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how to bake scones with self-raising flour

how to bake scones with self raising flour

This buttery scone recipe teaches you how to bake scones with self-raising flour. It makes soft, light, and delicate English scones that are perfect for tea time.

As a child, I loved snacking on scones during tea time, my favourite toppings were jam and cream. However, I’m still not exactly sure in which order they should be placed. I must say though that I believe that it should be jam and then cream.

I learned how to prepare this scone recipe from watching my mother make delicious scones for us as well as having eaten scones from a variety of bakeries. The scones in this recipe have a crumbly exterior and a delicate interior, making them the most delicious light English scones

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What sets this easy scone recipe with self raising flour apart from all other scones

Buttermilk scones tend to have a firm crumbly skin with a soft, buttery and airy inside, which makes them the best tea time treat. This is what makes buttermilk scones superior.

the step by step guide to making scones

buttermilk scones recipe with self raising flour

scones dry ingredients
  1. sift your dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, sift your self raising flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl

how to rub butter into your scones

2.rub in your butter

Using your fingertips, rub your butter into

scone wet ingredients

mix all your wet ingredients including the sugar

In a small mixing bowl whisk together your egg, sugar, yoghurt, and vanilla essence.

a good substitute for buttermilk

If you don’t have buttermilk you can use 1TBSP of vinegar with 1/3 cup of milk for this recipe. Or you can use 1TBSP of lemon juice with a 1/3 cup of milk.

nb! the results will not come out exactly the same as they would with proper buttermilk.

can you freeze scones ?

Yes, this is a perfect time-saving technique for all the busy people like me who absolutely love scones. This can be done by following the recipe until you get to the cutting process. Freeze the round cut disc in a resealable bag for up to two months, cook from frozen for 20 minutes or until dough has risen and scones are cooked.

What is the secret to making good scones?

tip 1:

  • Serve your buttermilk scones with some jam/fresh strawberries and whipped cream.


tip 2:

Do not overmix your dough, this could negatively affect how your scones bake.

tip 3 :

  • Make sure your butter is cold to give your scone a beautiful rise.

tip 4:

  • Refrigerate your dough for 10 minutes before baking for optimal results.

scone recipe

how to bake scones with self-raising flour

This is the ultimate buttery scone recipe. It is delicate and light making it a perfect tea time treat. You will love these!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 475 kcal


  • baking tray


  • cups  self-raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 large egg for the batter
  • 1 small small egg for brushing
  • cup buttermilk


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius on bake and lightly flour your baking tray.
  • In a large bowl sift the self-raising flour along with the baking powder and salt. Using your fingertips fold in the butter until the mixture is crumbly ( like breadcrumbs).
  •  In a separate medium-sized bowl whisk the vanilla essence, buttermilk, egg and sugar.
  • Add your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix the mixture. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Do not overmix.
  • Place your dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until it is 3 cm thick. Cut out your dough into small circles and place them on your baking tray.
  • Lightly beat your other egg in a small bowl and brush the top of your scones. this will mak your scones look good and light brown
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the scone is light brown on the top and has risen.


  • Serve your buttermilk scones with some jam and whipped cream.
  •  Do not overmix your dough, this could negatively affect how your scones bake.
  • Make sure your butter is cold to give your scone a beautiful rise.
  • Refrigerate your dough for 10 minutes before baking for optimal results.
Keyword buttermilk scone recipe

flavour variations

  • add fresh berries
  • add chocolate chips
  • add jelly tots

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