Buttermilk Scones

    30 mins

    This basic scone recipe can be adapted by adding chopped dried fruit or grated cheese.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 400g plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted
    • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
    • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 175g soft butter
    • 250ml buttermilk

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    2. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C .
    3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter and buttermilk; stir until a soft dough is formed.
    4. Sift dry ingredients in a bowl. Add room temperature butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture resembles dry breadcrumbs. Add buttermilk and mix. The dough will be a bit moist. Roll half the dough into a ball and flatten on floured surface. Cut into six pieces with a scone cutter or simply cut into wedges. Repeat with the remaining dough.
    5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press dough into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick and 4 inches wide. Cut into 8 even sized pieces.
    6. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. You can brush buttermilk on top and sprinkle with sugar before baking if desired.
    7. Place the scones on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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    Love anything with buttermilk. This recipe provides the basic scone which I dress up with grated lemon, dried fruits, etc.  -  31 Jan 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am a lover of scones, and these little goodies made my Sunday morning! I dropped them (about 2 Tbs. of batter) on cookie sheets instead of cutting. These are so good warm with butter and jam! Very light and tasty, too!  -  17 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a great recipe! Really quick and easy. However, I prefer to drop the scones onto the baking sheet by spoonfulls instead of cutting the scones out!  -  22 Jun 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)