Monday, 29 December 2008

Buttermilk scones

buttermilk scone

buttermilk scone

I made these scones today, they are quite light and cakey because of the buttermilk. I used a Rachel Allen recipe from my new Rachel Allen: Bake.


500g light Italian or plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 heaped tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp sea salt
125g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
25g caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
275ml buttermilk or milk, plus extra for the egg wash
50g caster or granulated sugar, (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7.

2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and salt into a large bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix well.

3. Set aside about a third of the beaten egg and combine the rest with the buttermilk, then add to the flour mixture and mix briefly to combine into a moist dough. Place on a lightly floured work surface and knead ever so slightly to bring together, then press or roll out to a thickness of 2cm.

4. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut out approximately 12 scones and place on a floured baking tray.

5. Add about a teaspoon or so of buttermilk to the remainder of the beaten egg to make an egg wash. Brush the scones with the egg wash (and dip the tops in sugar if you wish) and bake in the oven for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve while hot.

However, because I am still not feeling 100% I forgot to put the 25g sugar in! So they are kind of savoury scones...yet nice with jam on. I put the sugar on the top though which gave it a nice crunch. I also accidentally burnt 3 of them - oops. Still, they were tasty and would be even nicer with the sugar added! Hehe


  1. Mmmmm, those look wonderful!


  2. Mmm they look good, I've never made scones before, I may try this!

  3. Those look ridiculously delicious - I shall have to brave the kitchen and try make them! :) Glad your Christmas was good!

  4. oh gosh. that looks so good. i haven't had scones for the longest time!!


  5. yum! scones are so great! & thank you miss, you have just reminded me that i must pick up some decent jam on my way home... jam i have at the moment is ridiculously sweet & sickly.

  6. thank you very much :)
    oh and I definitely recommend them, so comfy and warm!!

    ooh and those scones look gorgeous <3
    and the shoes from the previous post = yum!!




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