Double Ginger Scones

May 30: National Scone Day

Highlander’s Mum pronounces “scone” like the word “con” but we say it like “cone”. Either pronunciation is acceptable—and it also depends on the region, according to studies and surveys.

Highlander’s Mum is from Ontario, Canada. Her father (Highlander’s grandfather) emigrated from Scotland, where scones originated. Scone is pronounced like “con” there and in the majority of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. In the Republic of Ireland, Italy and USA, people pronounce scone like “cone”.

Inspired by the double pronunciation of scone, we made double ginger scones for National Scone Day. This recipe has both crystallized ginger and ground ginger as ingredients, which make this scone a spicy sweet treat for teatime.

Now, how do you pronounce scone?

Recipe

(Adapted from Tea Time Magazine)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour, all purpose
  • ½ cup sugar, granulated white
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cold salted, cut into small pieces
  • 3-5 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped finely
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • sliced or slivered almonds

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder, ground ginger and salt. Cut in the cold butter and mix into the flour with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Blend in three tablespoons of chopped crystallized ginger. In a separate cup, beat the egg yolk with almond milk. Pour in the milk mixture into the flour and blend until smooth, being careful not to overwork the dough. Turn out dough onto a clean, slightly floured surface. Knead four or five times (if too dry, add a little more almond milk mixture; if too wet, add a little more flour).

Roll out to ¼ inch thickness and cut with a 2-inch round fluted cutter, re-rolling the scraps as necessary. Place scones two inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with extra chopped crystallized ginger and almonds. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden brown, testing with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm.

 Notes

  • We like to get our ginger overload by drinking lemon ginger tea with double ginger scones.
  • Search our blog for other scones recipes.

Candied Orange Peel and

Golden Raisins Scones

May 30:National Scone Day

Every spring, Islander attends a teatime-themed gathering with 20 members of the local library’s culinary book club. Everyone gets a chance to wear a hat or fascinator, sample different types of teas and exchange teatime recipes. She and her friends enjoy the variety of sandwiches, sweets, savories and scones. As clotted and Devonshire creams are not readily available in our area, plain scones are often replaced with flavored scones, like these candied orange peel and golden raisins scones. Club members enjoy scones with exotic/unusual ingredients, so their interests are piqued even more when told that this recipe contains orange liqueur!

Add this scone to your recipe repertoire and try making it with candied orange peel and golden raisins for teatime as well as on National Scone Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Martha Stewart)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup candied orange peel, diced
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated (about 1 orange)
  • 2 cups cake flour (not self rising), sifted
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, unsalted, cut into small pieces
  • 1 /4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, granulated white
  • 1 tablespoon @ 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt (we used Hawaiian sea salt)
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 eggs (divided use)
  • sanding sugar

Directions

Chop the candied orange peel and place in a bowl with the golden raisins. Pour orange liqueur over it. Zest the orange. Mix it with the fruits. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The liqueur should be absorbed before using in the recipe.

In a large bowl, combine the cake flour and all purpose flour. Divide in half into a large and smaller bowl. In the large bowl, mix the pieces of butter with the flour using a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs. In the smaller bowl, stir in the sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour this back into the large bowl and continue mixing until it resembles coarse meal.

In another bowl, beat one egg and one egg yolk, saving the egg white to brush the tops of the scones before baking. Mix the cream into the egg.

Pour this in the middle of the flour mixture. Stir gently until dough sticks together. Do not overwork the dough or the scones will be hard. Fold in the fruit mixture in thirds, incorporating it into the dough until well mixed. Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Gently use a rolling pin to flatten to an inch thick.

Use a 2-inch round cutter to cut out scones, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet two inches apart. Beat the egg white. Brush it over the tops of the scones. Sprinkle sanding sugar on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree F for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven. Serve warm. Store leftovers in airtight container. Yield: 1 – 1 ½ dozen scones.

Notes

  • Plan ahead with this recipe by preparing the fruit-liqueur mixture overnight. Then make the scones for breakfast or brunch the next day.
  • Search our blog for other scones recipes.

Cinnamon Chip Scones

May 30:National Scone Day

We have baked and eaten many different types of scones—both sweet and savory—for breakfast and snack time. But this one containing cinnamon chips is one of our favorites that we almost always include them in our teatime menu when we welcome guests to our home. Although Islander does most of the baking at our house, Highlander helps out when it comes to making scones. He feels he is adding his Scottish touch to them and proudly points out his culture’s culinary heritage when we serve them, which is a good conversation starter after he says grace over the meal.

Add these sweet cinnamon chip scones to your repertoire of scone recipes for National Scone Day.

 Recipe

(Adapted from TeaTime magazine)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose, not self-rising)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) butter, salted and cold
  • ¾ cup cinnamon chips (we used Hershey’s brand cinnamon baking chips)
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • turbinado or sanding sugar (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter and blend until it resembles coarse crumbs.

In a measuring cup, mix the cream with vanilla to infuse the flavors. Pour in the whipping cream mixture and gently blend until moist, adding a tablespoon at a time if the dough is too dry. Avoid over-mixing or the scones will be tough. Knead the dough into a ball.

Place dough on a clean, lightly-floured surface. Roll out to ½-inch thick. Use round or triangular shaped cutters. Re-roll scraps. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking pan about two inches apart. Brush scones with a little cream (it adds a little shine and color to them).

Sprinkle sugar on top (optional). Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven and serve warm plain or with butter or clotted cream.

Notes

  • Search our blog for other sweet and savory scones recipes.

Queen Elizabeth’s Drop Scones

October 12, 2018: The Royal Wedding Day of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank

Those who live on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean and are planning to follow the second British royal wedding of the year must wake up really early to watch any news reports due to time differences. A simple British-inspired breakfast with tea and scones would make still-sleepy fans rise and shine for the celebration of marriage between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (a low-key event compared to her cousin Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19).

