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There is just something about buttermilk that helps us to be better bakers. We just find that if a baking recipe contains buttermilk, it does not flop. Or very seldom … Here is an easy scone recipe, using buttermilk.

Buttermilk Scones


  • 4 x 250 ml cake flour
  • 30 ml baking powder
  • 3 ml salt
  • 125 g cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 65 ml sugar
  • 250 ml buttermilk
  • 1 jumbo egg
  • optional: an egg wash - made by beating 1 egg with a little milk


Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture. Don’t process the mixture in a machine or overwork it; the mixture should look like uneven bread crumbs. Lightly stir in the sugar.

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and jumbo egg and add to the flour mixture. With a round-bladed knife, ‘draw’ and ‘pull’ the dry mixture into the wet mixture until you have soft dough. You may need to add a sprinkling of water or flour to achieve this but do not over-work the dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently press it out by hand until about 3 cm thick. Press out scones with a 6 cm cookie cutter and place onto a baking tray (or trays) lined with baking paper. Leave about 2 cm between each scone. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash, if using or dust with a little flour.

Bake in an oven preheated to 200º C for 15 – 20 minutes until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a scone comes out clean. Remove the scones from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Serve with butter, jam and whipped cream or grated cheddar cheese.

Yields about 20 medium scones.