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whole wheat raspberry ricotta scones

This is the very first recipe I developed for my cookbook. It came as an accident — you would think that someone who spends as much time shopping for groceries as I do wouldn’t constantly run out of flour and cream mid-recipe but I’d surprise you — but I immediately fell in love with it and knew it needed a home in print. Over the last year, I made them whenever I’ve had an excuse and a few times that I didn’t. They fit so squarely within the vision I had for the book that when everything else felt impossible I’d think, “It’s okay. I’ve still got those whole wheat raspberry ricotta scones.” They made me happy.

I just read that back to myself and realize how weird it sounds. It’s been a weird year.

raspberries + flours
raspberries meeting their end

And then, just as quickly as I fell in love with them, I cast them aside for something else. One day in June, a day when I was playing around with breakfast recipes long after I promised I’d cut myself off, I made a new scone and without even blinking, swapped it in and kicked these to the curb. Poor scones; it’s not their fault they’re not the prettiest. They’re a bit craggy and their final shape is always hard to predict. The dough is messy — you cut raspberries right into it, like butter, but don’t worry, there is also butter — and it needs to be treated with a gentle hand. I had my reasons to give it the boot but still.

ricotta, heavy cream, yes

a mound of craggy dough

Raspberries showed up at the market last week and I realized how much I’ve missed these scones. We’ve talked a bit about ricotta this month but I can assure you, I used supermarket stuff for these. The homemade stuff is almost too awesome to tuck inside anything else. So, you’re looking for a soft, fairly moist ricotta (if you do make your own, don’t strain it as much). Some cream thins it out further. There’s half white flour, half whole wheat and enough butter that you don’t need to feel too austere. Mornings should at least a little bit indulgent and lazy.

shaped and cut
whole wheat raspberry ricotta scones

One year ago: Peach Blueberry Cobbler and Scalloped Tomatoes with Croutons
Two years ago: Best Birthday Cake and Arugula Potato and Green Bean Salad
Three years ago: Chocolate Sorbet
Four years ago: Red Bean Chili and Double Chocolate Layer Cake

Whole Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones

The trickiest thing about these is the dampness of the dough. Yet that same trickiness is they bake into something that seems impossibly moist for a scone, and especially a whole wheat one. Keep your counter and your hands well floured and you won’t have any trouble getting them from bowl to counter to oven to belly, which, after all, is the whole point.

1 cup (120 grams) whole wheat flour
1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons (85 grams) cold unsalted butter
1 cup (136 grams or 4 3/4 ounces) fresh raspberries
3/4 cup (189 grams) whole milk ricotta
1/3 cup (79 ml) heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bottom of a large, wide-ish bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, sugar and salt together.

With a pastry blender: Add the butter (no need to chop it first) and use the blender to both cut the butter into the flour mixture until the biggest pieces are the size of small peas. Toss in raspberries and use the blender again to break them into halves and quarter berry sized chunks.

Without a pastry blender: Cut the butter into small pieces with a knife and work the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Roughly chop the raspberries on a cutting board and stir them into the butter-flour mixture.

Both methods: Add the ricotta and heavy cream together and stir them in to form a dough with a flexible spatula.Using your hands, gently knead dough into an even mass, right in the bottom of the bowl. Don’t fret if the raspberries get muddled and smudge up the dough. This is a pretty thing.

With as few movements as possible, transfer the dough to a well-floured counter, flour the top of the dough and pat it into a 7-inch square about 1-inch tall. With a large knife, divide the dough into 9 even squares. Transfer the scones to prepared baking sheet with a spatula. Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden at the edges. Cool in pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. It’s best to cool them about halfway before eating them, so they can set a bit more. I know, way to be a big meanie, right?

Do ahead: Scones are always best the day they are baked. However, if you wish to get a lead on them, you can make them, arrange them on your parchment-lined sheet and freeze them. If you’re prepping just one day in advance, cover the tray with plastic wrap and bake them the day you need them. If you’re preparing them more than one day in advance, once they are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or container. Bring them back to a parchment-lined sheet when you’re ready to bake them. No need to defrost the froze, unbaked scones, just add 2 to 3 minutes to your baking time.

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346 comments on whole wheat raspberry ricotta scones

  1. I love the idea of using ricotta in a scone – it must make it so moist and delicious. I’m definitely going to go and hunt out some raspberries. These would be a perfect Sunday morning breakfast for tomorrow. Thanks Deb – if this got left out of the cookbook, I can’t wait to see what made it in!

  2. Scones are definitely my stand-by when it comes to morning breakfast. I can totally relate to running out of things to make them though. I am always surprised how well they turn out when I make substitutions, like yogurt for cream. They really are quite flexible. My absolute favorite is raspberry though. I’ll be giving these a try as soon as ours are in season.

  3. i love, love, love scones. easily one of my favorite things to bake, since they’re so simple and satisfying. these seem pitch-perfect for summertime.

    also, in response to Jessica’s question, i make scones using whole wheat pastry flour all the time, and i always have wonderful results. the crumb is light, delicate and flaky; plus i feel slightly better about myself since i’m using whole wheat :)

  4. I’m very comfortable working with wet difficult doughs so I’ll be trying these for sure! I love a good moist scone and I have some raspberry honey black tea in my cupboard that’s perfect to match with it.

  5. I can’t wait to make these! The raspberries make them so, so pretty. I will give them a try with white whole wheat flour, one of my favorites because it’s still light enough on its own and rarely needs to be mixed with all-purpose (as opposed to whole wheat). Thanks for the recipe, Deb!!

  6. Lila

    Oh, YUM! I love making scones and these sound really good. I will be making tomorrow!! Thanks for, as always, wonderfully written, beautifully photographed, blog. Love Smitten Kitchen.

  7. Sally

    Look delicious! Saw some gorgeous (and expensive) raspberries at the Farmers’ Market today. Can I use white whole wheat flour – from KA – instead of whole wheat flour?

