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Raisin Scones Recipe


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Raisin Scones are a popular type of scone for afternoon tea. Since they use dried fruit, they are a great choice for winter.

Lindsey Goodwin
This easy Raisin Scones Recipe is one of the most popular scones recipes on About Coffee / Tea. It's an easy-to-make buttermilk scone recipe, and the raisins plump up nicely as they bake. I often make them in winter, when fresh, local fruits are less readily available.

For an added treat, serve Raisin Scones with coffee or one of my top ten teas for afternoon tea and with jam, clotted cream, Devonshire cream or cinnamon butter.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: About 12 scones


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs baking powder
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut up
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • About 3/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. The mixture is done when it resembles coarse cornmeal.
  4. Stir in the raisins, and then stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. With minimal stirring, mix in just enough buttermilk to make the dough stick together. It will be crumbly and there should still be a little bit of dry flour left in the mixing bowl.
  6. Turn the dough out on a heavily floured cutting board.
  7. Knead the dough for about a minute. When it is done, it should be easy to handle and smooth.
  8. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 3/4"-thick slab.
  9. Cut the dough into triangles that are 3" long on each side.
  10. Transfer the scones to a buttered baking sheet and brush the tops with egg whites.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. (Optional: Turn pan halfway through baking.)
  12. Cool on the baking sheet.

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