Cherry scones

Cherry scones

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 12-15
Sweeten up your scones with this easy recipe - ideal for a posh afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal218
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.72g
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  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 1 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-…

  • 100g cold butter, diced



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

  • 2 tbsp 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 tbsp milk



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

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g glacé cherry, chopped
  • clotted cream and cherry or strawberry jam, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put the flour, ½ tsp salt, bicarb and butter into a bowl and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar.

  2. Quickly mix in the buttermilk, a splash of milk, vanilla and cherries and bring together to form a soft dough. Press out onto a lightly floured surface, to about 3cm thick. Cut out with 5cm cutters.

  3. Transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet, brush with the remaining milk and bake for 12-15 mins until golden and well risen. Serve with clotted cream and jam.

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28th Jun, 2013
9th Jun, 2013
I added a small bag of mixed dried cherries and cranberries. They were the best scones I have ever made!
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9th Jun, 2013
Ended up with 27, using a 3 cm cutter. Even with a reduced cooking time found them a touch dry, but slathering them in cream and jam solved that!
31st May, 2013
Review below
31st May, 2013
I've made these twice now and they just got better. Second time, I couldn't get buttermilk so I mixed 1/2 Greek yoghurt with 1/2 milk which worked just as well. I also added an extra tbsp of sugar for extra sweetness. Next time, I'm going to do them with sultanas and a little cinnamon.
3rd Apr, 2013
could you use other fruit? would they have to be fresh or would frozen berries be ok? newbie baker!
22nd Mar, 2013
The reviews for these scones are spot on - just made a batch with double cherries and double sugar and have to say they are the best I've ever tasted. Also used a slightly larger cutter and baked for the full time. Even more delicious with cherry jam and clotted cream!
21st Feb, 2013
Lovely, really easy and delish. Best scone recipe I have used.
31st Jan, 2013
I added 1 beaten egg and 4 tbs spoons of caster suger.these were the biggest scones i have ever baked brill..........
28th Sep, 2012
I used half fat creme fraiche instead of buttermilk. They worked beautifully. Might put more cherries in next time though.


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