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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19th Jul, 2012
Really loved this recipe! Light and fluffy and just the right size! I added extra cherries though! Also a handy hint if you dont have buttermilk you can use 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar mixed with a cup of milk and leave to sit for 5 minutes, works perfectly! Hope this helps :)
5th Jun, 2012
these were so easy to make, took a little longer to cook, but were lovely, hubbie said they were better than his Mums !!!!
26th May, 2012
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26th May, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous! Will make these again and again 10 out of 10
4th Apr, 2012
I had a bit of a disaster in that I put all the milk in the mix which then turned up too moist so fell over when baking :-/ Also used "Taste the difference" vanilla essence which overpowered everything else. That said, they did still turn out fluffy and lovely. Right amount of sugar for me too. Agree with Yakman, I'd go for larger cutter next time, these turned out quite mini.
18th Jan, 2012
Added some almonds as I think they go well with cherries. Lovely scones but will add more sugar next time.
26th Dec, 2011
Light and fluffy, puffed up like Yorkshires! Will go for a larger cutter and fewer scones next time but they taste delicious!
3rd Nov, 2011
I made these scones but I put sultananas in instead of cherry's as he prefers them it is a great recipe and I will be making it again as my husband thought that they were better and lighter than the recipe that I always use.
21st Aug, 2011
I tried this recipe yesterday and was initially amazed at how much flour is in it. I didn't have buttermilk, so I used a roughly equivalent amount of leftover plain yoghurt and creme fraiche. And these scones are the best I've ever made! (I also took on board another comment and added an extra spoonful of sugar.) I'd thoroughly recommend them. They came out very light indeed. I'll be making them again.
24th Jul, 2011
Light fluffy scones, very tasty!


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