Raspberry Mega Scones

Raspberry Mega Scones Recipe

We're going to wrap up 2007 with a buttery-sweet bang. The theme: scones. I'm sure many of you will agree, a good scone recipe is an incredibly useful thing to have - crumbly sweet scones in the morning, savory scones dunked in soup later in the day. They're hard to beat. And while I'm sure plenty of you have baked scones, I'm betting very few of you have delved in the realm of the mega scone.

This is a recipe that came out of being one part lazy, and one part determined to come up with something just a little bit different. It goes something like this: roll your scone dough into a slab and instead of cutting scones into triangles or stamping them into shapes, slather the big slab with a generous scoop of chunky jam. Fold the dough inward, like you would a letter. The jam oozes out of the top seam as the big scone is baking, and after it comes out of the oven the pale golden top is brushed with a simple lemon icing that becomes perfectly crusty as the giant scone cools.

Scones Recipe

Broadly speaking this is a scone recipe that is slightly less fussy to make than cookie-cutter shaped scones, and more rustic out of the oven. People can slice off whatever size slice they like. I like them best after they've cooled for a few hours - and they are still plenty delicious the day after baking.

Raspberry Mega Scones Recipe

This particular scone recipe lends itself to endless combinations. I used raspberry jam here because of its color and flavor, but use whatever you have on hand - the chunkier the better. If you can't be bothered with making the glaze, just sprinkle some coarse raw sugar over the scone before baking after brushing with a bit of cream.

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or unbleached all-purpose flour)
3 tablespoons aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1 stick unsalted butter (4 oz), chilled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup fine grain natural cane sugar or granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups half-and-half ( or you can also use heavy cream or whole milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one lemon

2/3 cups raspberry preserves

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
zest of one lemon

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Using a food processor, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles little pebbles in a beach of sandy flour (about 20 quick pulses). You can also cut the butter in using a knife and fork. Pulse in the sugar. Now add the half-and-half, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Pulse (or mix until) dough just comes together - don't over mix, but if the batter is too dry add more cream a bit at a time.

Turn out onto a floured piece of parchment paper or Silpat mat, divide into two equal sized pieces of dough and set one aside. Take the first piece of dough and roll out into (roughly) a 9x9 inch square, 1/2-inch thick. You want to keep the dough from sticking to the mat/paper if possible, so sprinkle with more flour if needed. Slather the slab of dough with the jam and fold the left side of the dough in toward the center. To discourage the dough from breaking or falling apart I fold it in by folding the Silpat in and then peeling the Silpat back afterwards. Fold the other side in using the same technique (if I'm not making sense, see the photo). Slide onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the other piece of dough. The two scones will fit on one baking sheet but give them a few inches between each other so they don't bake into each other. Brush with a bit of cream (optional), and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden where the scones touch the pan.

While the scones are baking, prepare the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl. Stir until well combined, and set aside. When the scones come out of the oven brush them generously with the glaze and let cool. Slice into pieces as big or small as you like.

Makes two mega scones.

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!

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  • Sounds lovely! And, I imagine, one could make all sorts of fillings - savoury as well as sweet....

    Mrs Redboots
  • I love how your being "lazy" turns into innovation. When I am lazy, it equals piles of laundry. I also love that you used the term Mega! Lazy scones here I come.

    DeerDominique
  • Hey Heidi! Awesome post. I've actually done something similar, except I didn't stop and cut the scones into triangles. I think thats where I went wrong. I used black currant preserves, so when the scones baked it turned into kind of a delicious mess. I think because of the moisture in the preserves the scones could not hold their shape. They were still really good, and more like pie than scones. I think next time I'll follow your advice and leave it like a log. :) PS - another great filling that I found was the poppy seed pastry filling from the can. ---Dan

    Dan C.
  • Perfect for my weekend guests...I'm doing raspberry jam for sure!

    JEP
  • An outstanding scone recipe Heidi. After trying both raspberry and strawberry jams, I have to say I like strawberry the best. I also used 2 tsp vanilla. Thank you for the excellent recipes over the years. Don

    DON
  • scooones - how i love theeeee... let me count thy ways i love thee in the morning with my coffee in the afternoon with tea or for dinner all alone these sound and look just perfect, heidi (but after your madelines i am on a self professed baking ban)

    claudia at 'cook eat FRET'
  • Okay, that does it. I'm going to bake something. Thanks for the inspiration and the need to run a 5k later on today! Mary

    Mary Coleman
  • En fin....scones are done, awake kids are fed, sleeping one will have a treat waiting. One very minor glitch in the listed recipe - there is vanilla called for in the instructional portion, but none listed in the ingredient list. I added 1 tsp., but I might go for a bit more the next time around. I used the white whole wheat flour I had on hand which gave the scones a hearty rustic quality that has so far been enjoyed by all, and homemade strawberry jam I received as a holiday gift. Many thanks for a cozy well-fed morning.

    Heidi R
  • Love your new twist (fold?) on scones. Can't wait to try these, especially with some savory fillings. I've made scones with white whole wheat flour before, but never whole wheat pastry flour. I bet they have a really nice crumb. Thanks for the recipe and Happy New Year!

    Farmgirl Susan
  • As silly as it sounds, I've avoided scones for years because making that perfect scone shape is often more trouble than its worth (and I make decorated sugar cookies that take days to complete - it's totally inconsistent I know). This recipe has motivated me to revisit scones this weekend. Thank you!

    Natanya
  • Wow! And just in time for the late-Christmas mornings with relatives! (I'm thinking about an apple-eggnog version on a cold foggy morning....Mm!) Thank you, Hiedi!

    Euphreana
  • Heidi, Looks like we will be bringing in the new year with a lovely treat! Love scones for guests but fussy cutting with a hangover is NOT my cup of tea. : ) We made peach preserve and I think it will work beautifully in this with a little raspberry for color.

    Amy TH
  • Great idea Heidi. I'm a scone fanatic & will be doing this. Thanks for more wonderful inspiration!

    Fran
  • Ah fantastic and well-timed! I've become rather picky about scones b/c a lot of the market-sold ones are awful, lacking both texture and flavor. This sounds like a fabulous blank tablet upon which to throw numberless flavors! Fun and yummy. Now THAT's cookin'! :-)

    Asata Reid, Life Chef
  • I literally just rolled out of bed and found this glorious recipe in my mailbox. I have hungry teens and their friends snoozing somwhere in the house who will soon wake up with grumbling bellies....and lucky me, I have all of the scone recipe ingredients in my kitchen. Time for some coffee and mega scone baking. Thanks.

    Heidi R
  • Having never made scones before nor being much of a scone eater myself. I am feeling compelled to make these. They sound delicious and seem easy to make!

    Christina Todd
  • As a raspberry fan, I can't imagine replacing any component of this recipe and look forward to trying it out.

    Kay
  • Hmm.. sounds like I may have found a use for those jars of ginger preserves I bought a while back! Maybe a cardamom or allspice glaze, too.

    Matt
  • ooooh yummmmo! can't imagine how divine this would taste with cranberries or cranberry jam! Happy New Year Heidi!

    Snehal
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