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Scones are incredibly delicious morning pastries that are a sweet addition to breakfast or brunch, or enjoyed anytime with a cup of tea or coffee. While some bakeries make some good scones, homemade scones, when made well, will far surpass your expectations of what a scone could ever be.

The two recipes in this Instructable, a cranberry lemon scone, and an apricot orange ginger scone, are two of my favorites and will help you cook up some of the best scones you've ever tasted.

These recipes have been modified slightly, but were originally published in Bon Apetit in the November 1998 issue.

Many thanks to my friend and expert pasty chef Val who helped me make this batch of tasty scones.

Step 1: Recipe

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Instructions for making two different types of scones are shown in this Instructable, so don't be put off if you see a picture of an ingredient that doesn't correlate to the exact amount required from the recipe.

One is a cranberry lemon scone, and the other is a apricot orange ginger scone. Use the recipe below as a starting point, and vary it with whatever ingredients you like!

Cranberry Lemon Scones

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chilled buttermilk
Apricot Orange Ginger Scones

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried or fresh apricot (if using fresh apricot add in 2-3 tablespoons more flour)
  • 1 cup chilled buttermilk
imdehaas made it!24 days ago
Awesome flaky scones. I added chocolate chips instead of cranberries. Turned out amazing
TheJenx3 years ago
DELICIOUS recipe. I didn't have all the cranberries/ginger/etc so I also made a batch of apple cinnamon scones, using your recipe as a base, and they were absolutely heavenly. About to make batch two as well and try it with blueberry next!
TheJenx TheJenx3 years ago
Note for future chefs wiser than I: if you make these with blueberries, ADD THE BLUEBERRIES AFTER THE BUTTERMILK.

My blueberries are squished, my scones are purple, and they still aren't mixed as well as the apple cinnamon ones. Oh well. They still taste good!
miaspamm6 years ago
They're in the oven right now! They smell amazing! I can't wait to try them with the honey butter I whipped up.
I just ate 3. They are AMAZING.. Yummm. My mom say they're are better than scones that you buy from stores. I made them with apple cinnamon. I diced 2 apples, and added lots of sugar and cinnamon. YUM!
Mmmm, scones.
meggymoo6 years ago
They look awesome. Nothing like a good cream tea to make me feel all britishy and hoorah about things. yum
canida6 years ago
Mmmm, those look excellent! Any leftovers?

I'll still put in a plug for Cream Scones as being just about the best thing ever. They're exceptionally light, and don't involve any of that messy creaming in of solid butter chunks.
noahw (author)  canida6 years ago
But the cream scones recipe has no butter! I mean, have you ever just eaten a chunk of butter? Without a doubt, butter is the best thing ever.
red-king noahw6 years ago
yes... butter is awesome... i blame it for my overweightness....
jeff-o red-king6 years ago
Ever had freshly churned butter? OMG.
hahahaha, i just ate one of those like 5 seconds ago...
jakee1176 years ago
mmmmmmm *drools* gonna have to make these!
Doctor What6 years ago
What's the tattoo of?
aphrael6 years ago
oh man, I LOVE scones... They don't really sell them that much here, you really have to go out of your way to look for them I guess. But I guess I can try making them myself :D
spicy_puppy6 years ago
Went to Ireland for a conference and discovered that they made scones in cupcake shapes/forms.... amazing,smart and handy if you would like to move them around, treating colleagues and such.
Yummmm... I made some blueberry scones a while ago. They were delicious. I just wasn't so careful with shaping them. I just plopped them on the cookie sheet and baked them. I'll have to try this recipie sometime.
Bartboy6 years ago
I might actuallly make it! It looks GREAT!