Bake: Basic Buttermilk Scones

picture of buttermilk scones

Scones are so delicious - and easy to make! This is a recipe that can be used as a base for any scone flavor.

Buttermilk Scones

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 5 large scones

2 cups flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.25-0.5 cups sugar (depending on desired level of sweetness)
0.75 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
0.75 cup buttermilk
0.5 tsp vanilla (optional)

(1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees
(2) Mix dry ingredients
picture of dry ingredients
(3) Add wet ingredients
(4) Mix with a pastry blender, fork, or by hand, until butter is integrated
picture of mixing process

(5) Divide into equal segments on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
picture of divided, unbaked dough

(6) Brush tops of scones with buttermilk
picture of dough brushed with buttermilk
(7) Bake 15-20 minutes
picture of beautiful, golden brown scones

Notes: When making scones, always use cold butter. The buttermilk in this recipe can be replaced with heavy cream, if desired. These scones can be made savory, by adding herbs, cheese, or bacon. Or, you could make them sweet, by using the max amount of sugar and adding your favorite berries, jam, and/or chocolate chips. If adding chocolate chips, add an extra 0.25tsp salt and an extra tsp of baking powder.

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