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Not-Your-Coffee-Shop Scones

Try serving these traditional English-style scones with butter, Devonshire cream, and jam. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

  • Yield: Makes 12 scones
Not-Your-Coffee-Shop Scones

Source: Mad Hungry, December 2010


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for glazing
  • 1/3 cup currants or other dried fruit, cut into pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter or line 2 rimmed baking sheets.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another large bowl, beat together the buttermilk, egg, and sugar.

  3. Stir two thirds of the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture. Gradually add the melted butter, incorporating it thoroughly into the mixture. Stir in the remaining flour mixture and the currants. The dough should be slightly stiff. Add a little more flour if needed.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a clean, well-floured surface and gently knead for under a minute. (Overkneading the dough will make it tough.) Separate the dough into 3 equal parts. Shape each part into a thick 5-inch circle. With a sharp knife, cut the circles into quarters. Arrange the wedges on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about an inch apart. Brush with some melted butter and generously sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Reviews (1)

  • claritygolden 9 Feb, 2011

    I made these ahead for a brunch. (Froze unbaked on cookie sheets until hard, then put in a plastic bag.) I baked for a few extra minutes and they came out fantastic--light, tender, and buttery. I was a little too conservative with the butter and sugar topping. Make sure you really slather that butter on and sprinkle the sugar generously because the dough itself is not terribly sweet. I also used chopped dried cherries as I didn't have currents, and they were a huge hit. Great simple recipe!

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