Buttermilk Scones | International Scone Week

After making these buttermilk scones I decided I needed a pastry cutter. They got the most amazing rise and made for a great tea time treat.

Buttermilk Scones
Buttermilk Scones
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South Africa has a high population of people without medical aid or hospital plans. And at least one of which are considered a must for the upper and middle class. But totally unaffordable for the majority of people. We don’t have national health per se, but we do have community clinics. Every suburb and rural village has one and they offer free health care to everyone who needs it. With the start of the vaccine rollout, these became the obvious first choice for the administration of the injections as the infrastructure already existed. And every area could have their own vaccine site. The vaccine would be offered to everyone without medical aid at no charge. This was a huge undertaking given that we still have not had any CoVax Vaccines. One of our largest Medical Insurance companies got on board and made a plan.

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A portal was created for registrations and the system would notify you via SMS when and where to go for your vaccine. The place would be determined by where you lived, with your site being within 10kms of your home if you did not live in a rural area. I went to the community clinic in the village next to ours. And it was clean, well organized and had ample parking. All small things many of you may take for granted. But as the clinic is in an area full of informal settlements, feeling safe was a necessity. The staff were amazing, friendly and treated everyone with kindness and respect. The possible side effects were explained to everyone present, and we were given an information pamphlet. We all had to wait 15 minutes after our vaccine to be monitored and then could go home.

Buttermilk Scones

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Buttermilk Scones

These have the most amazing rise
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 6 scones
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Pomegranate Days


  • 560 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 40 mls baking powder
  • 80 g salted butter, cubed
  • 250 mls buttermilk
  • 125 mls cold water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl
  • Add the butter and rub in with your fingers
  • Place the buttermilk, water and egg into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine
  • Pour into the flour and use a knife to mix and form into a rough dough
  • Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a ball
  • When smooth, roll out to 3cm thick
  • Cut 7.5cm round pieces and place onto a lined baking tray
  • Set aside to rest for 15 minutes while you preheat your oven to 180° Celsius
  • Place the baking tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove the baking tray from the oven and place the scones onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving
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22 thoughts on “Buttermilk Scones | International Scone Week

  1. Look at the rise on those scones! They look lovely.
    I published my scone post today Tandy and two of my friends have as well.
    I can’t see any of the pingbacks on your ISW post, so I might try to copy and paste URLs for mine and the girls.

  2. Nice scones, TAndy. My post goes live tomorrow and I’ll like back to this one. My family are all on a medical aid and we have policies and so we my dad, Terence and I had our vaccines at Discovery HO. A very pleasant experience. My aunt is on a medical aid but its not Discovery so I took her and my mom to a government site for their second vaccination (they had the first at Discovery as they were called there by the SMS). It was okay. Not to bad but the two elderly ladies in their 80s had to sit outside for 45 minutes in the freezing cold on what turned out to be the coldest day of the year in Johannesburg which wasn’t great. There was also no social distancing when we queued inside which was quite traumatic. On the whole, not a marvelous experience.

    1. Thanks Robbie, I have seen the link 🙂
      My mom had a good experience at her local clinic which I am relieved about. And my dad also went to Discovery for his first which was excellent as you say.

  3. i’ve been thinking i should get a pastry cutter too! i seem to be baking a lot lately and it sounds useful. your scones look lovely. My link to my scone recipe is down below in your previous ISW post in July.

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  5. Oh dear! I think I’m a bit late to the party. I’ve been away for a few days and now incredibly behind. Is it too late for me to take part if my post goes live on 17 August?

    And your buttermilk scones look awesome. As you say, lovely rise and I bet they taste good too.

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