cambridge's picture

Came out perfectly - big and fluffy - despite the fact that I had no self-raising flour (hint: 2 tsp of baking powder per 150g plain flour). I did add a large handful of sultanas and a teaspoon of mixed spice to give them more of a flavour.

susieone's picture

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?

Shirley Valentine's picture

Too much liquid and therefore a wet dough by the sounds of it. Probably better to add a little at a time rather than all at once and also hold some back as you don't always need the full amount of liquid. Glad they tasted okay though, that's the main thing.

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

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

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

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

lovely and light


Questions (2)

lilacheart's picture

Can you freeze the scones once they are baked?

Hay653's picture

How many days will they be fine for , it's Friday today and have an event on Sunday , of which I want the scones for. Also can you freeze and defrost thanks

Tips (3)

JimD_Cambridge's picture

If you don't have self-raising flour, use 2 tsp on baking powder per 150g of plain flour, instead

JimD_Cambridge's picture

Add a handful of sultanas and a teaspoon of mixed spice to jazz these up! :-)

willow987's picture

Wonderful recipe have used again and again.
I do however reduce the amount of sugar as the sweetness and flavours should come from the Jam and cream (personal pref of a Devonshire dumpling sorry), but would have to say the secret to success is to keep everything as cold as possible.
Put all dry ingredients and butter in to a bag in the freezer or fridge an hour or the night before making. Do NOT warm the buttermilk !
When ready to make tip all in to food processor or bowl pulse couple of time or mix just enough until it is starting to come together you should still be able to see lumps of butter, tip out on to a lightly floured work surface working quickly * FOLD gently (with the aid of a dough scrapper if you have one or the blunt side of a knife), do not pat, do not roll,dip cutter or knife in flour to avoid dough sticking do not twist cutter or pull knife (this will result in scones not rising to the occasion) cut in to desired shape place on baking tray and bake just above middle shelf (Scones like it hot)
Result should be light fluffy Scones !!
If you want to add fruit simply fold in at the same time at this point *

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