Buttermilk scones

Buttermilk scones

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(56 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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…


  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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sooz71's picture
28th Oct, 2012
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.
26th Oct, 2012
lovely and light
12th Apr, 2012
Best scones I have ever made. I added some sultanas to the dry ingredients before mixing with the buttermilk.
5th Apr, 2012
How long do you warm up the buttermilk for?
4th Apr, 2012
Just made these and I'm a bit disappointed. They are too sweet for me and the vanilla is overpowering. The texture is also a bit chewy - not as light as my usual recipe. However, I did forget to warm the buttermilk and so may have overworked the dough to incorporate the ingredients. I am going to try them again with less sugar and vanilla and will remember to warm the buttermilk. Hopefully that will ensure some more stars.
2nd Apr, 2012
just took them out of the oven and have devoured 3 with clotted cream and apricot jam!! YUM!
29th Mar, 2012
Before I try this receipe at the weekend, can anyone say whether half sugar is the way to go or how much to reduce it by?
7th Feb, 2012
These really shouldn't have worked for me cos I only had plain flour so substituted and added baking powder , forgot to heat the buttermilk and messed with it a bit more and added cinnamon and raisins but they were delicious.
4th Feb, 2012
Only made these to use up some buttermilk that was going out of date but boy am I glad I did!! Easy peasy! Didn't have any self raising flour so substituted with the same amount of plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda and an extra pinch of salt.
28th Nov, 2011
Amazing scones, the best I have ever made!


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