  8. BLP

    REDICULOUSLY DELISH LOOKING. Also, re: Baby Jacob being such a big kid himself, children at that age are fascinated with babies and had you another kiddo just lolling about (AHEM) you would get to see this first hand. Jacob meets Baby Sibling = Pure Joy/lots of loving/possible accidental sqooshing of said infant. ALL in love, of course! :D

  9. María

    Curse you lucky people in the northern hemisphere and your delicious fresh berries! Do you think this would work with frozen raspberries?

  10. Oh my gosh. I always get the Raspberry Scones from Starbucks but am definitely going to make my own, now.

    What do you think about substituting the cream for Soy and the butter for Olive Oil (with correct conversions)? Do you think that would hold up?

    Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  11. Kim C.

    Wish I had one of these right now! I always wondered if scones could be frozen so thanks for including that. Did you add in a picture of Jacob and I was unable to locate the link?

  12. Rosette

    These look so good, and I love raspberries. But ricotta makes me squeamish – can you taste it in the finished scones?

  13. You were one of the first food blogs I started reading and remain one of my favorites. One of the reasons- your writing is excellent. And, of course, your recipes never disappoint. (Although in the midwest, I never find the beautiful produce that you picture). Thanks for continuing to have such a great blog.

  14. Ria

    You know, I’ve been reading for a long time, and I have been awaiting the day that you post raspberry scones. I’ve tried them in the past, but they just haven’t come together as moist as they should be. Can’t wait to see what the ricotta does. Also, I can’t help but wonder what some white chocolate would do to these (although it might cancel out the point of whole wheat).

  15. I made some yummy black raspberry chocolate chip scones a couple years ago. That reminds me I have raspberries in the freezer, so I should give it a try again.

  16. tj

    …These look and sound amazing Deb! Thank you so much for posting this and for the tips too – I will definitely be giving these a try! :o)

    …Btw, everyone needs to click on the word ‘lazy’ in the 3rd paragraph and get a smile on! So cute! ;o)

    …Have a wonderful weekend!

    …Blessings :o)

  17. tj

    …I think #37 up there maybe onto something with the possiblity of using white chocolate. Maybe squiggle some melted on top, no? Hmmm…*pondering* :o)

  18. never been a scone fan bc i’ve always found them so dry but these seem more like a pastry, almost. the challenge for me will be to veganize them for my husband – i have a recipe for vegan ricotta but it is definitely savoury (garlic, plum vinegar, basil and oregano), so maybe soy yoghurt could do the trick, along with thick cashew cream to replace the heavy cream.

  19. These do look fabulous, but I have a semantics question: why call them “whole wheat” when they’re half white flour? I always assume whole wheat means 100% whole wheat, and “wheat” means some white flour. How do you distinguish?

  20. Amy

    Cannot wait for your cookbook, Deb! Your weird year will be fruitful– you’ll have a beautiful cookbook to show for it, too.

    These scones look great, although I hate raspberry. Maybe blueberries would work? Thanks for sharing them.

  21. Our raspberry canes are dripping with raspberries right now! Perfect use for some of them. (Unfortunately though a cup will hardly make a dent in what we have.)

  22. Bunny

    Deb, do you think this would work okay with blackberries or some other berry? I’d love to make them, but I’m deathly allergic to raspberries. WOE.

  23. Susan

    I just started baking scones this year. I’ve been the sort that always said “they’re just a biscuit with sugar and stuff in’em. Well, they are…but damn, I was so wrong to just dismiss them without even trying them. I’m not toying with various flours and had my first sawdust textured failure the other day using whole wheat. The fruit bursting in the mix while cooking must be what adds enough additional moisture needed..as well as flavor, of course. Did it add some needed moisture, do you think?

  24. Susan

    Sorry…I’ve been toying with various flours…(since you got me interested with those oatmeal pancakes and the thick granola bars)

  25. I’m actually a little glad these scones got rejected from your cookbook, because these were just the recipe I was looking for. We just harvested pints of black raspberries, and I can’t wait to try these scones with those. We also have extra ricotta cheese from gnocchi! How perfect!

  26. I agree about homemade ricotta being too good to stuff it into something else. I made some recently from an Ina Garten recipe in the Costco store magazine. It.was.wonderful. And so easy!

    I like how you use cut the raspberries in the butter. Good idea!

  27. Danie

    Looks delish!

    I’m eating dairy free, and while I find substitutions pretty easy, I’m not sure what I would sub for the ricotta in this recipe.

    Any thoughts?

  28. I’ve always been a little hesitant to use fresh berries in baked goods – usually they don’t last long enough to make it into the batter! I might add some chunks of dark chocolate just to add some extra pizzazz! :)

  29. oh jeez. I only got online to quickly google a substitute for whole wheat pastry flour which I cannnnnnot find. But I saw this post. And now I think I don’t care about the cherry crostada I was going to make and I should go back to the store to get raspberries and ricotta.

  30. Hillary

    I just bought a 2lb container of strawberries from a fruit vendor today–do you think they would work in place of raspberries or will the texture be wrong? (In most recipes, I find that the berries are pretty interchangeable)

  31. Mmm, yum! I just made that ricotta from your blog the other day and it seriously was divine. I think I’ll make twice as much next time and make these scones. I’ve got tons of raspberries as well.

  32. Funny, I came here looking for a recipe to use up some sheep’s milk ricotta and look what’s posted! Good thing I also bought a few baskets of raspberries this morning at the market.

  33. Nicole

    All you people with your fresh, farmer’s market/backyard raspberries are making me jealous! Not in southern AZ, I can tell you that much!

    On the other hand, I wonder if frozen raspberries might not actually work even better here. Seems like you could start the dough in a food processor then, without having to worry about working the berries into mush. At any rate, these sound fantastic!

  34. EG

    We’re in the midst of a crazy, on-the-road July and I’m so afraid I’m going to miss picking our own raspberries. But these scones sound perfect!

  35. I adore anything I can freeze in advance! I have tried to make this the summer of “always having things on hand for last minute guests/parties.” So far, so good-and this will be a most excellent addition! Warm with butter these must be amazing! I will probably not be able to stop myself from trying to make versions with different fruits as well- i wonder if pitted cherries would be too firm…

  36. LauraD

    Deb, would you mind telling me where to find a great pastry blender?? I have read reviews of them bending and ending up in the trash due to loose screws inside the handle..

