- Danilo Alfaro of About Culinary Arts has created an illustrated guide to making scones. It's a great starting point for new scone bakers and a good refresher for those who have already baked their fair share of scones.
- Amy Lawrence (afternoon tea cookbook author and founder of An Afternoon to Remember) shared her advanced tips for making scones with me a while back. She has years of experience and many, many customers who stand by her scone-making techniques.
- Elaine Lemm of About British & Irish Food posted these helpful these scone-making tips. It's a quick read and it covers all the basics. In a separate article, she also covers the history and culture of British scones. Fascinating!
Plain scones can be a fantastic way to showcase lemon curd, homemade jam, Devonshire cream or as a good Strawberry Shortcake. You can also use Amy's scone-making tips to adapt plain scone recipes into more complex scone recipes. And, although we usually think of scones as something you pair with tea, plain scones are delicious with paired with Costa Rican coffee.
- Cream Scones are about as basic as it gets.
- Buttermilk Scones are an ideal accompaniment to a complex cup of coffee or tea.
- These Irish Scones can be made plain or with nuts or dried fruit.
- Simply Scones are just waiting to be spiced up with additional ingredients. Get creative with them!
- This Basic Scones recipe includes variations with fruit and cheese.
- If you're looking for a basic, start-to-finish recipe for topped scones, check out Scones With Jam & Cream.
Dried fruit scones are enormously popular, in part because they are incredibly easy to make and they can be made any time of year. These dried fruit scone recipes range from classic to avant-garde:
- This Dried Fruit Scones Video explains how to make dried fruit scones with cherries and berries. Check it out if you're an audio-visual learner or you're new to scone making.
- These Easy Ginger-Orange Scones are made with crystallized ginger and candied orange peel, and can be prepared in about 20 minutes.
- These Berry Vegan Scones can be made with a variety of berries, including dried cherries, dried cranberries, raisins and dried black currants.
- Granny's Irish Scones can be made with raisins or currants.
- These Raisin Scones are made with buttermilk and a touch of nutmeg, while these Cinnamon Raisin Scones are portioned for those cooking for two. I'd suggest trying either with a Keemun, Uva or Darjeeling Second Flush black tea.
- These Easy Raisin Scones are made with melted butter or margarine. That means they are absurdly easy to make (but it also means they'll probably turn out flatter than they would with cold butter or margarine).
- Easy Vegan Cranberry Lemon Scones are simple to make and great with Ceylon black teas.
- Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Scones have a lightly sweet flavor. Try them with green tea or an iced Nilgiri black tea.
- These Cranberry Orange Scones are buttery and dense -- and perfect for winter!
- Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Blueberry Scones are a healthier option for those watching their diets.
- These Apricot Scones are as diminutive as they are delicious. Try them with a Darjeeling Second Flush black tea or an Oriental Beauty Oolong.
- Sweet Apricot Scones with Streusel Topping are decadent, easy to make and ideal with Darjeeling Second Flush black tea. For a fluffier scones, try making them with cold butter instead of melted butter.
- Pineapple Raisin Scones with Passionfruit Glaze can be made anytime of year, thanks to the use of dried pineapple and passionfruit juice. Try them with a brisk Sencha green tea.
When fresh fruit is in season, it can be a splendid addition to scones. From strawberries to pumpkins, there are all kinds of fresh ingredients you can incorporate into your scones.
- Cinnamon Apple Scones use fresh apples and cinnamon sugar for a warming flavor that's great with many herbal infusions and black teas.
- Pecan-Pumpkin Scones and Pumpkin Scones With Orange Icing are perfect for fall. They can be paired with a wide range of black teas and are delicious with rooibos.
- Vegan Pumpkin Scones use pureed pumpkin in lieu of buttermilk and other dairy products. They're great with spiced black tea blends.
- These classic Cranberry Scones include fresh cranberries and walnuts or pecans. Try them with a dried fruit herbal infusion, hibiscus "tea" or a Ceylon black tea.
- Pumpkin-Ginger Scones are ideal with wintery teas, like masala chai and other spiced blends.
- Lemon Blueberry Scones are a slight twist on classic blueberry scones. Pair them with Earl Grey or Ceylon black teas.
- Blueberry Buttermilk Scones are a classic afternoon tea scone.
- Amy Lawrence's Blueberry Peach Scones use summer-ripe peaches and blueberries for an unparalleled flavor.
- Strawberry Almond Scones are versatile summertime scones. To shake things up, pair them with a vegetal Japanese green tea. (Likewise, the more unconventional Black Pepper & Strawberry Scones are great with Japanese green teas.)
- Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Scones use dairy-free soy margarine and coconut milk in lieu of dairy ingredients. They're fantastic with Mexican and Ethiopian coffees.
- Vegan Coconut Scones use shredded coconut and virgin coconut oil for a deep coconut flavor that's great with coffee, black tea and some green teas and oolongs.
- Raspberry White Chocolate Scones are ideal for breakfast or afternoon tea. If you want pink scones, try pureeing the raspberries before you mix them in.
- These White Chocolate-Orange Scones are made with orange flower and are fantastic with Middle Eastern desserts or with classic afternoon tea fare.