Scottish Buttermilk Steel Cut Oat Scones

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

Steel cut oats are my new passion. I haven't tried this recipe yet, but will shortly. It comes from Bob's Red Mill, an excellent brand of healthy grains, etc. The recipe seems a tad fussy, but my mouth waters just thinking about the yummy (and healthy) end result.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Place the oats in a pie pan and toast them for 20 minutes, stirring often to toast evenly and not burn.
  3. Remove when slightly golden.
  4. Combine oats with buttermilk in a small bowl and let stand for 20 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, sugar, baking powder, salt and dried currants.
  6. Reset the oven to 400F degrees.
  7. Butter a baking sheet.
  8. Using a pastry blender, cut the 4 tablespoons butter into the flour until the texture is coarsely crumbled.
  9. Stir in the buttermilk/oat mixture until combined.
  10. Flour your hands and scoop up the dough, forming it into a ball. Do not overmix.
  11. Press the ball of dough directly into the pan, then press into a 3/4" thick circle.
  12. With a sharp knife, score the surface, almost to the bottom, making eight wedges.
  13. Brush the surface with milk and sprinkle a bit of sugar and cinnamon on top.
  14. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  15. Cut into wedges.
Most Helpful

I tweaked this recipe because when I added the 1/2 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup wheat flour and 1/4 cup white flour - it just wasn't enough to make a dough - I got a watery glob of stuff after I added the soaked steel cut oats. I added more flour and an egg - about a cup more flour in total and still that wasn't just enough and I wound up spooning these onto a baking sheet. The texture was not what I wanted. I have corrected the recipe to reflect the added flour. If you are any kind of baker and have worked with dough, you will see what I mean. The taste of these was ok, but with the revisions (if Food approves) makes this recipe doable. I also added 1 cup of blackberries which made a lot of difference in taste/flavor.

Nolasusan January 17, 2014

I've made a lot of scones and these are extremely dry and bland. 1) One key ingredient that is missing is either an egg or a few more tablespoons of butter to help bind the ingredients together and give the dough more moisture. I added 3 more table spoons of butter 2) Another key element it needs is more sugar. I added a 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. It still wasn't that sweet even with these additions. 3) I would also reduce the amount of oats next time to 3/4 cup unless you like yours super chewy and gritty. Be sure to soak them for at least 25 minutes. I think these simple changes would make the recipe a lot better.

babygoat November 02, 2011

I personally thought these were wonderful, I loved the very grainy texture and the sweetness of the currants. I spread a little olive oil based butter on them while they were still warm and thought they were just great. Those who would prefer a sweeter scone, the type with white flours and icing (also very good) may not fully appreciate this hardy recipe. Thanks so much for posting.

kelly in TO September 02, 2007