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Buttermilk Scones on a tray with jam
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4.96 from 21 votes

Basic Buttermilk Scones

These Basic Buttermilk Scones are so simple to pull together in a short time. They bake up super tender and absolutely delicious. They are the perfect canvas for butter, jam and any other topping you want to serve for breakfast or tea.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, European
Servings: 8 scones
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Trang


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 oz unsalted butter - cubed & cold
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder to a medium mixing bowl and mix to combine.
  • Toss the cubed butter in the flour mixture and work it into the flour with the tip of your fingers until about large pea size.
  • In a measuring cup, add buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid mixture, reserving about 1 1/2 tablespoons to use as egg wash.
  • Fold with a spatula or wooden spoon until a wet dough forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board, fold it over itself a few times, and shape into a circle about 1” thick.
  • Cut into 8 scones.
  • Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet, brush the top and sides with the reserved egg wash, and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake for 19 - 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool completely on a wire rack.


Serving: 85g | Calories: 276kcal