Buttermilk Scones

Every baker needs a great scone recipe. Before you add berries, or raisins or any other flavour you need a great base recipe. This easy recipe for Buttermilk Scones is it. Scones are a perfectly British tea thing, but be it tea or breakfast, there is always room for a scone.

Do you ever look at people – include yourself here – and wonder just how we became so darn critical?  Is this really who we are; a generation of critics?

Being a critic used to be quite the noble profession.  You would have to be regarded as learned and experienced in your field, esteemed by your colleagues who thought you educated, honourable and reasonable.  Your hours of study and detailed comparisons of similar works would ensure the trustworthiness of your opinion.  People would want to hear your critical assessment, because it was deemed worthy of debate.

Apparently, in 2015 we all qualify to hold this position.  We are the judgement holders, the strict moral compass, society’s appointed value holder.  We have set the criticism bar so low that anyone is fair game and open to our ruthless evaluation.  A new mother, scorned wives, the rich, the poor, the doers, the lethargic, adults and sadly yes, even children.  Why should they escape this wrath of disparagement?

What angry noise.

Every baker needs a great scone recipe. Before you add berries, or raisins or any other flavour you need a great base recipe. This easy recipe for Buttermilk Scones is it. Scones are a perfectly British tea thing, but be it tea or breakfast, there is always room for a scone.
Every baker needs a great scone recipe. Before you add berries, or raisins or any other flavour you need a great base recipe. This easy recipe for Buttermilk Scones is it. Scones are a perfectly British tea thing, but be it tea or breakfast, there is always room for a scone.

You know, I send my children into the world every day and I ask them to be kind.  I remind them not to compare themselves to anyone else, and we end each day speaking out gratefulness for our abundance.  But their own kindness to others offers them no protection from the unsolicited criticism.

Yesterday after a hockey match a child from the opposition school said to mine: “You losers should play harder next time.”  My words that tried to build her up after that bounced like a rubber ball off of the graceless criticism which that child nonchalantly threw down before my own.  Those careless and unkind words sprayed her with hurt, self doubt, resignation and they left a ruthless sting.  Mothering a hurt child requires grit; and a hockey fields’ distance from the opposition for safety’s sake.

We need to do better by our children.  How about it World?  Can we lay off the criticism and rather embrace goodness in equal measure.

‘Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.

Dennis Prager

Every baker needs a great scone recipe. Before you add berries, or raisins or any other flavour you need a great base recipe. This easy recipe for Buttermilk Scones is it. Scones are a perfectly British tea thing, but be it tea or breakfast, there is always room for a scone.
Tandy over at Lavender and Lime
invited a bunch of us to participate in International Scone Week.  Friends, did you know that there was a thing called International Scone Week? No? Well, me neither. To take part all you need to do is this;

1. Bake scones.

2. Eat them.

Due to some solicited and constructive self- criticism; I found my first attempt at documenting a scone recipe on this blog, way back in the early days to be rather, well rather meh.  It was not really something I wanted Tandy to link back to, so today I am offering you this recipe for Buttermilk Scones.  Again. 

If you did blow the dust of that page, you will only see some really teeny tiny pictures (thanks to the 2014 migration from Blogger) and this same recipe.  You may also agree that this blog has come a long way; which just goes to show that critical evaluation does have its place.

www.pomegranatedays.co.za Sam Taylor Food Blog

 

 

 

 

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Buttermilk Scones
 
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Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • 560 g flour
  • 2 ml salt
  • 40 ml baking powder
  • 80 g butter
  • 250 ml buttermilk
  • 125 ml cold water
  • 1 jumbo egg
  • to serve: softened butter, jam and lightly whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and rub in the slightly softened butter.
  2. Whisk together the buttermilk, egg and water.
  3. Pour the buttermilk mix over the into the dry ingredients.
  4. Work the mixture into a coarse dough, and then tip the dough out onto a floured surface.
  5. Gently knead the dough to a smooth ball.
  6. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to 3 to 4 cm thick.
  7. Use a large fluted cutter to cut out scones.
  8. Place the scones onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and dusted with flour.
  9. Allow the scones to rest for 15 minutes.
  10. Bake the scones in an oven preheated to 180˚C for 12 minutes or until scones are well risen and golden.

 

10 Comments on Buttermilk Scones

  1. Jess
    August 14, 2015 at 7:21 am (2 years ago)

    Can we just chat about your awesome baking tray for a moment? It’s BEAUTIFUL! ♥

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    • sam
      August 14, 2015 at 10:10 am (2 years ago)

      Jess, I picked that tray up at the Milnerton Flea Market which is basically a place where everyone goes to sell all the junk they no longer want – but it offers up some real gems too. When you are next in CT, I will take you!

      Reply
  2. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    August 14, 2015 at 8:04 am (2 years ago)

    I pity that poor child who offered up unkind words, as she could only have learnt that behaviour at home. Good for you to celebrate the best of a day! Love these scones Sam xx

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    • sam
      August 14, 2015 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

      Sadly, with children it is so often just learned behaviour. Thanks for inviting me to the link up Tandy. Happy Scone week to you!

      Reply
  3. Joanne T Ferguson
    August 15, 2015 at 9:51 am (2 years ago)

    What gorgeous scones and your recipe makes me want to reach through the screen and try one of these right now! Glad we are connected through our love of scones!

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    • sam
      August 17, 2015 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Joanne. Scones are like a little black dress – a true classic!

      Reply
  4. Gretchen
    August 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Your scones look wonderful, especially on the gorgeous baking tray. Celebrating the good in a day is something everyone should strive to do.

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    • sam
      August 17, 2015 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Gretchen. I am beginning to think that baking tray needs its own blog!! I hope you find much to celebrate today! Sam

      Reply
  5. Estelle
    November 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm (7 months ago)

    40ml Baking Powder is that correct

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    • sam
      January 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Estelle. Yes that is correct. I know it sounds like a lot, but it works!

      Reply

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