  37. I want these right now in my belly. They look like they would taste amazing. Oh, my mouth is watering. mmmm….I really can’t wait for your book to come out now!

  38. Wow those look absolutely delish! I have been a scone addict after running across some amazing chocolate ones at a local bakery here in Okinawa, and always looking for new recipes. These, however, are now certainly on the top of my “to-make” list. Not only does the recipe look wonderful but they look absolutely beautiful too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  39. callie

    mmm… would that i had an oven right now… anyway, i just wanted to ask, is there a reason that the email subscription isn’t working? or at least that i’m not getting my emails from you? i miss my smitten kitchen emails!

  40. Elisheva

    This looks amazing….unfortunately, I live in a fresh berry-less climate. Classic annoying substitution question: how do you think peaches would work? I’m thinking ricotta may need something more tart…

    1. deb

      Elisheva — Peaches sound delicious. I’d chop them up quite a bit and maybe use less than a full cup (of chopped).

      Callie — I just ran your address (the email address you used in the comment form) through Feedblitz (the subscription service) and it said that you had been subscribed but that you unsubscribed. Didn’t say when; no reason was noted. So perhaps just subscribe again?

      LauraD — Yes! Only buy the OXO one. Mine lasted 5 years before the handle popped out (it’s glued). I replaced it with this one — don’t do it (the blades bent when it cut cold butter, and caused me to leave my first and only bad review on Amazon! Which has since disappeared…shady). Back with OXO again. It’s great. Basically, the ones with blades like little knives are sturdier; you don’t even need to pre-cube your butter, you can just cut a solid stick in. And some knife-style ones are sturdier than others, I learned.

      Deborah — Thanks, fixed.

      Susan — I feel there are very few baked goods (unless they have a metric ton of butter or cream) that do well with more than 50% standard whole wheat flour (white whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour are a bit more forgiving). The version I made with 2/3 cup w.w. flour and 1 1/3 white flour was probably the most tender while still having some heartiness, but I wanted to push it further. Most cream scones with 2 cups flour use 1 cup of cream. But by bumping the cream-type ingredients over 1 cup, I felt I could do a half/half flour without it tasting too dense/dry. Ricotta is slightly drier than cream; I thin the slight extra moisture from fresh raspberries balances it. But, I’m no Shirley Corriher! These are just guesses on my part.

      EmilyTakesTokyo — Whole wheat refers to the “whole wheat” flour within. They are also “whole wheat” in the semantic sense as both flours are wheat flours. In terms of usage, however, baked goods are routinely called “whole wheat” even when they are only partly whole wheat flour — most commercial whole wheat breads, cereals, etc. especially.

  41. lisa j.

    Oooh, yum!! I love scones. I just bought a couple pints of raspberries and am using my will power to not eat all of them. I’m wondering if I could substitute greek yogurt (plain) for the ricotta and buttermilk for the cream? Hmmm….I’ll have to try it. :)

  42. Ariel

    mmmmmmmmm, I made these before the boyfriend woke up (baked half, froze half) and they may all be gone before he wakes up :-)

    For those who were wondering, these work wonderfully with frozen raspberries making the dough in the food processor.

  43. These look so delicious, I love the colour of the raspberries against the rustic wholesomeness of the flour. I had no idea there was aluminium in baking powder, or that you could get one without it in, I shall be looking for one next time I am shopping. Thank you for a lovely post.

  44. I made these this morning and they were PEFECT. So moist and yummy. I followed the recipe to the letter with one exception. I used blackberries instead of raspberries because I had some that needed to be used. Yum.

  45. Danita

    These are in the oven as I write this. I can’t wait to try them. I didn’t find the dough to difficult to work with, but I followed your instructions. Thanks for posting.

  46. Alldeb

    Deb,
    These look great! Raspberries are now “local” in Oregon and I cannot wait to try these! One tip I love is to grate frozen butter into the flour mixture. It is a fabulous way to make scones and biscuits. I got this tip from America’s Test Kitchen and it is a winner! Love the last two pics of your son! He is so amazingly beautiful!

  47. Awesome. You could try pressing the raspberries or raspberry pieces into the patted out dough, if you wanted to keep the colors contrasting in the final product :-)

  48. Dee

    As much as I love raspberries, I adore blackberries. So do you think blackberries would work, or would the seeds be too much? I can’t wait to try either!

  49. karen price aka peaberry

    Ya know……..if I never make any of your recipes (but, I do), I would read your writing just for the shear joy of it. Thank You!

  50. Andrea

    These look so fantastic! I would love to make them, but my kitchen is (amazingly) smaller than yours and I have no air conditioning…and I am in south Texas. Doughs don’t behave too well around here. I work at a coffee shop/bakery and actually had to go into work to prepare your Brownie Roll-Out Cookies for a friend’s housewarming basket. Oh well.

    Anyway, just wanted to throw out a quick ‘thank you’ to you for so often (and likely inadvertently) cluing me in on what is in its peak season through your mention of the market. All we have around here are mega-markets, so I am never quite sure how in-season things really are. So I picked up raspberries today, and (lo and behold) they are perfect!

  51. Julie

    What! Baking powder without aluminum? I didn’t know baking powder even had aluminum. Can you explain? Can you recommend one without? Thank you for letting me know, I’ve been baking for years and never noticed.

  52. Jit Lee

    So I promised my mother-in-law frozen lemon poppyseed muffins that she could bake up when she had company, but she LOVES scones. And I just so happen to have raspberries in the fridge. She is going to be one happy gal tomorrow!

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe, and I can’t wait for your cookbook!!

  53. Michela

    Considering the current influx of delicious, local raspberries at the farmer’s market these will be the perfect thing to make on my first Monday morning off in months! They look amazing. Thank you!

  54. Julienne

    Yum! Made these tonight with cherries, honey ricotta, and almonds… rolled in oats. It’s based on the scones Starbucks used to serve… but has since discontinued (at least around here.) Once summer decides to kick in around here (oh Pacific Northwest!) I’ll give the raspberries a go!

