Buttermilk Scones- TWD

Growing up on a steady diet of Enid Blyton’s books, I can at least say that I have heard/read about scones. Reading (no sorry….devouring!!) her stories, I was exposed to many exotic- sounding (to me) foods- treacle puddings, ginger beer, sausages, jam tarts to name a few. And of course….scones! These were invariably served with tea. I could only imagine what these looked and tasted like.

When I started baking, it never struck me that I could also make scones. That is till now, when the Tuesdays with Dorie group decided to bake buttermilk scones.

Scone closeupScones are a form of quick bread. The leavening (rising) agent is not yeast but baking powder, so there is no fermentation period.

Scone are also surprisingly easy and quick to make. These came together in 10 minutes!!

The secret to a good scone is to handle the dough as less as possible. As Jamie Oliver puts it “brilliant scones are about having the confidence to do as little as possible”.

For these scones:

I made half the recipe and used 1 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. I also used the zest of an orange.

For the buttermilk, I used 1/2 cup – 2 tbsps of home-made yogurt and 2 tbsps water.

We had a choice with the shaping- either rolled or wedges. I just patted them into a circle and cut them into 6 wedges (next time will make 8 to get smaller servings) as that needed minimal effort and no worrying about scrap dough (I’m plain lazy and if there is an easier way, why not?). You could also cut them into the classic round shape with a cookie cutter.

Scones cutI  brushed them with buttermilk instead of butter (my guilt conscience kicked in).

I placed them close together to bake so they rose higher. After 15 minutes, I moved them apart so that the sides could crisp up.

The baking time was way off for my oven…..I baked them for 20 minutes and then placed them under the oven broiler/grill for a couple of minutes to brown on top. In the original recipe the baking time is 10-12 minutes.

Scone with jamThe acid test…..will they live up to my imagination? Or….? My first bite and I was hooked. The crust was crisp and flaky and the interior soft. The taste of the orange zest was subtle but came through. Slathered with MORE butter and strawberry jam! What was there not to like??

Next time though, I will try different additions- nuts, dried fruits, maybe even chocolate chips. I have a strong feeling that scones and I are going to get on friendlier terms and they will be a regular feature in my house:-).

The Tuesdays with Dorie group is currently baking from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking with Julia” which was published as an accompaniment to the hugely successful American television serial of the same name. The contributing baker is Marrion Cunningham.

You can find the recipe for these Buttermilk Scones on page 210-211 of the book or follow this video where Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Julia Child demonstrate how to make them.

If you are not eating them immediately, wrap them airtight and freeze them once they are baked and cooled.

Defrost them to bring them to room temperature, in their wrappers. Unwrap and reheat on baking sheet for 5 minutes in a 180C/350F oven.

If you want, you can freeze the cut scones before baking. Place the frozen dough into a 180C/350F oven for 25 minutes or till golden.



Buttermilk Scones- TWD — 18 Comments

  1. I really your changes. It’s nice to have a healthier version of the recipe, especially since I plan on making it again!

  2. I love them too! Glad you liked them and will make them again. Glad to hear whole wheat works in this recipe.

  3. That last picture with the butter and jam…. so good.
    I too thought (after the fact) they could be cut smaller. Next time! And I’m sure there will be. Your scones look wonderful.

  4. Thanks for testing whole wheat flour for this recipe. Your scones have turned out great! I will bake them with half all-purpose and half whole wheat next time, ’cause there will be next time :)

  5. Nice to know that adding some whole wheat flour works in this recipe. Your scones look great. I wonder if it was the whole wheat addition that added to the baking time?

  6. So glad these lived up to your expectations! They look wonderful. I loved these scones too and will be making them often.

  7. Your scones look delicious, especially with the butter and jam. I’m glad to hear that they turned out well with some whole wheat flour. I like to substitute a third to a half of the flour with whole wheat when baking, but I didn’t with this recipe.

  8. I loved them, too! Great idea to start baking them closer together so they rise faster. I never thought of that! If you are having guilty feelings about the amount of butter, how about making them smaller so you would proportionately eat less butter? Of course, making them smaller may just convince you to eat more of them, which would defeat that purpose! They were delicious, I agree!

  9. Glad these turned out so well for you! I think all of the different add ins would be fun to try since this is such an easy recipe. I like that you crisped the tops under the broiled. I may have to try that next time. :)

  10. Beautiful scones Sunita!!!
    They look perfect, well done for your first time!!!
    Indeed, it’s a great recipe to play with it, and very easy and quick!!