Heavenly Buttermilk Scones

This scrumptious buttermilk scone recipe comes out the oven perfect every time, they are super simple to make, taking less then 15 minutes to bake.

Buttermilk Scones

Treat yourself to the perfect afternoon tea with these gorgeous, light, and fluffy buttermilk scones, which are ready in a flash! Well, not quite a flash, they do take 12 minutes in the oven, so perfect. If you’re short on time and need a tasty treat, our foolproof recipe ensures you’ll get light and fluffy scones every time.

Buttermilk Scones

Spread them with jam, butter, or clotted cream for a tasty treat any time of day. I sometimes even make them for breakfast. So don’t wait around, whip up a batch of these delicious buttermilk scones, and enjoy a traditional cream tea with all the trimmings.

Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions

Tips & tricks to baking the perfect Buttermilk Scones

No one wants dry, flat, or tough buttermilk scones! So here are a few handy tips for creating the perfect batch of scones every time.

  • Buttermilk is a key ingredient for any great scone recipe, as the buttermilk gives the scones a little lift by reacting with the bicarbonate of soda to produce carbon dioxide, while at the same time breaking down the gluten strands to give them a soft texture.
  • When making your scone dough, it’s best not to use a stand mixer but to use a spatula instead. Over-mixing your scone dough can make very dense and tough scones. Push the ingredients together slowly until it forms a soft sticky dough. Once you have made the dough and have turned it out onto a floured surface, don’t roll it; instead gently press the mixture to the desired thickness with your fingers.
  • Don’t over bake the scones, they will only need around 12 minutes in the oven or until they turn golden brown.
How To Make Buttermilk

How to make Buttermilk

Making buttermilk is a cinch! Simply add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk; stir it, and let it sit for five to minutes. Hay presto! You’ve got yourself some homemade buttermilk, perfect for pancakes, biscuits, and of course buttermilk scones.

Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions

How to serve Buttermilk Scones

There are two ways to serve up a scone, the Cornish way (jam first and cream on top) and the Devon way (cream first and a spoonful of jam on top). The scone debate has been going on for far too many years. Even the late Queen Elizabeth II once attempted to settle the ongoing debate about which way to serve a scone cream or jam first. She revealed in an interview that she eats her cream tea, the Cornish way, with jam first. But even an intervention from the Queen herself couldn’t put an end to the argument, and both counties still claim theirs is the right way. I say serve it however you like, both are equally delicious.

Buttermilk Scones

How to store Scones

Treat your homemade scones right and they’ll last 1-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also pop them in the fridge in an airtight container and they can survive up to a week. Just don’t expect them to be as moist as when they were freshly baked!

Buttermilk Scones

Buttermilk Scones

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Treat yourself to delicious and indulgent Buttermilk Scones! They're moist, buttery, and bursting with flavor; they are also easy to make and perfect with a cup of coffee.
4.3 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 12 Makes
Calories 299 kcal



  • First, preheat oven to 220°C / 200°C Fan
    Preheat oven 220 degrees
  • Into a mixing bowl add in your flour, baking soda, bicarbonate soda, and salt and give it a little stir.
    450 Grams Self-raising flour, 1 Teaspoon Baking powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda, 1 Pinch Salt
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Next, add in your margarine.
    175 Grams Margarine
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Rub the ingredients together using the tips of your fingers until it resembles tiny bread crumbs.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Add in the sugar and raisins and give them a mix.
    4 Tablespoons Caster Sugar, 100 Grams Raisins
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Form a well in the center of the ingredients with a spatula.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk together one egg and the buttermilk until well combined.
    150 Milliliters Buttermilk, 2 Medium Eggs
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Pour the egg and milk mixture into the well.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Using a spatula pull the mixture together, until it forms a slightly sticky and soft dough (do not over mix)
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Place the scone dough onto a floured work surface.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Pat the scone dough gently to form a thick dough that's around 3cm thick.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Using a round 7cm (2 ¾ ins) cookie cutter, cut out your scone shapes. Gather the dough trimmings together into a ball, and repeat the process until the dough is used up.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Place the scones onto a greased baking sheet.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Beat the second egg and brush the tops of your scones making sure to coat them evenly.
    2 Medium Eggs
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden brown.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Once cooked place on a wire rack to cool.
    Buttermilk Scones recipe instructions
  • Serve with jam and fresh cream.
    Buttermilk Scones


Tip & Tricks
If you don't have any buttermilk to hand you can easily make your own by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and stirring. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes and voila, you have buttermilk!
These scones are best eaten on the day but will last two to three days in an airtight container.


Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 583IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
Keyword buttermilk, buttermilk desserts, English tea, fresh cream, jam, scones
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These Buttermilk Scones are a must-try for any baking enthusiast looking to expand their repertoire. They’re light and fluffy, with a hint of sweetness, yet still have a pleasant tartness that helps to make them truly delicious. If you are planning an afternoon tea, why not add a few jam tarts to go with your scones, they are super simple to make and taste delicious.

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