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How to rub butter into flour to make scones

How to rub butter into flour

You’ve seen it written in recipes for making pastry, scones or sweet buns, but what’s the correct way to rub butter into flour to get the best result? Check out the simple images below, so you can nail the technique of how to rub butter into flour and get your best baking result every time.

How to rub butter into flour steps
How to rub butter into flour

Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour.


How to rub butter into flour

Lift your fingers above the bowl while rubbing to aerate the mixture

Top tips to remember
  1. Chop and chill your butter
  2. Keep handling to a minimum when ‘pinching’ the butter into the flour
  3. Aerate the mixture by rubbing the flour and butter above the bowl
Hot tip

Here’s a tip to remember next time you’re baking. No need to fret if you’ve realised you have no block butter handy, simply use spreadable instead. It still gives fabulous results, in fact spreadable was used in the delicious scones recipes below.

Now you’ve got the technique down pat, here are some recipes to try it in…


Buttermilk and Vanilla Bean Scone Recipe – Western Star



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