Home Baking with Newsgroup; Buttermilk and sultana scones.



  • 450g (1lb) self-raising flour
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder
  • 75g (3oz) butter, cubed
  • 75g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 100g (4oz) sultanas
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  •  280ml buttermilk 
  • To serve cream and jam


  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  • Measure the flour, baking powder and butter into a bowl. Rub with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and sultanas or do this in a food processor.
  •  Mix the eggs and buttermilk together in a jug and pour all but 1 tablespoon into the flour bowl and lightly mix together until combined – it should be a fairly moist dough.
  •  Lightly sprinkle the worktop with flour and gently knead the dough until smooth and soft. Roll to about 2.5cm (1in) thick. Using a 6cm (2½ in) round fluted scone cutter, stamp out 12 scones.
  • Arrange the scones on the baking sheet and brush the tops with the reserved egg and milk mixture. 
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes until risen and lightly golden.
  • PREPARE AHEAD These are best made on the day, but they can also be made up to a day ahead and reheated.
  • FREEZE They freeze well cooked.
Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

Sarah has worked in marketing and content creation for many years. In her role at Newsgroup, she is the online editor of www.newsgroup.ie with a particular interest in local news and events. Sarah also works closely with our editorial team on our printed editions in Tallaght, Lucan, Clondalkin and Rathcoole/Saggart. If you have a story and would like to make contact please email Sarah at info@newsgroup.ie.


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