Raspberry Oat Scones


January is National Hot Tea month. What better to go with a cup of tea than a warm scone?  January also being a month of resolutions to eat more healthy, I went looking for a scone recipe that had some nutritious value but still tasted great.  These scones are chock full of old-fashioned oats and fresh raspberries and get their bold flavor from ginger and lemon zest.  As far as scones go, they baked up moist with a lovely crumb.  Spread them with a smear of raspberry jam to sweeten them up, if desired.

Raspberry Oat Scones

Adapted from Good Housekeeping

  • 1 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oats, plus more for topping
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter(1 stick)
  • 6 onces of fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, finely chopped
  • zest of a lemon, finely grated
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda until finely ground. Add the cold butter and pulse until coarse crumbs form.  Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Using a wooden spatula, fold in the raspberries, ginger, lemon zest and buttermilk.  Flour your  hands and finish kneading gently until the dough just binds together.
  4. Turn the dough onto the parchment lined pan and pat the dough into a circle mound.  Score the dough into 12 slices.  Sprinkle the dough with some additional oats.
  5. Bake 27 to 30 minutes until golden on the edges.  Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into triangular scones. Makes a dozen.

Looking for more scone recipes?  Here is a half dozen recipes of my favorites from the archives:



Blackberry-Thyme with White Chocolate Glaze

Coconut-White Chocolate 

Dark-Chocolate Cherry

Classic English

Looking for a page turner to accompany your cup of tea and scone? Lisa See’s The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is set in the tea growing regions of China and is a compelling read.

For an interesting read about choosing the right teacup, click on this link to get to a fascinating article written by my niece Jessica Woollard, in Fresh Cup Magazine: https://www.freshcup.com/lips-and-curves-the-right-teacup/

Dark Chocolate~ Cherry Scones for the Final Season of Downton Abbey


“I know several couples who are perfectly happy.  Haven’t spoken in years.” Relationship advice from Dowager Countess of Grantham’s on Season 6, winner of The Gardian’s #17 Best Quote of the 2015 year in television.


After 5 captivating years of Downton drama, the final season is upon us this side of the pond.  It is a bittersweet night.  I am joined by millions of ardent fans in not wanting Downton Abbey to ever end.  The final season opens in the mid 1920s with rising hemlines, shorter bobbed and bejeweled tresses and ongoing Upstairs/Downstairs intrigue.  Who exactly is The Dowager Countess addressing above?  Is it cousin Isobel who turned Lord Merton’s marriage proposal down last season or Lady Mary who spurned Lord Gillingham after spending a week in sin with him last season and is now warming to Henry Talbot?  Or will she choose to be independent and stay single?  Lady Mary has requested tea be brought to her chambers so she can ponder her future.  There are changes ahead at Downton but some things remain quintessentially the same:  scones!  After making traditional cream currant scones for Season 4, and Lemon Ginger scones for Season 5, I whipped up a batch of very modern Dark Chocolate~Cherry scones.  This is after all a final season!  With Anna Bates charged with murder, who will deliver tea to Lady Mary:  Mrs. Hughes, Mr. Carson or nasty, scheming Thomas Barrow?  Stay tuned!

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Downton Abbey Fireside Afternoon Tea

With tonight being the launch of Season 4 of Downton Abbey this side of the pond, I thought I would invite you to a cozy afternoon tea by the fire. image Since the weather is still dreadful for much of the country, a steaming cup of tea with warm scones by the fire should get you ready for more  Downton Abbey drama  tonight!  Although my living room is not as  opulent and magestic as Highclere Castle’s, I’m hoping it will transport you to England to take Afternoon tea. Continue reading