This is a traditional food in England and is something different to try for a less sweet treat. Scones are great with this Herbal Tea recipe.


Serves 9

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  3. Combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  4. Add raisins and mix lightly.
  5. In a small bowl, combine melted butter and buttermilk.
  6. Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture; mix gently.
  7. Spoon dough into 9 equal mounds on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake until well browned, 18-20 minutes.
  9. Serve hot or at room temperature. Best eaten the same day you bake them.


  • Substitute vegetable oil for the butter to reduce saturated fat.
  • Try other dried fruit in place of or in addition to raisins (cranberries, blueberries)
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon before baking.
  • Try mixing in 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon or orange zest (grate the outer colored part of the peel).
  • No buttermilk? Place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in measuring cup and fill to the 1 cup line with milk. Stir and let set to thicken slightly.
  • Whole-wheat flour can be replaced with all-purpose flour.

buttermilk scone nutrition label

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[1] Buttermilk Scones, USDA MyPlate