  55. SallyMac

    Deb, these look incredible! I do have one quick question though – will the recipe still work if I substitute the flour for spelt options? Thanks very much

    1. deb

      SallyMac — I haven’t tried this with spelt flour (it has little gluten, right?) but if you’ve done so successfully in other biscuit-like recipes, it would be worth trying here.

      Abigail — I would probably then dial the cream back to 1/4 cup. But I haven’t tried it and cannot promise it will work as well. Do let us know your results, however!

      Julie — I talk about aluminum-free baking powder a bit more over here, including brands.

  56. MARILLA

    Hi from Italy, i love scones ,i have eaten them first time in London off course and it was love at first time!
    My favourite are from Harrods ,in the food all,i have found the cheese scones ,great ,I make them with auricchio and parmigiano ,the smell is fabouluse!
    Yours are very original ,i will try them ,thanks a lot for recipe.
    Say hallò for me to the Big Apple !!!

  57. Val

    The marble effect of the raspberries is gorgeous. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but the look of them alone has me sold. And yet I really love the process of making these scones too. I love the idea of cutting the raspberries into the dough as you would butter. I can’t wait to give these a try. Would cherries work?

  58. Dru

    we have fresh raspberries here on the farm, just ground (last week!) flour from the save the seeds and grow it again for the last 60+ years..and never spray any chemicals fields of Yee Haw farm, along with fresh ricotta from the grass fed herd at Keswick Creamery. Will be making these! And looking for ideas for our pasture raised chicken..although wood smoking is working for us these hot summer days..

  59. I am crazy about scones, and making scones. I love the idea of cutting the raspberries right in. Genius, as usual. [and I love the top picture – the scones look so beautiful. I might have to make these right.now.]

  60. Darien

    I made this with 1 cup white, 1/2 cup wheat, 1/2 cup spelt flours, and ended up with a massive dough blob when they came out of the over. But a delicious, piping hot dough blob begging for ice cream which was spectacular. Told people it was on purpose, and no one complained!

    PS – Also made your “gussied” up pizza dough and *swoons* it was as spectacular as you described! Thanks for all of your posts and inspiration – love your site!!

  61. Scones! Be still my heart. They are the first thing I remember my son ever cooking…from a recipe he got in a middle school cooking class. Now he is an apprentice chef at Per Se! I’ll make these and think of him.

  62. Dan

    Made these last night… my grocer didn’t have fresh raspberries, so I was forced to use frozen ones, which I just let thaw naturally over the course of about 150 minutes. It wasn’t until opening the bag that I realized the thawed berries were now stewing in their own sort of cranberry juice cocktail. That detail might’ve ended up being what resulted in a somewhat disappointing end result.

    Probably due to the excess moisture (the consistency of the raspberries, post-thawing, was essentially a relish of sorts and impossible to separate the “juice” from the berries), the scones didn’t rise very much, and never fully developed that crumbly texture, though the taste was still decent and they looked almost identical to the picture. Next time, I’ll just add them to the dough frozen; lesson learned.

    Also, 18-19 minutes in the oven is what I would suggest, although that, too, could have something to do with the berry situation I had.

  63. Sarah

    Hi Deb- I’ve been following your blog for years, so first of all I want to say THANK YOU and YOU ARE AMAZING! I have made so many of your recipes and loved each and every one.
    I just moved to NYC actually, from the Pacific NW. Quite a change. I was wondering- what farmer’s market do you usually go to? Or do you have any others you recommend? I’m currently a student so LOW low budget, but I try to buy as much as possible from markets if I can.
    I’m looking forward to making these scones-we’ll see how well it works out on my 3 1/2 inches of counterspace in my 90-degree no A/C kitchen..but they look delicious enough to be worth it!

  64. Farflung

    I literally threw these scones together this morning in about 15 min. Instead of cutting in the butter by hand, I did it in the food processor which worked really well. As I was in hurry, I did a quick one hand knead in the bowl to blend it, then tipped the blob of dough directly onto the baking sheet covered in parchment, patted it down to 1″ thick rough circle, sprinkled some flour on top then cut pie shaped slices then separated them on the sheet. They took 15 min. at 400f in my convection oven.

    They were very moist and had a nice crumb to them. The flavor was a bit light when eaten on their own. With a smear of homemade strawberry freezer jam on it, it made them super tasty! The ricotta could not be tasted and it was part skim since that is all the store had…

    If I were to make them again, I would divide the dough blob into two blobs so the slices weren’t so long and unwieldy to separate. And I might freeze one half of it instead of baking them all. I might also sprinkle a little sugar on top of them before baking or brush on a light sugar glaze.

    I’m relatively knew to Smitten and have enjoyed your writing and excellent photos!

  65. Cory Z

    Made these this weekend and they’re absolutely delicious. Dough wasn’t too sticky to manage and they came out moist and full of flavor. Love love love! Thanks for this great recipe, Deb!

  66. meg

    Super-moist scones and biscuits are fantastic. The extra moisture in the dough translates into a higher rise and a fluffier dough. I’ll wager the ricotta does wonders for the scones’ tenderness. You could probably even use soft goat cheese if you wanted more tang.

  67. I accidentally bought Ricotta last Friday (I was meaning to get sour cream) and have been trying to figure out what to do with it as I’m not a huge ricotta fan. Lasagne was a possibility, but even there I usually leave out the ricotta… So, this is perfect. Because I’m all about sweets and using seasonal fruits and vegetables whenever possible… I can’t wait to smother with raspberry marmalade and eat wayyy to many! Oh the pleasures of baking! Thank you! I love your blog and your recipes. And your pictures and baking/serving accessories, too!

  68. Michelle

    Made these today….they were absolutely delicious! I loved that they weren’t too sweet. Now I know what I’ll be doing with my extra raspberries from the garden!

  69. Abigail

    The sour cream verdict: with 3/4 cup of sour cream and 1/4 cup of cream, they were too wet and spread. At 20ish min baking time, I took them out because the tops were done. But they’re delicious, and I certainly don’t have the ‘too dry’ problem. Also I used blueberries rather than raspberries, which might have added more moisture.

