Fluffy Buttermilk Scones

Fluffy Buttermilk Scones - simple, lightly sweetened scones, perfect with butter and jam on a lazy morning. |
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Simple, lightly sweet, fluffy buttermilk scones - a perfect breakfast treat or afternoon snack with a bit of butter and jam.

  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones 1x


  • 11 5/8 ounces (2 3/4 cup, spoon and level) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) salted butter, frozen and cubed
  • 8 1/2 ounces (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten, for brushing


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until the pieces are small and the mixture is coarse. Add the buttermilk in two parts, folding just until no liquid remains isolated in the bowl, but the dough has not yet fully come together.
  3. Turn the mixture out onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and lightly knead into a soft dough, being careful not to overwork.* Pat into a 1" thick round and freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Use the parchment to lift the dough from the baking sheet, and line baking sheet with a clean piece of parchment.
  5. Use a 2 1/2" round biscuit/cookie cutter to cut the dough into individual rounds. Lightly knead together remaining scraps, pat into a 1" thick circle again, and cut remaining scones. Use the last bit of scraps to form the final scone.
  6. Space scones apart on the prepared baking sheet and brush tops with egg. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  7. These, like most scones, are best served warm the day they're made (especially with butter and jam), but any leftovers can be stored in a zip-top bag or airtight container and kept at room temperature for a few days. Scones can be reheated in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before serving.


*It will take a bit of time to bring all the dough together, but if it seems too dry to come together, you can add a bit more buttermilk.