single buttermilk scone



Every body loves a scone and everyone has their own favorite scone recipe!  This is my scone recipe, A FAMILY HEIRLOOM if you will.  To be absolutely fair  it’s my Nanny Kathleen’s recipe! She’s the person who was responsible for my love of baking.

I was very lucky to spend a lot of time with my wonderful Nanny during my childhood.  Nanny loved to baked and she was most definitely  responsible for my love of baking.

I was always fascinated how she managed to bake so may delicious things without ever using a recipe book or an electric mixer.  No all she had was a simple hand week, a gas oven that had a mind of its own and she had to feed the meter 20p to make it work. Her fridge was a metal bucket outside her kitchen  , she only got a fridge in her late 60’s. She had no time for “modern machinery”.

I don’t think a day went by without her baking her wonderful Buttermilk Scones.  If there wasn’t a plate of fresh baked Buttermilk Scones on the table, then they were in the oven baking.

This is such a simple recipe, takes less than 5 mins to put together and 15 mins to bake, an absolute winner, turns out the most delicious scones every time.


buttermilk scones


buttermilk scones



buttermilk scones


single buttermilk scone


Of course every great recipe needs a secret ingredient!  In fact my Nanny’s Buttermilk Scones has two

  1.  Buttermilk
  2. A glazed Sugared Topping

She also never rolled out her scone dough, patted it out with her hand as quickly as possible.  Nanny only ever used cold cubed butter never margarine.



I have made this recipe countless times & I have never changed a thing except the odd time I buy the buttermilk!  Nanny always made her own and  I do too (most of the time). It’s so simple to do –

All you do is add lemon juice to fresh milk and leave to stand for 10 mins or more






Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: BAKES & CAKES


Calories per serving: 86 KCL


GRANNY'S BUTTERMILK SCONES - Everybody loves my Nanny's Buttermilk Scones! She would have been thrilled It's a winner turns out the most delicious scones every time. The secret is the buttermilk and the sugared topping 😉 They bake in less than 20mins.. Delicious with Jam & Fresh Cream


  • 450g self-raising flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 100g cold butter CUT INTO CUBES
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 284ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • splash of milk & 3tbsp sugar for sprinkling


  • Heat oven to 220C/425f - SCONES NEED A VERY HOT OVEN.
  • Put the flour, salt and butter into a food processor and pulse until you can’t feel any lumps of butter or just use your fingers. Add in the sugar.
  • (I know my Mam or Nana never used a processor, just their hands but the less you touch scone dough when making them the better because your hands can make the dough too warm.)
  • In a large bowl add in ½ the flour mix from food processor and ½ buttermilk. Use a knife to quickly mix together, repeat with the remaining flour and buttermilk using the knife to form a dough DO NOT OVER MIX!
  • Tip onto a floured surface and lightly bring together with your hands. (FLOUR YOUR HANDS BEFORE YOU DO THIS.
  • I just press out gently to about 4/6cm thick and stamp out rounds with cutter. I never use a rolling pin when making scones.
  • Glaze the top of the scones with some milk and a sprinkle of caster sugar.
  • Bake for 12-15mins until golden and risen!
  • Serve with some delicious jam and whipped cream for a special afternoon/tea-time treat






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  • Veena Azmanov February 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    All granny make the best scones – right? I love scones. My granny use to make amazing buttermilk scones too. Love this recipe. love how golden they got bakes.

  • Diana February 7, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    These scones look and sound amazing! I might treat myself and bake a batch tomorrow

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings February 7, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I feel like I am so terrible at making scones. They just never seem to turn out right. I am looking forward to giving yours a try bc they look delicious!

  • Deanna February 7, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Oh my! This is a scone I would love to devour! It looks simply scrumptious!

    • Karyn February 27, 2018 at 8:59 am

      The old family recipes are always the best Deanna x

  • Natalie March 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Can I add dried fruit?
    If so how much?
    Thanks x

    • Karyn March 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Natalie ;)I would add approx 85g of any dried fruit. I made them with chocolate chips today . was a great hit with the kids

  • Lauren April 13, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I have always been intrigued by scones, but i’ve never tried to make them myself. Your recipe looks so easy and delicious that I’m going to have to give it a try!

  • Nicole April 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    We’ve just returned from a trip to Scotland. These scones take me right back. Love them, with clotted cream and jam. Wonderful recipe!

    • Karyn April 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Nicole.. Hope you had a lovely Trip

  • Gloria April 13, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    OMG these look do good. I love scones…and the things you can fill them with is endless. Perfect as a dessert or for brunch.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 14, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Grandma’s recipes are the best and they cannot go wrong! I can say that from your pictures. The scones just look gorgeous and I would love this for my weekend breakfast. I also make my own buttermilk for baking. Thanks for the tip.

  • Veena Azmanov April 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Wow it looks so cute! I want to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its fantastic! I definitely want to try this. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

    • Karyn April 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Glad you like the recipe Veena!

  • Sara April 15, 2018 at 12:07 am

    I love family recipes. I have to try your granny’s scones soon- maybe this weekend!

  • Carmy April 15, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    These scones look sooooo lovely and fluffy! I’m ready to take a bite out of them! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Karyn April 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Carmy.. They are so reliable. Always turn out well

  • Heather April 16, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Ahh.. granny recipes are the best! I love that you have buttermilk in this recipe and that you use super cold butter. I have never made scones but I love them and your pictures are beautiful and you recipe sounds amazing. I will be trying for sure.

    • Karyn April 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      It’s a very easy recipe Heather! I hope you do try it x

  • Priya Srinivasan April 16, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Wow that looks delicious! oh yes grannies and mommies made the best food , without any fancy equipments we have today! Good food, brings back great memories, these scones looks perfect , love that golden crust and fluffy inside!!!!

    • Karyn April 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Priya.. The old recipes are always he best x

  • Liz Dean April 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks Priya ….Easy and delicious x

  • Catríon June 4, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Fantastic recipe.. amazing scones.Do you make old style brown soda bread ?

  • Josie August 9, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Simply delicious, fab recipe

    • Karyn August 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Thank you so much Josie.. family recipes are always the best! x


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