Buster began cooking as a wee pup by watching his mother fix the kibble. He was hooked. He loves preparing—and writing about—food.
This Scone Recipe Is Amazing
After much trial and error, I've developed a scone recipe that will knock your socks off.
I mean it.
The scones are incredibly light with a tender crumb, and so moist and flavorful that you can't eat just one. (Really.)
The banana taste is very mild—so mild that you can barely taste it. However, this is one of the secret ingredients to this recipe. Don't let the length of the directions scare you. I've tried to explain each part of the process so you'll have success the very first time you make them.
The ingredients are divided into DRY and WET ingredients:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda)
- 1 tsp. salt
- Zest of one small lemon
- 5 tbsp. butter (yeah, not really dry, but all will be explained in the recipe below)
- 1 small ripe banana, mashed
- 1 egg, divided
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (use Meyer lemons if you can get them)
- 2 teaspoons to 3 tablespoons buttermilk (see instructions below for a discussion of how much you will need)
For the Glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
Step 1: Make the Dough
You will need a LARGE bowl and a 2-cup measuring cup.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In the large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine ingredients thoroughly.
- Zest a small lemon into the dry ingredients (use only the yellow part, not the white pith) then thoroughly mix the zest into the dry ingredients.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter into the dry ingredients. Using your fingers, blend the butter into the dry ingredients till it looks like course cornmeal. Leave a few pieces of butter the size of small peas—this makes your scones flaky.
- In the 2-cup measuring cup, mash the peeled banana and stir till it is liquified.
- Divide the yolk and white of the egg. Add the yolk to the WET INGREDIENTS and put aside the egg whites (you'll use them in a minute).
- Add the juice of HALF of your lemon.
- Pour in enough buttermilk to make 1 cup of liquid. Depending on the size of your banana, you may be adding a couple of teaspoons up to a few tablespoons. The goal? To have a full cup of wet ingredients.
- Stir the liquid ingredients thoroughly.
- Now, ALL AT ONCE, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a fork, stir just until the dry and wet ingredients have come together. You'll be tempted to continue stirring, but don't. Once the last of the flour in the bottom of your large bowl has been moistened, then stop. This only takes about a dozen-ish stirs with your fork.
Step 2: Shape the Scones and Bake
- Lightly sprinkle your work surface with flour (I lay out two pieces of foil on the counter, then sprinkle with flour).
- Gently turn your dough onto the flour-covered work area. Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour—just enough so you can press it down without the dough sticking to your hands. Lift one end and fold the dough over on itself. You'll probably need to scatter a little flour underneath as you're working.
- Press out the dough, sprinkle LIGHTLY with flour, then fold again. Press out the dough, sprinkle lightly with flour, then fold one final time. Lift up the dough and scatter a little flour underneath to prevent the dough from sticking to the work surface.
- Pat into a circle. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into six or eight pie-shaped scones. I like larger scones, so I always make six, but if you are baking for children or those with small appetites, make eight.
- Line a baking sheet with foil, then lightly coat with cooking spray. Carefully transfer the scones to the baking sheet.
- Add 2 teaspoons water to the egg whites, stir vigorously, then brush onto the tops of the scones.
- Liberally sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake (make sure your oven has been PREHEATED) for approximately 20 minutes. I always set my timer for 15 minutes, and begin checking. Your oven may run "hot" and they'll be baked sooner; or if your oven runs cold, slightly longer than 20 minutes. You'll know they're done when the tops are a gorgeous golden brown.
Step 3: Glaze, Serve, and Enjoy!
- While the scones are baking, make the glaze: Squeeze the other half of the lemon—only a few drops at a time—into the half cup of powdered sugar. Stir vigorously, then add more lemon juice. Note: Making a glaze is easy once you know how—but if this is your first time, then be sure you add the lemon juice in very small amounts. You'll think: but this isn't enough liquid... but as you keep stirring you'll soon see that you've made a glaze. I wish I could tell you exactly how much lemon juice, but it seems to vary. So just keep adding lemon juice by drops until it is the right consistency. You'll know it's ready when the glaze runs in a slow thin stream off of your spoon.
- Once the scones are done, let them rest on the counter for about 5 minutes, then put on serving plates. Drizzle the lemon glaze on top. Yeah, the glaze will melt on the warm scones. What can I say, except: YUM.
- Serve with plenty of room temperature butter.
- You're going to flip over the incredible flavor and texture of these scones!
Questions & Answers
Question: When using this scone recipe, uou said to pat into a circle. But how many inches wide and how thick should it be?
Answer: It should be about an inch thick.
Question: Can I substitute blueberries instead of banana in this scone recipe, and how many cups of blueberries can I use?
Answer: The mashed banana is one of the key ingredients that make these scones so moist; bananas should always be used instead of another kind of fruit.
Question: How do I print this scone recipe?
Answer: At the top of your screen, (while in your browser -- Firefox, Safari, Chome, etc.) click File, then Print. The recipe should print easily for you.
Question: Can the unglazed scones be frozen, then warmed and glazed later?
Answer: Yes, the unbaked scones (without glaze of course) can be frozen then baked later.
If you're asking about after they've been baked, the answer is still Yes!
If unbaked: remove from the freezer, wrap in aluminum foil and place in a 400-degree oven on a baking sheet. They will take a little longer to bake, of course, than the original recipe. Remove foil near the end to let them get browned and crispy on the edges.
