Tuesdays with Dorie BWD: Buttermilk Scones

August 23, 2022 at 8:06 pm | Posted in biscuits/scones, breakfast things, BWD, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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buttermilk scones

A quick search tells me we made a Buttermilk Scone recipe before, back in 2014. I have no memory of those (a BWJ recipe), or really of 2014 in general, but apparently I liked them and even said I’d make them again. Well, of course I didn’t, but now I have made these BWD Buttermilk Scones instead.

With only 2 teaspoons of sugar (could that be a typo??), other TWDers said these were more like buttermilk biscuits than sweet pastries. I bumped that up to 2 tablespoons of sugar and also sprinkled the tops with turbinado before baking. They were a sticky-but-easy mix and they got a pretty decent rise in the oven, but they still registered as only very lightly sweetened. While some butter and honey or jam (or 2 or 3 more tablespoons of sugar) would probably give them what they’re missing, they certainly did make me think of a biscuit or a cobbler topping. Since buttermilk is so lean, they also don’t have the same delicate, rich texture as a cream scone. I decided to turn a couple of my scones into strawberry shortcakes with sweetened mascarpone whipped cream and macerated berries and mint. The rest headed into the freezer for Scones Pudding next month.

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  1. Well, I like your idea of the strawberry shortcake…that sounds like good use of these scones. Interestingly, I looked back to 2014…since I had no recollection either 😂 and low and behold I made those too hahaha. I don’t think they were that remarkable then either but I did say I liked the butter and sugar crunch topping on those. So funny…thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  2. Yep this is a good idea – both bumping up the sugar and also making these into strawberry shortcake-type desserts. When I googled to find a link to the recipe, ALL the 2014 posts came up from all the TDW-ers!

  3. Your scones got a beautiful rise. I agree I like the delicate texture of heavy cream or sour cream in my scones. I am looking forward to the pudding none the less.

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