Buttermilk scones for Bilbo’s birthday

Buttermilk scones with a nice cup of tea
Photos by Yvonne Wancke

September 22nd is International Hobbit Day. Who knew? The date was chosen as it is the joint birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, characters from Tolkein’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I thought that I would mark the day by sharing a recipe, one that would go down well with Hobbits. You may know that Hobbits have six (or possibly seven if you include ‘second breakfasts’) a day. My recipe for buttermilk scones might work nicely for their afternoon tea.


300g self-raising flour

200ml buttermilk

70g butter

Pinch of salt

60g sugar

Tsp vanilla extract

A little extra milk if needed

Sultanas if required


Tip the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter till it looks like breadcrumbs

Add the sugar and a pinch of salt

Add the buttermilk and vanilla (plus a little milk if needed)

Knead – it should be quite soft and it’s what makes these scones so nice. If too soft to roll then add a little more flour. If too dry then add  a dash of milk

Add sultanas if required

Roll out on floured board and cut into rounds

Bake at 180 degrees for 15- 20 mins

The scones going into the oven

Enjoy with a cup of tea and remember:

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” (The Hobbit, JR Tolkein)

The scones just out of the oven

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