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Best Buttermilk Scones Recipe UK

Best Buttermilk Scones

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword buttermilk scones recipe uk
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 8
Author Nicola Turner


  • 450 g self-raising flour plus some extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100 g butter as cold as possible
  • 85 g caster sugar
  • 280 ml buttermilk see note 1 if you want to make your own
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • An extra splash of milk for coating the tops of the scones


  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees celsius
  • Add the flour, salt, butter, and sugar to a food processor and pulse until a find crumb consistency is reached (you can also do this by hand by rubbing between your fingertips, but the food processor will keep the mixture cooler).
  • Gently heat the buttermilk in the microwave for 10 seconds, then stir in the vanilla extract into it to distribute easily. (keep a tablespoon back for brushing the scones)
  • Add the buttermilk into the dry mixture and mix to combine with only a few folds (do not overmix at this stage, or the scones will not rise and will become hard).
  • Lightly flour your work surface and tip the mixture onto it.
  • Push the mixture together until smoother and make around 3 cm thick
  • Use a glass or a 4 - 5cm dough cutter to cut the scones out of the dough, then place each scone onto a non-stick baking sheet (using the smooth side of the cutter will allow for better rising).
  • Push the dough back together quickly each time until you have used it all up.
  • Mix the remaining buttermilk with a splash of milk (approx 2 tablespoons), then brush over the top of the scones before baking
  • Place in the preheated oven centre for 11-12 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Allow cooling before slicing in half and spreading with butter or jam or the infamous clotted cream if you please.


Note: If you don?t have buttermilk, you can improvise by using the milk. Simply use the same milk measure, add a teaspoon of lemon and stir to combine, and then allow 30 minutes to pass before using.