Buttermilk Scones

Last weekend on the family trip to Stratford, Ontario, we stayed overnight not in a B&B but in a small rental cottage-like house. Since the house didn’t come with someone to make breakfast, I decided to take over the kitchen for the morning, and did a breakfast which turned into a sort of extended brunch experience. Part 1 was two kinds of scones with fruit salad to go with it, and Part 2 was a vegetable fritatta with oven-baked potatoes and salad greens on the side. It was all, shall we say, delicious.

Sadly I have mis-placed my source for the fritatta recipe, but I am happy to share the scone recipes with you as they are an amalgam of 3 or 4 ones I found online. Be warned, though, once you make them you’ll want them every day…

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Savoury Buttermilk Scones with Cheese

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Mix 1st 4 dry ingredients in a bowl, using fork or fingers.
Add cold butter (in small pieces), and work into the dry mixture using fingers, until the butter is worked in – combined mixture is slightly sandy/pebbly texture.
Add shredded cheese, mix in with fingers.
Add buttermilk, mixing with fork then with fingers. Work the dough gently (don’t knead it or over-do it, just work it together with your hands) until it all holds together well. Adjust with teaspoonfuls of flour or buttermilk if too dry/wet, as necessary.

Divide dough into 2 parts. You can do 2 circles and then slice into wedges, or as I did above and do 2 long rectangles and then cut into slices. Place the pieces on a greased baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 18-20 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake.

Cool on wire rack, brush tops with melted butter if desired.

Sweet Buttermilk Scones with Cranberry and Orange

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter
large handful dried cranberries
zest of 1 orange
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Mix 1st 5 dry ingredients in a bowl, using fork or fingers.
Add cold butter (in small pieces), and work into the dry mixture using fingers, until the butter is worked in – combined mixture is slightly sandy/pebbly texture.
Add dried cranberries and zest, mix in with fingers.
Add buttermilk, mixing with fork then with fingers. Work the dough gently (don’t knead it or over-do it, just work it together with your hands) until it all holds together well. Adjust with teaspoonfuls of flour or buttermilk if too dry/wet, as necessary.

Divide dough into 2 parts. You can do 2 circles and then slice into wedges, or as I did above and do 2 long rectangles and then cut into slices. Place the pieces on a greased baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 18-20 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake.

Cool on wire rack, brush tops with melted butter if desired, then dust with sugar. (I am itching to drizzle them with a bit of icing, actually, but I worry that might go too far for breakfast food. Hmm.)

Enjoy as needed!

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17 responses to “Buttermilk Scones

  1. kateohkatie

    Mmm….those look fantastic! :-)

    For the mixing, do you have to use your fingers? Mind you, I’m not adverse to that or anything–I just have a pastry cutter which I tend to favor for such tasks. Would that work OK?

  2. Mmm… these look fabulous! I love scones made with buttermilk rather than cream. Thanks for sharing the recipes. As soon as the temps go below the 90s I’ll give them a try.

  3. Ahh I was just looking for scone recipes. They look delicious :D

  4. Mmmmmm, cupcakes and now scones? Yum! Thank you!

  5. McAmy

    My apartment did not come with somebody to cook breakfast. Wanna come over? :D

  6. You are KILLING me. I literally just got back from a run and nothing in the world sounds better than scones.

  7. Elizabeth in Apex, NC

    Ooohhh, yummy. I love scones. I have tried several ‘scone’ recipes, none of which actually made ‘scones.’ I am really excited to try these this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

  8. ladyoctavia

    yummmmmm

  9. I love scones: we have them for morning and afternoon tea, and when they are a liitle stale, we toast them for supper!! Thanks for the recipe and I have to say that I have a picture of 2 kinds of scones sitting on my camera waiting to be recipe-ed on my blog too!!! Great Minds!!!!!

  10. Yum!!! I will definitely be making these in the near future. Thanks for sharing the recipes. :)

  11. Lin

    Yum! Thank you for that recipe, it will be a great one for the kids on a rainy day too.

  12. scones have to be one of my favorite breakfast treats! i have never made savory ones, but the buttermilk version sounds yummy!

  13. Em

    Mmmm…Scones! thanks for reminding me that they are easy to make and can be made both savoury and sweet.

  14. I have half a carton of buttermilk kicking around the fridge, and I’ve been wondering what to do with it- I think your scone recipe is in order!

  15. Oh, those scones look just fabulous – I’ll have to make some, and soon!

  16. Ann

    The scones look yummy & I do like scones – will have to give your recipe a try. Thanks.