Ginger Scones and Tea

These have been my favourite scones ever since my friend Elicia made them for me in her Seattle home. She got the recipe from and I’ve adapted it slightly, using fresh ginger instead of candied. They’re best served warm from the oven with butter, jam or jelly, and pots of steaming hot tea.

Ginger Scones

  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 large knob fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped (about 1/3 cup or more, to taste)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half, plus extra for brushing the tops of the scones
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Stir in lemon rind. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry cutter until the mixture is pale yellow and the consistency of fine meal (you can also use a stand mixer with paddle attachment at low speed).

    Stir in the ginger. Make a well in the center and pour in the cream. Mix until just combined.

    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times to gather it into a ball. Roll or pat the dough into a circle about 3/4-inch thick. Cut out scones with 3-inch diameter round cookie cutter.

    Gather the scraps, pat and press the pieces back together, and cut out the remaining dough. Place the scones 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

    Brush the tops with the remaining cream.

    Bake in centre of oven for 12 to 16 minutes, until the surface cracks and they are slightly browned.

    Makes 8 to 10 3-inch scones.


    4 thoughts on “Ginger Scones and Tea

    1. I should have taken those last two scones on the road. They were so good. Glad you post the recipe so I make these at home.

    2. I made some honey and ginger scones last week and ate them with violet jelly I bought in France – delicious! Think they’d be good with lavender too. I like the addition of lemon in your recipe – lemon and ginger is very comforting for winter!

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