Buttermilk scones

Buttermilk scones

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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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17th Mar, 2011
Worked for me too! They were lovely! Read all the comments before I made them. I too reduced the amount of sugar and next time I would add a small amount of baking powder, but overall really pleased with the results
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8th Mar, 2011
Certainly worked for me ! These were lovely. Read all the comments first. I decided to add sultanas, I also added a tsp baking powder and reduced the sugar a bit. All I can say to those who had problems with the scones not rising is to work lightly and quickly once the warm buttermilk is added. Don't squash the dough flat or use a rolling pin, and get them in the oven straight away. I could almost see the dough rising in front of my eyes after mixing in the warm buttermilk. The added vanilla was a nice touch too.
25th Feb, 2011
This didn't work for me. The scones never cooked through - despite leaving them in for another 10 minutes. Not sure why it didn't work - new scales, plenty of experience baking.
5th Feb, 2011
Really good recipe but a bit too sweet. Will use less sugar next time. I also used extra baking powder and they came out really light and fluffy. My 11yr old raved about them.
15th Nov, 2010
Although these tasted nice, they didn't rise at all. I followed the recipe to the letter - anyone got any ideas what could have gone wrong?
26th Aug, 2010
Made these by hand. Can't get buttermilk here but I used the whey left from the Yorkshire Curd Tart mixed with couple of spoonfuls of greek yogurt. Turned out perfectly and were still nice the next day unlike some recipes which can be dry.
19th Jul, 2010
They came out great but the dough was just too wet to handle in the mixing stage - next time I'm gonna add 50g of flour extra to begin with.
2nd Nov, 2013
Ditto - but worse. I used a Mary Berry version of this recipe which added 2 large beaten eggs. I got batter rather than dough, and had to add huge amounts of flour to get a dough I could work with. That said, even so the scones tasted great. I wonder if the recipe should actually say "add liquid to make a stiff dough, then stop adding liquid"? That's what I'll do next time (I think the eggs added to the flavour). Lots of people saying this recipe is too easy - but why should it be hard to be good? This is 'peasant' food - an easy way to make something quick and tasty.
11th Jul, 2010
This scone recipe is great! I've struggled for years trying to find a satisfying one and now the search has finally ended!!! I'm very happy with it. It's really simple to make and the result is fab. I didn't have self-raising flour so I substituted it for normal flour and added 1 tsp of baking powder; didn't use the vanilla and added some raisins - delicious! Thanks Good Food!!!
14th Jun, 2010
Fantastic. Came out brilliant. And it was really easy to make. Thanks Good Food


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