Brown Butter British Scones

Brown Butter British Scones

British scones are a lightly sweetened cake-like bread made from wheat flour, eggs, milk, butter, baking powder and sugar. These are single-serving tea-time treats and are said to originate from Scotland, where they are also commonly made with barley or oats. British scones are different to American scones as they’re softer and fluffier than their sweet American counterparts. This is the most delicious brown butter British scones recipe.

Brown Butter British Scones

For these British scones, I used brown butter. It is simply just butter that has been cooked in a pan until it has turned a deep amber brown colour. The water in the butter is cooked away while the milk solids turn brown. This gives the butter a beautifully rich nutty flavour. To me, it smells like caramel. The brown butter can replace regular butter in any scone recipe, but remember to measure the butter after you have cooked it, as the volume decreases. You can use a sieve to remove the brown bits, but I leave them in for a more intense flavour.

When mixing the softened butter and the dry ingredients together, the mixture should have a soft and sandy texture without any hard pieces of butter (the pieces in the photo below are not butter). You can do this in a food processor or by hand. When adding the rest of the wet ingredients, stir with a spatula until it is only roughly combined. Overmixing the dough will ruin the texture and height of the scones.

Brown Butter British Scones

It is also important to limit the amount of flour you dust the surface of your counter with, as this could make the scones drier. The dough should still be sticky. Similarly to overmixing the dough, over-kneading the dough could result in tougher scones that will not rise as high as they should. This will be evident when you have to roll the dough out a second and third time after cutting inch-thick circles. It is best to use a sharp cookie cutter, as twisting it when cutting the dough could result in oddly-shaped scones.

These brown butter British scones are extremely light and fluffy, and the brown butter gives them a unique rich flavour. It is definitely one of my new favourite recipes. My favourite fillings include butter, jam and whipped cream, although I have enjoyed it with cheese a few times before. Traditionally, clotted cream is used instead of whipped cream, but I have never attempted to make it before. These scones aren’t excessively dry, but they are best served alongside a cup of tea.

This recipe was adapted from Fifteen Spatulas.

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Brown Butter British Scones
These British Scones are made using brown butter for a rich, nutty flavour.
Brown Butter British Scones
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12-15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12-15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Brown Butter British Scones
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 210°C.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar until combined.
  3. Add the butter and mix until it is completely distributed and the mixture has a sandy texture to it.
  4. Whisk the milk and egg in a small bowl until combined. Put 2 tbsp of it aside for the egg wash, and pour the rest into a large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir to combine with a spatula, until a rough dough forms.
  6. Knead about 10 times on a lightly-floured surface until the dough comes together into a smooth ball.
  7. Roll the dough about an inch thick and use a round cutter to cut circles. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more.
  8. Place the scones onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and brush the tops with the egg wash.
  9. Bake the scones for 12-15 minutes, until about tripled in height, and golden brown on the tops and bottoms.

3 Comments

  1. 1st May 2018 / 10:28 pm

    This looks so so delicious! We don’t have any brown sugar but now I’m curious to taste it and try it out! Please do a recipe on yummy biscuits. I’m a tea fanatic and always fancy a ‘scit (biscuits nickname, we’re THAT close) with my cuppa.

  2. Candice Petersen
    2nd May 2018 / 7:01 am

    This looks so good! I love scones!

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

    • Kaylyn van As
      2nd May 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you! Me too. x

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