Scone Ingredients:

  • 3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Butter or margarine firm-cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup Chopped dates, currants or raisins
  • 1 teaspoon Orange peel -- grated
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Cream -- or milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon -- mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar

Scone Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees; lightly grease baking sheets. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until thoroughly blended. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in the fruit and orange peel. Make a well in the center; add the buttermilk all at once. Stir the mixture with a fork until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. With your hands, gather the dough into a ball; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Using a 2 1/2-inch heart or other shaped cutter, cut into individual scones. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Brush the tops of the scones with cream; sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.

This scone recipe is provided for entertainment purposes and not for redistribution. There may be errors in this publication so before hosting your next tea party, be sure to perfect your preparation method and fine tune your ingredients. Although scones are easy to prepare, there is an art to making them the right consistency and thickness. Don't forget to include Imperial Tea Garden® brand teas at your next tea party.