Basic Scones Recipe

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Categories: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, English, French, Fruit, Grain, Snack

Submitted By: Stephen from Des Moines.

Basic Scones Notes

After searching all over for "the real scone recipe" I synthesized my own. It lends itself well to personalizing with your own additions: sweet spices, dried fruits, peels, extracts, almost all available in the best quality from The Spice House.

  • 2 cups flour (may use all or part whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon (double this for cinnamon scones)
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins, or regular raisins, or dried cranberries, or other bite-sized dried fruit
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Serves / Yields

12 large scones

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the consistency of grains of sand.

Remove into bowl. Add dried fruit.

Beat buttermilk, eggs and extracts.

Stir into dry ingredients only until a smooth dough is formed. Do not overbeat.

Drop by heaping tablespoonsful onto a greased baking sheet or parchment paper (I like the parchment paper because there's less clean-up.).

Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Helpful Hints

This scone recipe really lends itself to "tinkering" and personalizing. Play with it. Add whatever you like (but please not chocolate chips if you want any authenticity).

1 teaspoon orange extract is added when cranberries are the fruit.

Other combinations might include: almond extract with chopped almonds, or walnuts with raisins.

Quick Shopping List

Vietnamese "Saigon" Cassia Cinnamon, Cracked or Ground
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup in shaker jar, net 2 oz.
Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract
Pure Extract
4 fluid ounce

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Mike M. Said:

This scone recipe reads like a pancake recipe. I followed it accurately and ended up with a cinnamon flavored flat muffin. It like a pancake and It does not come close to a traditional scone in taste or texture.

Make it Again? Mike M. would not make this recipe again.