TwD: Baking Buttermilk Scones with Julia


I have been craving scones for some time now, and after realizing that satisfying this craving by induling in afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel for the past three weekends solely for the scones is pretty ridiculous and close to madness, it had to stop.

So, how jazzed was I about baking this week’s assignment? Pretty excited because these buttermilk scones were seriously some of the best scones I’ve ever had. Who knew that the tablespoon of orange zest would really bring such lovely flavor. Very nice!

If you’d like to try your hand at these super easy and very tasty buttermilk scones, pick up a copy of Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America’s Best Bakers and join the bi-monthly baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, where we choose recipes to collectively bake each month!

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sunita
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:39:02

    Your scones look delectable. You are so right about the zest making such a difference to the taste. And it doesn’t hurt they they are so quick to put together.

  2. thebestdressup
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:17:45

    ciao! i am enjoying a cappuccino and a scone šŸ™‚

  3. The Foodie Affair
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:45:49

    Scones do sound good! A little citrus really can add great flavor!

  4. I Wilkerson
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:45:59

    How lucky you were to have an assignment that matches a craving! But seriously, aren’t scones one of the best comfort foods!

  5. Mary Frances
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:54:11

    I could go for a lovely, fresh scone right about now. Maybe with some clotted cream, jam, and a hot cuppa. That would be heaven!

  6. Daniela
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:17:04

    I love scones and these look so inviting. Temptation has from now on a name šŸ™‚

  7. Promenade Claire
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:23:12

    Nothing better than warm fresh homemade scones and the addition of orange zest sounds inspired

  8. apuginthekitchen
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:29:43

    Oh I love scones, with either coffee or tea, they are so good. Your scones look really good, l think the orange zest is a great addition.

  9. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:44:15

    I didn’t think any scone could rival Cook’s Illustrated’s cream scones, but these gave them a run for their money.Yours look perfect!

  10. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 14:40:01

    I have been on a recent scone-loving kick! these look perfect!

  11. Jessica
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 14:48:07

    These look delicious! I love baking.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  12. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 15:23:11

    This might sound crazy but… I have never had a scone before in my life!

  13. saucygander
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 17:45:30

    These were easy and tasty, home made scones are the best and yours look great!

  14. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:39:58

    I will have to think about joining this group.. it would be so much fun and I definitely would love that scone recipe! xx

  15. tinywhitecottage
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 19:52:41

    Your scones look very simple to prepare. I love scones!

  16. Bam's Kitchen
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 20:10:15

    Simple and gorgeous. I bet that orange zest really made these delicious.

  17. sharron - one clever mom
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 20:46:21

    Mmmm, I thought these were delicious. The zest really made it! Glad you enjoyed!

  18. kloesunny @
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 21:26:53

    Those turned out perfect!

  19. Juliana
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:29:52

    Nice scones…I yet have to bake scones…these would be really good with a cup of coffee.
    Have a great week šŸ˜€

  20. sprinklesandsauce
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:34:37

    great looking scones!

  21. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:52:19

    I also love scones but I don’t have the opportunity to hang out at the Drake every week-end!!! Yours look delicious. I know they aren’t particularly difficult to make. Why don’t I bake them myself. Don’t know. Glad that you did.

  22. hotlyspiced
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:54:44

    I love scones and buttermilk does give them a lovely texture. I’ve never put orange zest into a scone so would love to try this xx

  23. Three Well Beings
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 23:53:00

    I know it’s not fried, but it reminds me of a favorite buttermilk donut I used to enjoy. I love scones, and the buttermilk would be reach and satisfying. I know this would be a recipe I’d like to try. That cookbook is calling to me!

  24. TrafficDiva
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 04:58:24

    These scones look amazing!!! Perhaps you can work a deal with the Drake to include your scones with tea!! =)

  25. Gloria
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 05:21:26

    I just love scones! Taste like heaven!

  26. markd60
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 06:09:05

    What’s the difference between a scone and a biscuit? And crumpets? Tea and Crumpets….
    “Some people like cupcakes better, I for one, care less for them.” Muffin Man, Frank Zappa

  27. Karen
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 06:49:58

    Isn’t it nice that you can now cure those cravings with your very own delicious scones.

  28. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:37:46

    These scones look awesome!

  29. shashi @
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 12:03:30

    I am a scone lover and yours look so light and delectable!

  30. ashley
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 12:25:16

    I love scones – they are my favorite breakfast. These look awesome!

  31. My Kitchen Stories
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 14:27:38

    Every so often I have a massive craving for scones and have to make them

  32. sara
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 14:54:10

    Mmmm, this is making me very hungry for scones. šŸ™‚

  33. oven chaos
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 15:06:27

    The orange zest is a lovely addition to this recipe. I agree with you this recipe is a winner!

  34. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 15:14:11

    I simply adore these scones, I can imagine them with a nice thick helping of marmalade šŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  35. Beth
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 15:34:49

    I’d love to try these scones!

  36. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 15:44:05

    I love going for afternoon tea, but looks like you could host a tea party at your house with these nice scones!

  37. tastytreats13
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 18:22:09

    Those look really lovely!

  38. SandraM
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 19:02:20

    Beautiful scones! I loved these and can’t believe I don’t make scones more often, as they really are easy. The orange zest was a great addition.

  39. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 22:26:18

    Looks lovely! I loved the simplicity of this recipe!

  40. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 00:53:05

    the orange zest sounds like such a nice addition!

  41. Cakelaw
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 05:54:32

    These scones look lovely – warm with jam and cream for me please.

  42. Monica
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 06:29:57

    These look so good. I’m no scone expert but I also love the kind with buttermilk and orange zest (and a little chocolate).

  43. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 07:51:32

    Scones for breakfast would be such a delicious treat right now, Yummy. Yours look quite tempting! Thank you so much for sharing…

  44. loavesandstitches
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 09:35:05

    I loved the orange, too. And they do go so well with tea.

  45. squishymonster
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:58:55

    They’re beautiful and taste wonderful, I bet!

  46. Carolyn Jung
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 20:08:21

    I have a weakness for a good scone. Nothing like one on a Sunday morning.

  47. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 05:37:20

    These scones look lovely and delicious!

  48. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 09:13:12

    Lovely scones. It is amazing what a little orange zest can do.

  49. kitchen flavours
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 09:46:17

    Lovely scones! Got to try this, got to take out that book soon!

  50. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 12:43:07

    I just love having afternoon tea somewhere fancy. What nice afternoon could there be. These scones look sublime.

  51. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 16:43:49

    Your scones look beautiful! I finally just got my post up – I’m woefully behind in all my blogging/cooking/baking but I’m getting there. I’ll have to try them with orange zest next time – I used lemon in mine.

  52. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 18:25:22

    Buttermilk scones are probably my absolute favourite thing to eat, and these ones look perfect!

  53. jora
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 09:24:49

    I miss afternoon tea at the Drake! It was always such a fun experience. I agree, though. These were probably the best scones I’ve ever made.

  54. Ckay
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 17:24:45

    So glad they were a winner for you.
    Your scones looks beautiful.

  55. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 22:14:39

    Another great recipe – I will have to try this from BWJ, I’ve also been in the mood for scones.

  56. Nazima
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 04:22:24

    lovely idea – not tried these but these would be lovely for afternoon tea with some home made jam. mmmm!

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