Blackberry Lemon Buttermilk Scones

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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 8

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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, plus more for brushing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 heaping cup blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar, for sprinkling


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and work it into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, 2 knives, or your fingers, until it resembles a coarse meal. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Whisk the buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and lemon zest together in a small bowl. Drizzle it over the flour butter mixture and toss with a fork until everything appears moistened. Slowly and gently fold in the blackberries. The dough will be a little wet.

  • Step 4

    Work it into a ball with floured hands and transfer to prepared pan. Press it into an 8-inch square and cut into squares. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Separate the scones so that there is a little space between each one. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden and cooked through.