Buttermilk scones

Buttermilk scones

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(46 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 450g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 100g cold butter, diced
    Butter

    Butter

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    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

    Buttermilk

    buh-ter-mill-k

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

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • splash of milk

    Milk

    mill-k

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

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.

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janehempenius
12th Jun, 2010
5.05
Since I can't get buttermilk over here, I used low fat natural yoghurt with a squeeze of lemon juice instead. It turned out wonderful. The best scone recipe I've ever tried.
eleanormayo
7th Jun, 2010
5.05
I made the Strawberry Scone Cake at the weekend for pudding and whilst the dough was very wet, the whole thing turned out beautifully. It might slightly defeat the point, but I could not get buttermilk so used sour cream with a squeeze of lemon juice. The finished pud had a delicious vanilla flavour and I would definitely make again.
alterego33
30th May, 2010
5.05
I have never had any luck making scones. This recipe is excellent I have used it three times now and each time the scones came out light and fluffy. Last time I split the dough and added chopped cherries to one half and sultanas to the other.

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