First, I didn’t have an intention to post these; they were made as a quick and informal eat-at-home snack. The scones were not attractive enough to be given away, but tasted pretty good. My son pointed that nothing should be judged by its look. So, at my son’s insistence, here’s the recipe below.
Makes 8 to 12 (depends on how you score the dough)
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 4 tbsp (½ stick; 55g) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
- ½ cup finely chopped dry prunes
- 1 cup buttermilk, cold + about 1 tbsp for brushing
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- About 1 tbsp raw coarse sugar (like turbinado)
Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
In a large bowl, whisk the first 9 ingredients. Add the butter and work into the flour using a pastry blender or your fingers (my preference here). Don’t be too heavy-handed, small butter pieces are still should be present. Add the chopped prunes, mix to combine. In a glass liquid-measuring cup, combine 1 cup of buttermilk and the vanilla extract, then pour into the dry ingredients, stirring with a fork. The dough will be sticky; that’s the way it should be. Transfer the dough onto a generously floured surface, and fold it over 3-4 times. Transfer the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten into a 9-inch round (I formed it into a square for a change, but round is a quicker way). Score the dough with a back of a large knife into wedges (8, if you prefer larger scones or up to 12). Brush with the remaining buttermilk and sprinkle with the raw sugar. Bake for about 30-32 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a rack until warm. They are the best freshly baked, still warm and buttered.
May 28, 2011 at 2:37 am
Your son sounds wise! Scones aren’t exactly the most attractive things, but certainly cheap and cheerful. A great way to fill the bellies of guests. Strawberry jam and cream…. here I come!
November 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm
I love the look of these scones! Even more, I love that I think they would be TOTALLY easy to make dairy free, gluten free and sugar free. Thanks for sharing – I just stumbled across your site, and I can’t wait to come back for more inspiration! I can’t wait to try a me-friendly version of this recipe : )
-Kim // affairsofliving.blogspot.com
November 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm
Thank you all for your words!
November 9, 2009 at 5:59 am
I think these look delicious and rather attractive in thier own speckled way. I love the nutty flavour of buckwheat and prunes so will give these a go.
November 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm
Here is my version of them; see what you think!
November 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm
I don’t know…I think these scones are totally attractive enough to give away! They are beautiful in a “healthy” way :)
November 6, 2009 at 10:35 am
Smart Son! Glad he shared this shred of wisdom & his mom listened! These look and sound so healthy! Would love to see less “good looking” recipe gems posted here… I love this healthy alternative..
November 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm
and he is right..they don’t even lokk so bad and must taste wonderful
November 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm
Thank you, everyone, for the kind comments!
Shikha Kaiwar, I’m so glad you liked them! I love your twist on them.
November 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm
I just made them, but I halved the amount of sugar and added dates to sweeten them up. They came out great! Plus, I love buckwheat!
November 2, 2009 at 9:17 am
I’m glad you posted them – they look hearty and delicious! Buckwheat and oats are 2 of my favorite ingredients.
November 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm
Mmm, these look just like my kind of thing! Thanks for sharing!
November 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm
I think the only scones I’ve ever eaten are the buttermilk types .. very boring right! These don’t look like scones but does sound really healthy and the addition of brown sugar, nutmeg and prunes do sound yummy!
November 1, 2009 at 8:10 am
These look really delicious and so healthy!
October 31, 2009 at 6:15 am
I love the way it looks homemade and freshly baked. thanks for sharing the recipe and you’ve got a very good picture of it there :)
October 31, 2009 at 5:52 am
What awesome scones! An original recipe!
October 31, 2009 at 4:50 am
thanks for posting these. I am a big fan of buckwheat, and these are gonna be surely on my to make list.
October 31, 2009 at 4:45 am
I ve never made scones! shame on me. These would be the first to try. They look really good. Interesting recipe :)
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October 31, 2009 at 1:43 am
While they’re not the most gorgeous looking scone out there, they don’t look bad at all and they sound delicious. Thank you for posting this!