Raspberry White Chocolate Scones

by Brittany on July 27, 2012

These delectable scones were introduced to me by my dear friend Kristina who, along with some other wonderful friends, hosted a baby shower for me a few months ago.  It was an Irish-themed tea party shower and it was so adorable!  They served delicious herbal teas, hot chocolate, and several types of flakey, scrumptious scones.  I love scones… and tea parties and baby showers and my friends so it was just perfect! :) Anyway, after one taste, I just had to get the recipe for these raspberry white chocolate scones.  I simplified the original recipe, which was waaaaay too time intensive for me.  Sometimes you have to weigh preparation time with how much it improves taste (or if it even does improve taste!) Personally I don’t think scones require that much work.  As long as you start with very cold butter, work relatively fast, and handle the dough minimally, your scones should be flaky, tender, and delicious.  When I made them for my family, my husband raved and ate more than he should, along with both my little kids (which really isn’t unusual for them when it comes to treats!)  Sometimes I use fresh berries, sometimes frozen.  Sometimes I use all raspberries, sometimes I use a berry mix.  It all tastes wonderful! And don’t be tempted to add more white chocolate chips.  I know 1/4 cup seems like a stingy amount but it is perfect.  I tried more and to my dismay, it ruined the whole batch. The white chocolate overpowered everything else.  So stick to the recipe and you will be very happy!

*By the way, I was planning to take pictures to show how to roll it out and cut up but when I was ready I found my camera battery dead!  Hopefully the instructions are sufficient but if not, let me know and I’ll try to get some pictures up.

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sisters Cafe

1/2 cup (1 stick) very cold butter
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 cup  milk  (not skim)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest of one lemon
1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
1 Tb butter, melted
sugar to sprinkle on top

Whisk together milk and sour cream in medium bowl; refrigerate until needed. Whisk flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest in medium bowl.  Dice cold butter and cut into flour mixture with a pastry blender until butter is size of small peas.   Add milk mixture to flour mixture; fold with spatula until just combined. Transfer dough to liberally floured work surface. Dust surface of dough with flour; with floured hands, knead dough 6 to 8 times, until it just holds together in ragged ball, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.

Roll dough into approximate 12-inch square. Fold dough into thirds like a business letter, using bench scraper or metal spatula to release dough if it sticks to countertop.  Lift short ends of dough and fold into thirds again to form approximate 4-inch square.  Roll into 12-inch square again.  Sprinkle raspberries and white chocolate chips evenly over surface of dough.  (If using frozen berries, press down so they are slightly embedded in dough.)  Using bench scraper or thin metal spatula, loosen dough from work surface.  Roll dough, pressing to form tight log. Lay seam-side down and press log into 12 by 4-inch rectangle. Using sharp, floured knife, cut rectangle crosswise into 4 equal rectangles.  Cut each rectangle diagonally to form 2 triangles and transfer to baking sheet.  Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with  sugar. Bake in 375 degree preheated oven until tops and bottoms are golden brown, 18 to 25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes before serving.

recipe source: adapted from Picky Cook

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susanne July 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I was JUST looking over all the scones you have posted on the site. These look good too. I love scones as much as you do!!


2 Spencer July 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Looks delicious! I would love to try some.


3 Mindy July 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

These look AMAZING! And your picture is beautiful. I can’t wait to make them!


4 Heather or Kitchen Concoctions July 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

I cannot get enough of all the fresh fruit this summer! I have been looking for lots of new recipes to use it all up and these scones look perfect. And I would totally be the one to add more chocolate since I am never satisfied when it comes to the amount of chocolate I consume! : )


5 Bonnie Bluth-Harkey July 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I feel like such a dummy–but could you show a tutorial/diagram on how to fold and roll the scone dough. I think I have it–but not really sure I got it right. So sorry for my “not getting it” brain!! I love all your recipes. Thank you for your willingness to share!!


6 Valerie M. August 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I love berries and white chocolate (or berries and anything). Thanks for the tip about not adding more chocolate because I probably woulda.


7 Robin August 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I don’t see the oven temp. listed? Am I missing it? And I looked up the original recipe to find it and saw that she uses 2 sticks of butter but the same amount of flour. I am making this right now so hopefully they will be as good as they look! Thanks!


8 Brittany September 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’m sorry! I just added it – 375! :) And yes, I did adapt the original recipe a bit!


9 Erynn October 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

I tried these out for the first time for my husband (who is normally not a sweets fan), and he LOVED them! I actually took the raspberries and made them more into a jelly to be spread onto the dough. You have to be a little more careful rolling it into a log, but it distributes the berries enough that instead of big clumps of berries, you get a nice little burst of berry throughout the whole scone :)

I also just tried a variation of the dough recipe by spreading melted nutella, peanut butter and butterscotch chips over the dough instead ;) delicious and really good with a brown sugar mix on top :)



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