  70. Allie

    I just made these – thank you for giving me a reason to use up the ricotta that’s been sitting in my fridge since I made your zucchini galette 2 weeks ago! Didn’t have any fresh berries (boo), used dried cranberries. They are yummy yummy. I *love* that they are not too sweet.

  71. MeganFranks

    Made this tonight – it was my boyfriend’s birthday but he doesn’t have a big sweet tooth. Awesome – just the right amount of flavor and the raspberries added a nice tartness. Also, I’m on the “What Am I Going to do with this Ricotta in my Fridge?” bandwagon – now I know.

  72. Just wanted to tell you that I made a peach tart with 1/3 barley flour in the crust and it was fantastic. Thanks for the idea! I’ll be finding lots more uses for it in my baking.

  73. Mandy

    Just made these this morning and they were super! This is the first scone I’ve ever made- or eaten.They were incredibly moist and delicious. I think next time I’ll dust the top with sugar (is that a typical scone thing to do or am I trying to turn this into a muffin??). I love your site and make at least one of your recipes every week. I rave to all my friends about your recipes and photos. I do have one request/suggestion. Would it be possible for viewers to have a place to rate the recipe once they have tried it and say how it worked for them? There are just so many comments that it’s hard to filter through and find the ones that refer to having actually made the recipe. Not that I expect less than 5 stars on all of your recipes, but some recipes (like the ricotta and zucchini gallette) deserve a class all on their own.

  74. Selkie

    Have to tell you, Deb: I was off without much internet for two weeks and one of the first things I am doing upon my return is read back over what I have missed on your site. Photo’s of Jacob eagerly sought out, and recipes contemplated… Thanks so much!

  75. Jilly

    Made these yesterday with blueberries and half & half instead of heavy cream. They were lovely–great crumb and not too dry. I’ve never made scones before–my British fiance is going to be very happy when he returns here from London later this summer.

  76. Jilly

    Allie: the dried cranberries sound lovely. Some orange zest (and possibly orange juice, although I’m not sure how one would substitute it in…) added to make a cranberry orange scone would be great, as well.

  77. These are awesome looking. I have leftover cherries from a party over the weekend, so I should make these. I’m however with the other commenter who wants to make them on the stove. My oven has been in heavy use in the past week of high summer heat and I’m hoping to keep the actual oven time to a minimum.

  78. Thought I’d report back to let you know I made these with all white whole wheat flour and they are really, really good. Perfectly moist and light, not too sweet, slightly tart from the berries, and a bit of heartiness from the flour. I make just about everything (except cakes and tender baked goods) with white whole wheat flour and have never had a problem (but maybe I’m just used to it), and these scones were no exception. Thanks!

  79. I say right up front I don’t bake much. No that’s a big ole lie, I don’t bake anything that doesn’t come from a box be it brownies or pie crust. THere. I said it right here in front of 1,000 foodies. I come here for the visuals, your delightful commentary, Jake and somehow I can almost taste what you’ve made. These look divine. Mail me some!
    V

  80. marybeth

    Here in Portland OR – my raspberry bushes are bearing more fruit than I thought even possible. It has been a crazy wet year but the raspberries are in there element. I have picked the bushes four or five times and by the looks of things I have another two good pickings (each a gallon!). Think these will be my next offereing! they sounds delightful!

  81. Jen

    Long time “lurker/follower” first time commenter–just made these this morning and they are so tasty! I only had part-skim ricotta and used 2% milk instead of cream (didn’t have any cream!), and they were still wonderful! I absolutely love your site! So witty and every single recipe I have made has been amazing. Thanks for all you do! You’re my domestic idol!

  82. Char

    I braved the 90+ degree weather on Sunday to do bake these. Crazy, yes. But worth it! Soooo worth it. Hands down the most moist scones I’ve ever made!

  83. Amanda

    I just made these and they are GREAT!

    Not having any raspberries and being too lazy to leave the sir-conditioned haven of my house, I used the peaches that I had on hand in place of the berries and it worked beautifully! I used a heaping cup of cubed peaches (I can’t help myself) and it was a little too much fruit for me, so Deb’s advice a few comments up to use a little under 1 cup of peaches is spot on. They still cooked fine with the extra fruit, however.

  84. Rachel

    I just tried these, and they turned out weird! They have a very strange & unpleasent aftertaste. The only thing I did differently was that I didn’t use full fat ricotta, but skim (or whatever). They taste really odd after a few chews…perhaps I mis-measured, I don’t know (the texture is fine so I don’t know if that’s it), but I’m quite disappointed!

  85. Deb

    Baked these this morning – lovely! One sorry attempt at scones over ten years ago resulted in no further efforts until your blog entry inspired. Ok, so I substituted blueberries for the raspberries and added some lemon zest just because of what was on hand. But I must report the satisfying scone-ness of these scones. Beautiful crumb, tender without being dense or pasty. Just sweet enough and balanced with a hint of earthiness (from the wheat flour, I think, and the right amount of salt). Only note is to watch while baking–mine were done at ten minutes (though my oven can be a brute). Very good recipe! I enjoy your SK blog so much and your pictures are absolutely divine. Thank you.

  86. Shari

    Deb, I’ve baked many a buttermilk biscuit in my day, but I’ve never made scones if you can believe it. I was taught by my Grandmother that a biscuit needs to be baked in the upper third of the oven. Is that how you bake the scones also?

    1. deb

      Shari — That’s very interesting and I’ve never heard it before about biscuits. But funny enough, I bake a lot of things on that very rack mostly because I’ve discovered that in my terrible, cheap, tiny oven things get a better brown on them up top. I think it’s the heat bouncing off the roof of the oven. I don’t bake everything up there, just things that have a short enough baking time that they’ll otherwise be pale and kind of depressing looking for my (see above) terrible, cheap and tiny oven.

      Mandy — I wholly agree we need a better comment system! I’m on the lookout. However, I’m not terribly into rating systems because I think it’s usually unclear what people are rating. Are they rating whether they’re excited about the dish? Whether they think it might be fun to eat? Whether they made it and it was good? Do they take points off if the recipe worked great but it turned out they didn’t like raspberries in scones? What if they used non-dairy creamer and it didn’t work? I probably sound like I overthink this stuff, huh? (Yes, I do.) So, I don’t think there will be a star system in the future, but when my schedule settles down a bit, there will definitely be better comment organization.

