Gluten Free Buttermilk Scones




  • 450g gluten free self raising flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1tsp xanthan gum
  • 1tsp bread soda
  • 100g hard butter cubed
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 235ml buttermilk
  • 1medium egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  2. Sieve the flour into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs (or use a food processor).
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the salt and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl/measuring jug, mix together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture.
  6. Use a knife to quickly mix together to form a dough – take care not to overmix.
  7. Tip onto a floured surface and lightly knead (bring together with your hands) a couple of times.
  8. Press out gently to about 4cm thick and cut out rounds with a 7cm or 8cm *scone cutter.
  9. Re-shape the trimmings, until all the dough is used.
  10. Place the scones on to a lightly floured flat baking tray. Add a splash of milk into the buttermilk bowl/jug, and use this to glaze the top of each scone.
  11. Bake for 14-15 mins until golden and well risen.


* I use a 3 1/16 inch (78 mm) round scone cutter

Tip: I like to turn my scones upside down (once baked) and return them to the oven for 1-2 minutes. This ensures that the bottom of the scones are firm rather than soft, and that the scones sound hollow when the base is tapped.

Hello! I’m Niamh a.k.a A Gluten Free Mummy

I’m a Home Economics and SEN teacher from Co. Galway, Ireland. I’m also mummy to Evie-Marie (aged 2) and Páidí (aged 1).

So, why the gluten free food blog?

Well, long story short, from the age of 11 to 16 I was in and out of hospital with severe tummy pains. After every test, probe and medication going – as well as multiple abdominal surgeries – the doctors were still unable to diagnose a cause. On the way home from hospital one day when I was 16 years old, we stopped at a health shop. At her wits end, my mum told the lady working there about my constant abdominal pain, and how the cause couldn’t be found. That wonderful lady took one look at me and said ‘Put her on a gluten free diet immediately’. Overnight, my life changed, and I’ve now been gluten free – and pain free – for almost 20 years.

I’ve always loved to cook and bake, and over the years I’ve adapted many of my favourite family recipes to suit a gluten free diet. I’m passionate about helping others to adapt to a gluten free diet. For many, it’s a daunting prospect, so I hope this website will be a source of information, recipes and support.

Stay safe, happy and gleefully gluten free!

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