If already baked: let them come to room temperature, then you can warm them in the oven or microwave. Personally, I prefer using the oven so they will get a crispy exterior. No foil is needed for rewarming in the oven.
Question: Can I substitute cream for buttermilk?
Answer: Yes, you can use cream instead of buttermilk. If you make this substitution, you may want to increase the lemon juice by a half teaspoon (to compensate for the loss of acid from the buttermilk, which gives these scones extra lightness.)
Question: Can the banana be left out?
Answer: The banana makes this scone tender and moist so I think it's best left in the recipe.
Question: I am a little confused about the amount of buttermilk to use for this scone recipe. Help?
Answer: The goal is to have one cup of liquid ingredients. After you add in the mashed banana, egg, etc then you top up your measuring cup to make one cup of liquid.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on June 21, 2020:
Yes, you can. It's difficult to say how much, though, because it depends on the juiciness of the fruit. If the peaches are very fresh (wet) then I would add about a half cup. Whether peaches or apples, chop them finely.
Amber on June 20, 2020:
Could you add chopped peaches or apples to the dough?
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on January 21, 2020:
I've added in your great suggestion to include cutting the scones into six or eight pie-shaped slices!
The baking time is already there, with multiple tips. You must have overlooked it.
I hope your scones turned out beautifully!
Betty C Hornsby on January 20, 2020:
I am baking this scone recipe right now and it looks good. Please add to the recipe: how long to bake and the number of scones ( 6 or 8) to cut the circle into. I am a seasoned baker but many will not have an idea about length of baking or the number to cut it into.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on December 13, 2019:
I think the banana adds to the moistness of these scones. But you can leave it out... substitute by adding more buttermilk (to make one full cup of liquid ingredients, as described in the recipe.)
maria on December 13, 2019:
can I leave the banana out. if not, what can I substitute in its place. thx.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 08, 2019:
Excellent! I'm so glad you took the time to let me know about your success.
Sheila on August 08, 2019:
Now that i had the right quantiry of liquids, 1 cup not 2! this recipe came out perfect!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on July 21, 2019:
The recipe calls for one cup of liquids, total.
Enjoy your scones!
Sheila on July 21, 2019:
Hi Thanks for getting back to me, but i was referring to the liquids (banana, egg etc) is this also 2 cups (500 mls)
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on July 20, 2019:
Yes, two cups (500 ml) of flour. This recipe makes a wet dough, which results in a very tender scone. Thanks for writing!
Sheila on July 20, 2019:
I have to add at least another cupfull of flour. When you say 2 cup measuring cup do you mean like 500 mls (equivalent to two cups) i found it to be extremely wet, hence added an extra cupful of flour. Still came lovely though!!!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on December 16, 2017:
I've heard that some bakers substitute apple sauce for the bananas, but I've never tried it. But if you do give it a go, write to me and let me know your results, okay?
Thanks for writing --
ppepper on December 15, 2017:
can you substitute something else for the banana? I don't like banana baked goods
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on August 07, 2017:
Alan on August 06, 2017:
Made today.Absoolutely brilliant.
Lina on September 18, 2016:
Tried the recipe. It taste really good. Thanks for sharing.
Paige on August 27, 2016:
These sound yummy scones and
Jan on June 08, 2016:
I love that you don't put 42 pics of the scones before the recipe !!! Yeah...there are real people out there...good job...going to try these right away...
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on February 26, 2016:
Here's a substitute for buttermilk:
add 1 tbsp lemon juice to 1 cup of milk then stir. It will work perfectly if you can't find buttermilk.
Thanks for writing --
beatriz on February 26, 2016:
Can I substitute buttermilk for another liquido? In Mexico I can not find it. Thank you.
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on September 12, 2015:
I cut six usually -- they're nice-sized -- for breakfast or brunch.
Occasionally I will cut eight if I plan to serve them with coffee after an evening meal. The smaller size is just right.
Hope this helps!
Nancy on September 11, 2015:
Hi how many scones do you cut? 4, 6, 8? Thanks!
Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 28, 2014:
I can see why this might very well be the best scone recipe. Looks yum.
bestentryDSLR on September 05, 2013:
This is what I'm walking about. These look amazing. I think that most scones are dry. These ones seem like they will be wet. Voted up!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on January 30, 2013:
I've always enjoyed making scones, too. I like the challenge of it -- how each step requires a "light hand" to create a genuinely flaky and delicious scone.
Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Tony Mead from Yorkshire on January 30, 2013:
I love making and I suppose eating scones. I like your recipe and the way you have presented the whole thing. I shall also be looking at more of your recipes.
Suzie from Carson City on June 20, 2012:
Thank you so much for the scone recipe! I rarely read recipe hubs.....because I want no additional reasons to cook! Very selfish motive. However, we here, ALL love scones and I've always "thought" about trying to make them at home.........
Now, I have no excuse not to. Thanks.....I think!! UP+++
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 23, 2012:
I'm definitely a scone lover and look forward to trying your recipe!
Buster Bucks (author) from Sonoma County, California on March 21, 2012:
Hi Maria Rose,
I've always loved scones but had trouble finding a recipe that seemed to work every time. That's why I started experimenting until I came up with this recipe. I hope you like it!
Marla Rose from Aventura, Florida on March 21, 2012:
Scones are one of my favorite breakfast foods. They are so light and fluffy and truly delicious. Your scone recipe sounds delicious. I have to try this one!
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on March 11, 2012:
I love scones. I can't wait to try out this recipe for myself!