      Sarah — Welcome to NYC. I go to whichever ones are closest to me, and open when I want something. I’m not terribly far from Union Square, so I go there a lot but there are smaller ones around that I like too. The Grand Army Plaza on in Brooklyn is great too. You can check out the map and schedule here (PDF). I keep it downloaded on my desktop. The great thing in NYC is you don’t need to go on certain days, there’s almost always a market in each area each day.

  87. Gail

    Would love to see more back-to-basics recipes. Honestly, they seem to be getting more and more far out. I love the photography, but it seems like you’re grasping at recipe “straws” these days…

  88. Jessica

    I just discovered your blog and made these today .. delicious! Easy .. I baked them quite a bit longer than 15 minutes partly because I prefer things MORE baked and less doughy. Lately I have been adding dark rye flour to almost everything I bake … it makes things what I term “earthier.” So I ended up doing about half whole wheat flour and half dark rye. They came out great and still beautiful even though they were a tad darker than yours, it appears. I have blueberries and blackberries in the refrigerator, so I might try a new version tomorrow .. this time adding some buckwheat flour. Love those dark, earthy flours.

    Jessica in Alaska

  89. Jenny

    These scones tasted great but spread a lot when I baked them and came out so flat my boyfriend called them “scookies.” Should I chill them next time before baking?

  90. Caroline

    This is one of my favorite recipes from your site, and the best scones I’ve ever had. I’ve already eaten three of them and it’s only been 16 hours since they came out of the oven. They’re almost too tender and moist to be called a scone; I would describe them as a biscuit with berry mixed in. Regardless, they are to die for.

    A couple things I did differently: I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular whole wheat (worked fine) and baked on a preheated pizza stone. Since the stone is circular I formed the dough into a circle on the parchment paper and sliced into 8 wedges before transferring to the hot stone. It baked up beautifully.

    For those that are considering fruit substitutions, I would strongly advise you try it with the raspberries first if at all possible. There’s something about the raspberry flavor that goes so, so well with this scone, and I think you’d lose something if you swapped out the fruit.

  91. Rebecca

    Oh Deb ~ these are divine! You weren’t kidding about the tricky, damp dough but I did as you said and floured the heck out of my counter and all was fine. I had two teenagers pronounce that these were “delicious” and “bomb” (even with the whole wheat flour!) so I’m thinking, this is the ticket! Thank you so much for the recipe ~ they really are great and I look forward to whatever’s next.

  92. Holy delish. This looks fab. I’ve cooked a couple of your recipes before…yummm. Looks like I’ll be using the raspberries from our bushes for this one! Can’t waittt

  93. Ok, ricotta and raspberries. Ok. Let’s breathe. I love raspberries. I love ricotta. Let’s breathe. Oh dear, I’ll go and bake them now, let’s do it!

  94. LizGil

    Hi Deb – I made these with blueberries (had a bunch in the fridge that i was worried would go bad before i could eat them!) and they came out great! I might add a little more sugar next time (an extra 1/8 or 1/4 cup) because i don’t think they were as sweet as raspberries would be. But I like sweet things, so maybe that’s just me :) Thank you!

  95. Courtney

    Just made these with red and golden raspberries, whole wheat pastry flower, plus a hefty drizzle of tasty raspberry-almond glaze from raspberry puree, almond extract and powdered sugar :) Tasty tasty tasty! They may not last until tomorrow morning…

  96. Deb, these look just wonderful. I’ve tried orange zest and currant scones as well as lemon zest and chopped candied ginger, so I am really looking forward to trying out a new scone! I love your blog- you do an outstanding job, and I really enjoy your witty prose. Very much looking forward to your book- keep up the great work!! :)

  97. Oh my stars, these look heavenly! Your blueberry muffin recipe has become a regular in our home (often requested by even my picky teenager) and this one looks like another winner. Can’t wait to try it!

  98. Miranda

    WOWZA!! I spent the past week looking at this recipe over and over again, and this afternoon {despite our heatwave in Boston} I caved and ran out to the store for raspberries. It was so worth it! These scones are soft and so incredibly tasty. I brought some over to my folks house tonight and served them with fresh whipped cream and fresh berries for dessert. It was a huge hit! Can’t wait for your book :)

  99. Heather

    Another fab recipe – just finished eating one for dessert. Love having the weights as well as the measuring cups and spoons. The ingredient I love to weigh instead of measuring is butter and it is not given – 3 ounces or 85 grams. In Canada our butter comes in 1 pound packages, not sticks.

  100. Susan

    I made these today and they were fabulous!

    Then I made a second batch for my son, because he can’t have dairy. I left out the cheese and cream and made with rice milk. They came out terrifically as well. Yay for substitutions!

    The best part of all of it was that they looked just like your in the picture. Often things taste good, but getting them to look like the picture is a whole ‘nother deal.

    We LOVE this website, thanks for all the great recipes and encouragement.

  101. Katie

    I made these this morning, but just used the blueberries I had on hand and they were amazing. This recipe goes in my keeper file.

  102. Wen DutchLady

    Just made them, had difficulty with the measurement translation in European measurements but with a little online help it worked out oke. Know waiting for them too cool off and bring them to my Dad’s Bday! Hope they turned out lovely they look and smell good anyway

  103. Laura

    I made these last night, and they turned out wonderfully. The only thing I would do differently next time, is to use the full fat ricotta. I used low fat, and I think the richness the extra fat adds would take these up a notch for me! (Why try to be healthier, anyway, there is already whole wheat flour in the recipe, right? :))

  104. Caroline in San Francisco

    Made these twice in one week! Delicious and easy even for me — I am a cook not a baker. The first time followed the recipe exactly. Today, used frozen blueberries. Had to add a bit more cream to the dough while kneading. It’s a keeper! Thanks!

  105. These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them. I wouldn’t normally be drawn to scones but on vacation I had blueberry scones (um..several times) and now I want to make some! I love raspberries even more.

