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Buttermilk Scones

Bitten by the scone bug, I set off to surf the net and look for more tips and recipes on scone making.  I chance upon this recipe from  Do what I like.  In her post, Florence has generously shared some valuable tips re the fine points of scone making and I find that the scones made with buttermilk are light with a tender crumb and a wee bit buttery.

I stumbled upon this site as well.  Do check it out if you want to learn more about the final touches of scone making.  Another tip is to just ease open the warm scone with your fingers as cutting it up with a knife will spoil the crumbly texture of the scone. 

Recipe for Buttermilk Scones  (adapted from Buttermilk scones from Do what I like blog)


  • 200 gm self-raising flour, sifted 3 times
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 50 gm cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 150 ml buttermilk  (low fat milk + 2 tsp lemon/lime juice)
  • Milk for glazing
  1. Make buttermilk by adding 2 tsp of lemon juice to 150 ml low fat milk.  Let stand for 30mins.
  2. Sieve flour thrice into a mixing bowl.  Stir in the salt, mix well.
  3. Add in the cold butter cubes and rub in with your finger tips till it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the sugar.  Make a well in the centre of the mixture.
  5. Pour in the milk, hold back a little lest the mixture becomes too runny.
  6. Stir to mix with a pair of chopsticks.  Do not overmix, as overmixing will toughen the scones.  Dough should be sticky.  If dough is too dry, add in a bit more milk.
  7. Transfer the dough onto a slightly floured worktop.  Lightly pat the dough to 2 cm thick and cut with a  flour dusted 5.5 cm cutter.  Press cutter firmly into the dough.  Do not twist.
  8. Arrange the scones side by side slightly touching each other on a parchment lined baking tray.
  9. Glaze the scones with some milk.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven @ 220 deg C for 13 to 15 mins.  Scones are cooked when they have risen and begin to separate in the middle and a little brown on top.
  11. Transfer the scones onto a wire rack to cool.
  12. Serve warm scones with jam, butter, cream or any of your favourite spread.
  13. Makes 5 scones.

I'm linking this post  with Bake-Along # 27 hosted by Joyce, Lena and Zoe.


  1. Your scones look buttery, light and delicious! Thank you for baking-along with us, it's great to have you joining in!
    Have a great week!

  2. Cheah,
    Your scones are DELISH!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, will hop over to yours soon!

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  4. You just reminded me - I have book marked one from Wendy's blog and I still havent got a chance to do. So many goodies superseding one after another ... Looks very buttery ... nice to have it with freshly brewed coffee or tea!

    1. Yes, I too have a long list that never seems to end.

  5. hi Cheah, your scones is just beautiful!
    Florence's recipes are usually reliable :)

    1. Thank you. Yes, I do agree with you that Florence's recipes are reliable.

  6. i do hear good reviews of using buttermilk in scones tho i've yet to try making scones with buttermilk. Nice texture, Cheah! Thanks for another wonderful scone recipe and really glad that you're joining us for the first time!

    1. You're welcome, Lena. Buttermilk does make a difference.

  7. Yea, I think the buttermilk will give it a more light texture. I have one on my to do list and still have not done list is getting longer having cut a few queues haha :) so the scone has gone down a few steps :) but looking at yours makes me want to make them too !

    1. Yes, join in the fun, should not be a problem to you.

  8. Hi, dropping in through the Bake Away. Your scones look lovely. I love to use buttermilk in my bakes too... it really gives a wonderful texture.

    1. Thanks for dropping by. Will hop over to yours soon......

  9. I love scones and always enjoy to have it for my afternoon tea...with loads of butter & jam. Slurppp...
    Hope you're enjoying your evening, Cheah.
    Sleep Tight!

    1. Ya, I like it warm with just a thin layer of jam. You have a grea weekend ahead!

  10. I love making scones. The buttermilk scones look lovely. The buttermilk looks like it made them nice and light.

    1. Yes, buttermilk does make a difference and thanks for dropping by!

  11. Happy to have you baking along with us! Your scones looks very fluffy. Like you, I'm also a big fan of buttermilk scones.

    1. So happens I also made scones again and in time to join in your Bake along!

  12. Your buttermilk scones looks really fluffy and delicious! Will try this recipe one day when I have a yearning for scones:)

  13. I just baked these! But i'm not sure why it took me about an hour for the scones to brown at the top. Nonetheless, it was really fragrant and yummmyyyy! Thank you so much! :)


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