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Irish Buttermilk Scones Recipe

Irish Buttermilk Scones Recipe

Traditional Irish Buttermilk Scones Recipe that is great heaped with Irish Butter, jam and fresh whipped cream.

Course Snack
Cuisine Irish
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 Scones
Calories 458 kcal
Author J.J. Sheridan


  • 900 g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 225 g Unsalted Butter Room temp diced
  • 130 g Caster Sugar
  • 450 ml Buttermilk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Egg Wash or Extra Buttermilk to glaise


  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C 375°F Gas Mark 5

  2. In a large bowl add the dry ingredients and butter

  3. Rub the butter into the flour ensuring you lift the flour above the bowl when rubbing to keep the air in the flour.  If the butter was not at room temp then grate the butter into the flour before rubbing in.

  4. Keep rubbing until the flour looks like breadcrumbs ( I always enjoy the smell of the butter and flour during this stage)

  5. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add two thirds of the buttermilk. Use your hand or if you like a fork to bring all the mixture together.  Add the remaining buttermilk if needed. 

  6. If you use your hands you will will learn if the mixture needs more liquid or less.  Depending on times of the year and moisture in the air you may often need more or less liquid.  The mixture should not be sticky but just damp to touch.

  7. Turn out the mixture onto a flour work surface and bring it together. Do not knead the mixture just work it about so it all comes together.

  8. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it's 1 inch thickness.  I normally just flatten it out with my hands keeping it a uniform height.

  9. Use a 3 inch floured pastry cutter or a sharp knife and cut into desired shapes. Place onto a lightly flour baking tray and brush the tops with egg wash or extra buttermilk. This recipe should give you between 10 and 12 large scones

  10. Bake for approx 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown then remove and let rest for a few minutes on a cooling rack.

  11. Enjoy these scones with some Irish butter, strawberry jam and fresh cream.  Don't forget a cup of tea. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Allergins: Gluten, Milk


If you like fruit scones you can add 75g of raisins and 75 grams of sultanas after rubbing the butter in.


This recipe make 10 to 12 large scone.  If you like you can half the recipe or just freeze some for another day.