We have made many royal recipes for our blog before and are now including Queen Elizabeth’s own drop scones for this occasion. Also known as Scotch pancakes (which are basically like American-style “silver dollars”), Her Majesty served these to U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower when he visited her at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1959. Her old family recipe is included in the National Archives.

Drop scones/Scotch pancakes/silver dollars are a perfect option for celebrating the royal wedding early in the morning or for a tea time breakfast or brunch. Congratulations to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on their wedding day!

Recipe

(Adapted from Town and Country magazine)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (superfine preferred)
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (we used European/Irish style unsalted butter)

Directions

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar. Add half the milk. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients.

Mix in the remaining milk and melted butter. Drop by tablespoonsful on a greased griddle/skillet/pan on medium high heat. Do not overcrowd the pan if cooking in batches. Use a spatula to flip the scone on the other side when bubbles appear. Cook until golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve warm with jam, jelly, clotted cream, butter or syrup.

Notes

  • Queen Elizabeth’s original recipe uses teacups for measurements. We have converted them to modern cup measurements above.
  • Search our blog for other royal recipes filed under the British/English/Tea Time section of our Theme Menus.

Bacon Cheddar Scallion Scones

Bacon Cheddar Scones

May 30: National Scone Day

Our typical tea time tray includes sweet treats. But we decided to try something savory and substantial, such as bacon cheddar scallion scones, instead. Similar to bread-biscuits, they add balance to the sweet scones we normally have with our tea. For a fuller and formal tea time, add finger sandwiches, desserts and scones—sweet and savory—and make this meal a big deal! Or for a simple snack, bake bacon cheddar scallion scones on National Scone Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from King Arthur Flour)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup scallions, finely chopped (green part only)
  • 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk

Directions

Grate the cheese, cook and crumble the bacon and chop the scallions. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Add the sugar to the flour mixture. Cut in the butter pieces and mix until they resemble coarse crumbs. Stir in the grated cheese, bacon and scallions. Gradually add the cream or milk (more or less may be needed, depending on your kitchen temperature and humidity). The scone dough should be able to stick together. If it is too dry, add a little more milk. If it is too wet, add a little more flour.

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Form the dough into a ball. Transfer to a clean surface dusted with flour. Pat the dough ball into a disc. Gently flatten to ¾ inch thick. Place the disc on a lightly greased baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to cut into eight wedges. Spread them apart from each other so they do not stick together when they rise slightly while baking. Brush the tops with a little cream or milk. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F at 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven. Cool on the pan. Separate the wedges. Arrange on a tea tray. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Notes

  • National Scone Day is observed in Australia on May 30 but we join the mates Down Under by posting this recipe in the blogosphere and World Wide Web!
  • Bacon may be fried to a crisp, then chopped finely. We used fully-cooked bacon from the package and chopped it up. Real bacon bits (found in the salad section of the grocery store) may also be used.
  • Scallions/green onions may be substituted for snipped fresh chives.
  • Wedge-shaped scones are traditional but the dough may be cut in rounds as well.
  • Search our blog for other scone and tea time recipes.

Currant Scones

Currant Scones 

May 30: National Scone Day

Of all the scone recipes we have tried, these currant scones are Highlander’s favorite because it is both flavorful and fragrant. They are also moist, light and lower in fat than other traditional currant scones. We bake them for breakfast, have them as a Scottish-style snack, eat them as a tea time treat and make them to commemorate National Scone Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Great Good Food by Julee Rosso)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup currants
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions

Plump up the currants by soaking them in orange juice for an hour. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Blend in the buttermilk, canola oil and vanilla. Add the soaked currants with the orange juice. Do not overmix the batter or the scones will become hard.

Currant Scones

Using a small cookie dough scoop, drop the scones on a lightly greased baking sheet about two inches apart. Or fill halfway with batter the cavities of a buttered mini scone pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Scones may be served warm, if preferred.

Currant Scones

Notes

  • We halved the original recipe to serve just the two of us but bake the whole batch for breakfast when Highlander’s family comes to visit.
  • We bought our mini scone pan from Williams-Sonoma.
  • Search our blog for more scone recipes.

Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones

May 30: National Scone Day

Highlander’s Mum, a first generation Scottish-Canadian, often takes her tea with shortbread biscuits (cookies) or scones. The latter are a traditional Scottish teatime treat that is actually a sweet or savory quick bread and have become a popular snack at coffee shops as well. We usually make homemade scones for breakfast but also prepare them when Mum visits so we can relax together over a cup of tea or coffee. Although we have baked a variety of scones (recipes will appear in future blog posts), we chose to feature a simple sweet scone containing dried cranberries for National Scone Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Taste of Home)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ – ½ cup dried cranberries
  • coarse sugar to sprinkle on top of the scones

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt. Cut in the cold butter pieces and mix until it has a crumb-like texture.

Cranberry Scones

In a small bowl, beat the egg. In a measuring cup, measure the milk. Then add two tablespoons of the beaten egg to the milk. Mix the egg and milk and pour into the crumb mixture. Blend until moistened. Add the cranberries and combine well.

Cranberry Scones

Place the dough onto a floured surface. Knead gently to form a 6-inch round. Slice into four wedges for large scones or eight wedges for mini scones. Separate the wedges. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush the top of the scones with the remaning beaten egg.

Cranberry Scones

Sprinkle the tops of the scones with coarse sugar. Bakes in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until brown, being careful not to burn the underside of the scones. Remove from the oven and serve warm with fruit preserves/jams or clotted cream.

Cranberry Scones

Notes

  • Australia celebrates National Scone Day on May 30. But we think this food holiday should go global!
  • Search our blog for other scone recipes.