Buttermilk scones

Buttermilk scones

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(46 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
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 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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1st Feb, 2015
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.
28th Aug, 2014
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.
24th Aug, 2014
Made these, so easy and tasty. Will definitely be making this again. Shared with our neighbours and went down a treat
8th Aug, 2014
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!!!
24th Jul, 2014
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
30th Apr, 2014
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.
5th Dec, 2013
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.
17th Nov, 2013
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.
9th Nov, 2013
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?
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Shirley Valentine
26th Feb, 2015
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.


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