Friday

Cinnamon Scones with Raspberry Butter





You probably have your favorite recipe for scones, so I'll just provide a link to the recipe I used for these. It's a basic scone recipe with ground cinnamon and a little pure vanilla extract added to the dough for a variation.



But the real star here is the Raspberry Butter.

I use my recipe for BETTER BUTTER here, but regular softened butter or margarine can be used. You can make it as sweet or not, whatever you prefer.





I like mine blended with just some Raspberry Jam or Preserves, and if you have some fresh raspberries on hand you can mash them and add them to the mix, then blend well with a fork, food processor or hand mixer.




Add honey, maple syrup, confectioner's sugar or light Karo syrup to taste if you like a sweeter spread.






This recipe is very similar to the one I used for the mini-scones.



My changes to the recipe: I substituted Half & Half or heavy cream for the milk, then patted the dough out on a lightly floured board and cut them with scalloped heart-shaped biscuit cutters.


I used two alternate topping methods this time, but here is the topping I usually add to my cinnamon scones before baking:


Topping:

1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted


Combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush scones with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Transfer scones to cookie sheet and bake as directed.



But this time I brushed all of the scone tops with cream, sprinkled some with large grained "Sparkling" sugar, and left the others plain, then baked.


While still quite warm I drizzled tinted sugar-cream icing* on the ones I had left plain.






*Sugar-Cream Icing ~

Confectioners Sugar and Milk or Cream


Add just enough milk or cream to confectioners sugar to achieve a thick consistency, just loose enough to drizzle from a spoon or fork.

Tip: Start with a little liquid, you can always add more.

Tint mixture with food color if desired. Blend well and apply to warm scones.





There are so many fine scone recipes available, both sweet and savory. Two others I really like are from The Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten, and the Silver Palate Cookbooks.



A question...
Do you have a favorite scone recipe, or favorite scone flavors? I'd love to learn about yours. As always, thank you for your comments!















19 comments:

  1. Oh Mary what a pretty girlie post..With Valentine's right around the corner..Inspiring!
    Love scones..
    I make a few kinds..I guess the lemon yogurt scones I make from a B and B we stayed at in Ontario would be my favorite for the memory of the weekend trip.

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  2. I sure wish I had one (maybe two) of these beautiful scones right now! The heart shape and pink icing just says "love" to me so hope your special love enjoyed them with you ;-)

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  3. Those are some really pretty babies...would love one now with a cup of tea...so feminine! I do not get to see much pink here in this den of testosterone!:X
    My favorite scone recipe is from America's Test Kitchen...their Cream Scone recipe...I make others but that has been my T & T for several years now...
    Love your pics Mary as always!
    L xoxox

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  4. Gorgeous post .... each picture is delightful and I always enjoy a raspberry photo with the little whiskers/hairs, very nice.

    The scones and butter look delicious. But, my thoughts keep going back to what a glorious banner for your blog any of those pictures would make around Valentine's Day.

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  5. oh mary, i hate scones, they taste like lead to me, but if i saw this plate i would swoon! sooooooo pretty, every shot is gorgeous!

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  6. Gorgeous as always, Mari.
    I love love love LOVE scones! On my website I've posted *five* different recipes for scones. To say which one is my favorite would be like declaring a favorite child LOL.

    Smooch!
    ~Em

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  7. Mari,
    What a delicious looking desert! The berries look SO juicy, they would "pop" if I touch the screen!
    I am a "Foody" of sorts and LOVE your blog site! I will be visiting often to enjoy the salivation LOL!

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  8. Beautiful - what a treat those must be!

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  9. Mari, these are SO pretty! They look delicious, too.
    I haven't made scones in much too long...In my favorite recipe (from Gourmet magazine) you plump currants in earl grey tea so that you get a tiny bit of that flavor in the scone. The other recipe I've made flavors the scones with dried cranberries and Marsala. Oooh, I haven't made those in a long time. I'll do it soon and post the recipe.
    You are inspiring me as always!
    Audrey

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  10. Oh my gosh, these look so beautiful (like everything you make!)!! That raspberry butter sounds delicious and a great idea. It would hve never occured to me to serve scones with a dip on the side. What a fun idea!

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  11. So pretty !!!! I love spiced chocolate scones with streusel topping xoxox CLarice


    http://storybookwoods.typepad.com/storybook_woods/2008/04/spiced-chocolat.html

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  12. My favorite is raspberry! Not that I'd turn down any others :)

    Yours are perfect!

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  13. Fabulous scones!

    I love pumpkin scones!

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  14. These are little works of art, Mary, but that's what your food always looks like to me. My favorite scones have dried cherries and nuts.

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  15. Your scones are lovely! I do love a flavored butter, so much more exciting!

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  16. I love the shot at the bottom with the raspberry on top of the pattern . . . so delicately placed, and at first I thought maybe you'd done something super fancy with some raspberry juice and a toothpick! =)

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  17. Your scones look yummy - and pretty too. My favorite is ginger scones. Just add 1/4 cup of finely chopped candied ginger to your basic recipe.

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  18. I so love scones. Thanks for pointing me to this recipe! Now, to try an orange/cranberry version.

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