Raspberry Oat Scones

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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.

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Dark Chocolate~ Cherry Scones

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“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.

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After 6 captivating seasons of Downton drama, the beloved series has concluded. I am joined by millions of ardent fans in not wanting Downton Abbey to ever end.  The final season opened in the mid 1920s with rising hemlines, shorter bobbed and bejeweled tresses and ongoing Upstairs/Downstairs intrigue.   Downton changed with the times over 6 seasons but some things remained 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 for the final season.

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Currant Cream Scones for a Fireside Afternoon Tea

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If you’ve been missing Downton Abbey, let’s set up a fireside afternoon tea and travel back in time.  image 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 with classic English cream and currant scones. Continue reading