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Ginger Cream Scones

Ginger Cream Scones

I discovered a delicious recipe for 'Cream Scones' several years ago, in 'The Joy of Cooking.' Since then, I have made these scones with the variations suggested in the book, as well as some of my own devising -- to the delight of family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers, for whom I bake batches regularly (not only because the scones themselves are so delicious, but also because the recipe is so simple to make).

The Christmas 2003 issue of 'Fine Cooking' magazine carried a recipe for 'Double Ginger Scones.' I adapted that recipe to my simpler 'Cream Scones', and am pleased to offer the following for your consideration. I must also say, that every one of these recipes has benefited from the unparalleled quality of The Spice House’s ingredients -- which I order regularly from my home in Canada.

I am invariably thrilled with any of the spices, herbs, or extracts I order, and enjoy browsing through the extremely helpful catalogue, or the equally helpful information provided on the website. The quality of the products, and of the service of the staff of The Spice House has earned my admiration and loyalty as a customer. Thank you.

Submitted by: Susan from Thornhill, Ontario
Yield: 12 Scones


Featured in this Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose pre-sifted flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional whipping cream, and 2 tablespoons of sugar, mixed with generous pinch of ground ginger for topping)
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy (whipping) cream

Preparation Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

3. Add the whipping cream.

4. Mix with a spatula, and once the cream has been well incorporated, knead lightly against the sides of the bowl until the dough holds together in a ball.

5. Remove from bowl and shape into an 8 or 9-inch round disk, about 3/4 of an inch thick.

6. Brush top of shaped dough with whipping cream and sprinkle with gingered sugar.

7. Deeply score round into wedges (pie slices).

8. Bake in center of oven for 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, break into triangle pieces along scored lines. Serve warm with clotted cream, butter, jam, or all three. Scones should be eaten soon after baking, but are good the next day as well.

More About This Recipe

Cranberry/Orange: replace ginger with ½ cup dried cranberries and 1-2 teaspoons orange zest. Add 1/4 tsp. of orange extract to the whipping cream before adding it to the dried ingredients. Add 1/4 teaspoon orange zest to the 2 tablespoons of sugar for the topping. Sour cherry/Almond: replace ginger with 1/2 cup dried sour cherries. Add 1/4 tsp. almond extract to the whipping cream before adding it to the dry ingredients. After sprinkling on 2 tablespoons. Spinkle top with sliced blanched almonds that have been sautéed in a little butter and sugar. Blueberry/lemon: replace ginger with 1/2 cup fresh, frozen, or dried blueberries and 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (or more, to taste). Add 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract to whipping cream. Add 1/4 tsp. lemon zest to the 2 tablespoons of sugar for the topping, Apple: replace ginger with 1/2 chopped apple (Royal Gala, or Granny Smith are very nice). Add 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (or cinnamon, or combination of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg) to the dry ingredients. Add 1/4 teaspoon of apple pie spice to the 2 tablespoons of sugar for the topping.

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Based on 2 reviews

Customer Reviews

Charlene Dalton

Make these every year for Christmas morning. Just came looking for a clean copy of the recipe!

Helen S

I made this today for the first time. I had never made scones before and wasn’t expecting such a moist result, based on scones I had eaten from bakeries. This was absolutely delicious!! I followed the recipe exactly. The ginger flavor is not overpowering, but not too subtle, either. Perfect! This was so simple to make and I am so pleased with how they turned out. I think next time I may try using raw granulated sugar mixed with ground ginger to sprinkle on top for additional texture and presentation.

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