Buttermilk scones being spread with topping

Basic buttermilk scones

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Makes 16

These savoury scones are perfect with potted fish. Make early in the day then warm before serving, for the best results

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: nutrition per scone

  • kcal118
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 350g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • a good pinch of salt
  • 85g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 284ml carton buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



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


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7/fan 200C. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl. Add the butter, cut into small pieces and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  2. Tip in the buttermilk and mix lightly and quickly to form a soft dough. Knead very briefly, then roll out to 2cm thickness and cut into sixteen 5cm rounds.

  3. Put on a baking sheet (no need to grease) a little apart, and bake for 12-15 minutes, until risen and pale golden.

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18th Jun, 2016
I made these scones today and added black olives (cut up), cayenne pepper and grated cheese (mature cheddar) after I had rubbed the mixture into fine breadcrumbs.. I then dusted with a bit of buttermilk and parmesan cheese. Yum!
3rd Jul, 2014
Read the reviews about this recipe and tried it for first time today. Haven't had much succes with other ones but that may be because where I live there is no such thing as self raising flour so its been trial and error with the amount of BP. I also found I needed all the butter milk and only change I made was that I put a little vanilla essence in the buttermilk. They were absolutely delicious especially warm with lots of butter. I had 3!!!!!!! Thanks for a great recipe.
18th Jun, 2016
Plain flour and baking powder works just as well.
11th Mar, 2013
Buttermilk is a thick bitter milk that has cultures in it. You can get it in most supermarkets in the Milk coolers. You can substitute with half yogurt- half milk Kefir works too
30th Mar, 2012
I make these often and freeze half for later. although they are savoury they go well with jam or marmalade but are ideal with cheese.
10th Jan, 2012
giving one star on this one. the mix was very very wet when I added the buttermilk. I thought it looked wrong but this needed to have more flour and other ingredients for that amount of milk. very disappointed so will be going back to my tried and trusted odlums.ie recipe from now on
6th Jul, 2010
Served these with the potted fresh and smoked salmon as suggested at a party for my parents birthday. Made in the morning and reheated just before serving - really delicious
4th Jun, 2010
can i ask what is buttermilk and where can i buy it
21st Apr, 2010
Love these scones, they always turn out well. I usually have to add some sultanas though as everyone prefers them in!
18th Jun, 2016
Cherries are a good option as well!


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15th Apr, 2016
As buttermilk isn't a fridge staple you could try making your own using lemon juice or white vinegar to split your usual milk (probably not with skimmed milk). Add 1 tablespoon acidifier of choice to 16tablespoons milk, wait 5 minutes.
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