  106. Those are true beauties!

    I wish I didn’t have an Ethiopian daughter with dairy allergy. I will try to make them with coconut milk…and some sort of vegan cream cheese. Not sure they will be the same…but thanks for the inspiration.

    I am wondering why you suggest baking powder that is aluminum free? I am all ears!

    Kimmie
    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted

  107. Suzan

    I took a pan of these out of the oven about an hour ago and had one with an iced coffee–so good! Thanks for sharing!

  108. Andrea

    It was 157 degrees in my Long Island kitchen today but I just had to make these scones…they have been on my mind all week! The extra sweat was worth it. They turned out beautifully and were so delicious. I am a rustic Italian cook and I love my food to look homemade with love…perfection just takes some of the fun out for me. So the “craggy-ness” of these scones was right up my alley. It gave them a lot of character! Definite keeper…thanks for the great recipe Deb. :)

  109. Stefanie

    First time commenter and long-time admirer! Our lovely Portland (OR) farmer’s market was bursting with summer fruits today and I’d noticed your recipe for the scones earlier this week. After prying the pint of raspberries I bought from my husband’s fingers (raspberries are his fave), I managed to make a batch. They just came out of the oven – haven’t tried one yet, but couldn’t resist sampling the batter before they went in and YUM. Did an egg wash on top, and some sugar crystals for a little extra sweetness. THANKS, Deb!

  110. Jen

    Made these this morning for breakfast and they were lovely! Didn’t have cream so used vanilla Greek yogurt with a bit of milk to make it less thick. Will have to try the recipe again as written, just to see. Before the morning coffee kicked in, I did have a stumble over the directions to cut into “9” even squares. :)

  111. J

    Hey Deb,

    Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your food blog and all the recipes you post. I made these scones this morning with fresh B.C. raspberries (yep, I’ma Canuck), and they were just incredible. The ricotta is brilliant – makes them so moist. Thanks again!

  112. Nadia

    A fresh batch of these scones just came out of the oven… Wow! I couldn’t resist waiting for too long and ate one. So moist and wonderful! I’m so happy I finally have a perfect AND extremely easy scone recipe. I will bring a few of them for my boyfriend and I for our roadtrip to Boston this week. Thank you so much!

  113. Angela

    I’m a Smitten Kitchen newbie, and this is my first try at one of your recipes. They turned out wonderful (especially if you add a smallish dollop of whipped cream as you eat them)! Thanks for all your wonderful pics – they really helped as I followed the steps. I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes and can’t wait for your book!

  114. Ali

    I made these (first recipe from you!) and my family loved them! Thanks for the great recipe. My grandmother loves scones but they are usually too dry for her, these were very moist and easy to make!

  115. Jane

    Question for you: you have so many fantastic sounding recipes, it’s really hard to tell which ones are you favorites or most popular (actually that was a comment, not a question.) Here’s the question – my in-laws are coming to town and would love to greet them with a fresh baked welcome treat – which would you recommend? These look lovely. Thanks for any help.

  116. DAIRY-FREE:

    i subbed out the 3/4 c ricotta for 1/2 plain soy yoghurt, and replaced the 1/3 c heavy cream with 1/3 + 1/4 c of cashew cream (blend 1/2 c raw cashews with 1/2 warm water till smooth), and also subbed the butter for earth balance.

    they were light, moist, delicious!

  117. S

    These were quite good. I made 3 minor adjustments to the recipe:
    1) 6oz of fresh raspberries
    2) Regular Cream
    3) substituted the AP flour with Bread Flour

  118. Alyssa

    These were great. I used a whole 6oz of raspberries, half and half instead of cream, and lowfat ricotta. Quite delicious! At the breakfast table I said I’d make them again, and my husband said he’d eat them again. :)

  119. Fernanda

    I just made these and they are great. Yes, wet dough but following your instructions, easy to do. I used about 1/4 cup blackberries as I ran out of raspberries and yum. Thanks for another great recipe!

  120. Sarah K.

    Oh my goodness. I just made these. Literally just pulled them out of the oven and they taste like heaven! Thanks as always for the great recipe Deb! I wish I lived and NY and we could be best friends! (I would be using you for the great food though) Can’t wait for the cookbook!!!

  121. Celine M.

    Raspberries are amazing & i have also been seeing them come up into many new pastries stores lately. But now I can make this at home, (: yay. Also a plus is that you posted this one my birthday, haha thanks for the idea!

  122. Juie

    YUM! Made these today with the last of an amazing raspberry crop (for our small area we got about 15 quarts!). Couldn’t quite bring myself to do the entire high fat dairy thing (my mouth and my heart don’t like it ;)) so used less ricotta, and nonfat greek yogurt for the rest and the cream. Used mostly white ap flour because that’s all I had (and almost 3/4 cup ww pastry). I cut the dough into littler pieces (4 for every one in your design) and stuck a frozen raspberry in the center of each (very cute). Even my husband liked them (and I’m the scone freak!). He baked 8 of the little devils at dinner tonight out of the big bag I froze. And we already had the first blueberry pie of the season in the oven. Will do this again with other fruits. Peaches on the horizon! Thank you thank you for this recipe!

  123. I made a loose variation of these, taking your idea of cutting the raspberries into the mixture! I loved that! I also used ALL whole wheat flour and found the nuttiness a perfect combo with the tart raspberries. They turned out fabulously!

  124. meghan

    deb,
    made these exactly according to your recipe, and froze the cut scones overnight. the next day, i went to bake them and they were discolored, almost like mold. i used fresh raspberries and everything else fresh. I froze them right away and mold doesn’t grow in the freezer. They baked just fine, but with a funny greenish-blue tinge. Didn’t want to serve them. Have you ever expereinced this issue?

  125. Nancy

    Meghan – check out Deb’s comment on Baking Powder. If it has aluminum in it, the baking powder can cause discoloration.

  126. These scones are SO incredibly delicious I don’t even know what to say. My roommates devoured most of them last night, I saved a few to bring to work, had one for breakfast this morning and am just the happiest little panda. Thanks Deb.

