Buttermilk Scones

6 Apr

Pretty much every time we have homemade soup, which is pretty much once a week in the winter/rainy months, we also have scones.

I love scones because I don’t have to plan ahead – they can be whipped up in 15 minutes, don’t need any rising time, and cook in only 20 minutes.  Ideal for when you have to stand nearby to stir or add things to your soup anyways!

This is my favorite scone recipe, adapted slightly from Canadian Living‘s Best Buttermilk Scones, and they can be made with absolutely any combination that strikes your fancy.  I tend to put my flavours right on top once the scones are made and about to go into the oven since then I’m not limited to one flavour for a whole batch, but you could definitely mix things right into the batter too if you’re a more decisive type.  I’d recommend still saving some of the goodies for the top, since you always seem to taste it a bit more that way, whether it’s raspberries, dried fruit, lemon rind, poppyseeds, bacon bits and tomatoes, herbs and cheese…plus it will look extra pretty.

This time I went with Italian herb and cheese and raspberry white chocolate. Can you tell I used frozen raspberries…they like to make all things pink.  Normally I also melt white chocolate or whip up some icing to top the fruit scones, but since I intended to eat them for breakfast I held off.  It was a rare moment of self restraint.


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or substitute 1 cup for whole wheat flour)

1 tbsp granulated sugar

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk  (I never have buttermilk…you can sour milk by putting 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring                                       cup and filling to 1 cup mark with regular milk, or you can just use sour cream, which I always do.)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line large rimless baking sheet with parchment paper or dust with flour and set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Using pastry blender or your hands, cut in butter until crumbly.

In separate bowl, whisk egg with buttermilk and pour over flour mixture.  Sprinkle in any additions, up to about 1 1/4 cups of extra goodness.  Stir with a fork to make soft, ragged dough. With lightly floured hands, press dough into a ball and turn onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead gently 10 times.  Pat/stretch into a 10×7″ rectangle, straightening edges as much as possible.

Cut rectangle into 6 squares, then cut each square diagonally in half to make 12 triangles.  Place on prepared pan and add any toppings you want.

Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until golden.  Serve warm or transfer to rack to cool.  Freeze leftovers and reheat as needed.

6 Responses to “Buttermilk Scones”

  1. Mrs. M. also known as Nancy :) April 6, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Ahh, quit making me salivate :o) they look soo yummy and I love, love,love scones but never get them :o(

  2. Irene April 6, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    mmmm…I love scones, too. You’re inspiring me to whip up my own batch!:)

  3. Sara April 6, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Thanks! I have a biscuit recipe but it takes too long. This one looks perfect!

  4. Joni April 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    I think my love-hate relationship with your blog has hit an all time high. You seriously get to eat chocolate for breakfast? I want your genes! 🙂
    So I took the plunge and made the Italian herb and cheese ones today and it was so yummy and would consider it a success (besides the fact Jaimee got a hold of the 1 cup of sour milk and decided to take a shower with it – yuck, does that stink)
    Thanks for sharing this receipe.

  5. Kim Kampen April 7, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Between work and home I now make so many scones I have a callous from cutting in the butter…I wish I was kidding. I love this recipe, but may I suggest 2 tbsp. of sugar in the sweet scones and leave the sugar out completely for the savoury ones. And if you really want them perfect, for ones like dried cranberry and white chocolate (a personal favorite of mine), top them off while warm with a drizzle of icing sugar mixed with just enough orange juice to make it drizzly. Or try cinnamon raisin and top them with a drizzle of icing sugar, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and just enough milk to make it drizzly. Trust me…I’m an expert 🙂

    • hiddenponies April 7, 2011 at 9:07 am #

      I personally always do the 1 tbsp of sugar since you don’t notice it in the savoury scones and it’s enough for the sweet ones…this works well when you want to make various options out of one batch 🙂 I’ll have to try a cinnamon version with that icing, though I may leave out the raisins 🙂

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