Soft and delicious, these fluffy buttermilk scones are quick and simple to make. An easy plain scones recipe that can be made for morning or afternoon tea when you have unexpected guests.
About This Recipe
- They are quick and easy to make.
- You only need 6 ingredients to make these scones.
- Makes about 16 scones.
Serve these at tea parties, bridal showers, baby showers, Mother’s day or as a simple dessert with jam and freshly whipped cream.
Or, spoil someone special with a delicious morning or afternoon tea of freshly baked scones with jam and cream.
Step By Step Instructions
1. Into a large mixing bowl place all the dry ingredients. Cut the cold butter into tiny cubes and add to the dry ingredients. Use your finger tips to rub and breakdown the butter into the flour.
2. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients.
3 & 4. Use a knife to mix the buttermilk and flour together to from a soft sticky dough.
5. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured bench. Gently, but lightly knead the dough, only until it just comes together.
You don’t want to over knead the dough. If you do, the scones will turn out tough.
6. Use your hands (or a rolling pin) to press (or roll) the dough out to a 2 cm thickness.
7. Use a round 5 cm cutter to cut as many rounds as you can. Place these cut rounds onto a prepared baking tray. Scrape together the remaining dough and lightly and gently knead back together. Then roll out to a 2 cm thickness, and cut out the remain rounds.
8. Lighty brush the tops of the scones with buttermilk before placing in the oven.
Tips And Frequently Asked Questions
Can I freeze buttermilk scones?
Yes, these can be frozen either baked or unbaked.
To freeze unbaked
Place the uncooked buttermilk scones on a tray lined with baking paper, (spaced well apart) and freeze until solid. Once they are solid transfer them a freezer bag or an air container for up to 4 months. Bake the scones while they are still frozen, at the temperature stated in the recipe, adding 3-5 minutes to the baking time.
To freeze baked
Allow the baked buttermilk scones to cool completely before placing into a freezer bag or an air tight container. Defrost the scones at room temperature before warming in a preheated 150°C oven for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, you can warm them in the microwave, for about 20-30 seconds – but not for too long, otherwise they will dry out.
How long will these scones last?
These buttermilk scones are best eaten the day they are made. They become dry the next day.
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Easy Buttermilk Scone Recipe
- round cookie cutter 5 cm (1.9 inch) in diameter
- 375 grams plain flour
- 2 level teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 30 grams butter cold and cut into tiny pieces
- 310 mls 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease and line the base of a deep 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch) cake tin.
- Sift the flour and baking powder together into a large mixing bowl with the sugar, salt and butter.
- Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour.
- Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the buttermilk.
- Use a knife, to cut the buttermilk into the flour, until it forms a soft sticky dough.
- Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work bench and quickly and gently knead until smooth.
- Use your hand (or rolling pin) to press the dough out to an even 2 cm thickness.
- Use a 5 cm cookie cutter to cut out as many scones as you can. Place each cut scone into the prepared tin, so that they just touch.
- Scrape the remaining dough together and repeat the pressing and cutting again.
- Brush the tops with a little buttermilk.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown.
- Remove from the oven. Allow to cool slightly before serving warm with butter or jam and cream.
This buttermilk scones recipe was first published on May 4, 2019. Updated on April 29, 2020 with new images and content.
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Pocket Food Facts
Did You Know?
One cup of buttermilk contains 2.2 grams of fat. Whereas, one cup of milk contains 9 grams of fat. Read more here.