With our buttermilk scones lesson we teach the children about dairy products and show them photos of a cow. We ask the children what products that we can eat or drink comes from milk. We then use cream and whisk it to show them how butter and buttermilk is made. The buttermilk is used in our dough to make our scones. The children are delighted to see how butter is made, and that one product (cream) turns into two different products (butter and buttermilk) when whipped. We flatten the cold dough with our hands and cut scones out using shapes e.g rectangle, triangle, oval, square, pentagon etc.

After baking our scones, we eat them with butter and cheese or jam!


450 g self-raising flour
¼ tsp salt
100 g cold butter, cubed
85 g caster sugar
1 ¼ cup buttermilk
Strawberry or other jam and cream for serving

Let children use unusual shapes to cut out the scones!

Method for buttermilk scones

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Place the flour, salt, butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and rub together using your fingertips until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs.
Add the buttermilk and use a wooden spoon to just bring the mixture together to form a dough. Place on a floured surface and shape into a ball, then gently roll out into a thickness of 3 – 4 cm.

When doing this recipe with children, let them use interesting shapes to cut out the scones. In class we use rectangles, squares, circles, ovals etc. for the cutting.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes at 180°C.

Serve with cream and jam.

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Recipe courtesy of Woolworths Taste.