Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 12 mins

This recipe is from my favorite celebrity baker, Nick Malgieri! I had the privilege to meet him, and taste his baked goods that he prepared for us, at a baking class in Chapel Hill NC NICKS NOTES: The recipe is deceptively simple—the whole success of these scones lies in not handling the dough too much so that it doesn’t toughen. Mix them with a light hand, and they will be excellent.. He is excellent, and so is his baking! This is a famous Scottish scone recipe, which I have adapted from The Scots Kitchen by F. Marian McNeill (Blackie and Son, 1929-1955). Mrs. Macnab was a farm wife at Ballater, not far from Balmoral, the summer residence of the British royal family. During her lifetime in the late nineteenth century, many of the dignitaries visiting Balmoral, including King Frederick of Prussia, came to tea at Mrs. Macnab’s farmhouse because of the excellence of her scones. Now we can all enjoy them! SERVING: Serve the scones warm from the oven, but not red-hot, with butter or whipped cream and preserves or marmalade. STORAGE: Keep the leftovers in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer and warm them up in the oven or toaster oven before eating. (Leftover scones are not fit for guests, however.) This actually makes 4 cakes of 4 scones each, or 16 individual scones

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Line 2 small cookie sheets or jelly roll pans lined with parchment or foil.
  2. Set racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 425.
  3. Stir together the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Rub in the butter finely, using your hands or a pastry blender.
  4. Use a fork to beat together the egg and buttermilk. Add them to the flour mixture. Use the fork to gently mix in the liquid, scraping up from the bottom of the bowl, with a movement similar to the one used to fold in egg whites. Continue until all the dry ingredients are evenly moistened.
  5. Scrape the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently fold it over on itself 2 or 3 times.
  6. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and press each piece into a 5" disk. Place the disks on the prepared pans, 2 disks to a pan. Use a knife or bench scraper to cut each disk into quarters, but don’t separate the quarters.
  7. Bake the scones until they are well risen and deep golden, about 12-15 minutes.
  8. Leave the scones on the pans to cool for a few minutes.
Most Helpful

These taste really good . Very easy to make too.

YungB March 13, 2012

First timer here - not a baker, not a sconer.... but this recipe has turned my world upside down! OMG YUM! This is the fool's guide to easy (and delicious) scones. In fact, I have since tried Monty's Spinach-Cheese Scones and the additional ingredients were amazing, but the foundation was not so great. From here on out, I will be using Mrs. Macnab’s Scones for my foundation recipe and adding ingredients from here. As an additional note: I used the leftovers for Kittencal's Sausage Sawmill Gravy (With Biscuits). Superb!

Peachie Keene July 20, 2009

Wonderful scones. This is a great recipe and one that has it all. They are low in fat, rise like angels and taste wonderful. They are so quick to make up that they were ready and waiting to bake before the oven had come up to temp. 20 mins start to finish. 12 mins was plenty of time for mine and would have been over done with more but all ovens vary so be sure to check yours at 12 mins. I replaced the sugar with Splenda and used lemon juice soured skim milk. They couldn't have been prettier and I love that they aren't too sweet. Oh, I should mention that I made 6 scones. If your a scone loved you must try this one.

Annacia March 14, 2009