  127. Dana

    Wow, these are absolutely fabulous! I made them last night after dinner, and although I was full, had to split one with my husband right away, but instead I ate the whole thing! And then I split a second one with him! I’m definitely making these again, especially with my new pastry blender! Thanks Deb!

  128. These are just what I wish I were eating at this very moment. It has been a long week, and I think these would go well with the movie I plan to watch this afternoon as I relax from the week. Sadly, I don’t think they will be made today, but likely tomorrow.

  129. alison

    I read your recipe as rhubarb ricotta squares… which I may just have to try. There is an abundance of rhubarb where I am heading.

    They look delightfully delicious.

  130. Mary

    Made these as a hostess present. Such a huge hit! I too was a bit lazy and went with the kitchenaid mixer and they still turned out perfectly (used the whisk for the pastry blender part and then the paddle for the rest of it). Great flavor. Love the whole wheat. Super, super easy. Looking forward to the rest of the cookbook.

  131. Mel

    As far as virtual breakfasts go (because I’ve just eaten my real-life breakfast), your site is always such a treat! Thanks Deb – I’ll need to try these sometime soon. :)

  132. Heh, I had almost none of the ingredients on hand, but these scones sounded so delicious that I decided to use the recipe as a guide and made a myriad of substitutions from a destitute cupboard (and dairy-free preference).

    1 1/4 whole wheat flour
    1/4 brown rice flour
    1 tablespoon baking soda (keep forgetting to buy the powder, even though they’re not really interchangeable, right?)
    3/4 cup turbinado sugar (threw in extra ’cause the peaches were barely ripe)
    1/2 teaspoon black salt
    3 tablespoons of Earth Balance butter (had forgotten to buy more)
    1 cup freshly diced peaches
    1 cup plain yogurt

    Amazingly enough, they turned out moist and decent. The texture was not what I’d expect of a scone, more like a dense cake, but my boyfriend thought it was the best thing I’d ever baked, as far as somewhat healthy desserts are concerned. :P

  133. Caneel

    These were SO. MOIST. we all loved them, a few changes I would make if I made them again would be to heat the raspberries with the sugar on the stove top and then strain the mixture so there wouldn’t be any of those pesky seeds that are permanently stuck in my teeth (plus straining the mixture would leave like liquidy/jam that would probably give the batter an all over pinkness…so…that’s a plus for me :D) and some white chocolate chunks. Really, white chocolate chunks should be added to e’rrythang though.

    Keep the yumminess comin’! I literally cannot WAIT for your cookbook! Hope you and the babe and the husband are all happy and enjoying the last weeks of summer!

  134. alison

    The post-rhubarb verdict: finely diced rhubarb, macerated with ~ 2tsps of sugar for a couple hours makes everything quite happy. I upped the sugar content by about 2 tbsp (30ml) overall to counteract the rhubarb tartness. The scone was tart-sweet and oh so delicious with either butter or honey. Definitely something to be made again. … with whatever fruit we have hanging around.

  135. jeni

    I feel the same deb, that a better comment system would be a plus. The one thing that would help is if comments from people who have actually made the recipe were separated from those who are just commenting on how good they sound, etc, as its helpful to read others experiences before you dive in yourself. Love your recipes. Made the scones for a roadtrip, and wiped them out :) delicious!

  136. Amanda

    So, I have made these twice. So good. But I have to share some mods I made the second time. I used blueberries rather than raspberries. And didn’t cut them in, just mixed and kneaded them. Also, I added some cinnamon and used brown sugar rather than white. It was so tasty! Thanks for the great recipes, I really love your blog!

  137. Susan Andrews

    Made these today…super easy recipe….very moist dough! OMGoodness, they are fabulous! Finished them with a dusting of powdered sugar! Thanks again for another great recipe!

  138. Amanda Lorraine

    Didn’t read through ALL the comments, so I don’t know if anyone else tried this: I added about 1 tsp. lemon zest to the second batch and it was life changing! Try it!

  139. lizzy

    hi from australia! i’ve been wanting to make these for a while and finally had some spare time after an afternoon class was cancelled. i just used frozen unthawed raspberries as fresh are hard to come by and expensive in my neck of the woods at the moment. aside from this i stuck to recipe and turned out some really lovely moist scones that looked not dissimilar to your beautiful photos. i found them to be a little flat but i think this was because my initial shaping of the dough was not high enough. the ricotta was especially delicious… thank you so much – will make again and again, can’t wait to show my mum x

  140. mamajess

    have been craving to make this recipe since you published it and now, with my 2nd baby due any day, i am making these to freeze for when we are in a sleep-deprived haze. thanks for the awesome recipes…i share my favorites (and pic-worthy attempts) on FB and twitter.

  141. Myriam

    Hey :) i’m from Lebanon. Don’t know if you have ever encountered any Lebanese followers but i found your blog through stumbleupon 2 years ago and I’ve been addicted to it since then: the recipes and the pictures, ooh, they do their job right! We kind of have the same style! It’s the first time i comment on a recipe i did or tried to do :D It’s also the first time i bake scones so i didn’t really know how they were supposed to turn out but as i started reading the above comments: i got the idea and i think they worked: since they turned out to be moist and chewy! Oh, i forgot to mention that i substituted the raspberries by Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips: aaah, so gooey and warm! :) will try them next time with raspberries or strawberries though. Thanks for the inspiration, always!

  142. Tamara

    ABSOLUTELY DELISH! i made these for a central park picnic on saturday- used strawberries because the bodega was out of raspberries. they were a hit. so jazzed for the book!

  143. AnnMarie

    I made these last night and baked them off this morning. They took a few more minutes than instructed, about 21 in total, but that might just be my oven. I brushed a bit of cream on the top and sprinkled them lightly with demerara sugar before I popped them in the oven. Just had one, still slightly warm…. YUM

  144. Katy

    I’m wondering with recipes like this where you roll things out on a counter, how do you get the counter clean enough that you feel comfortable putting food on it? Not that my counter’s particularly dirty, but I’m wondering what cleansers you use, since a lot of them aren’t food-friendly. Thanks!

  145. Wow, so many comments!

    Raspberries being nearly impossible to find here, I made these with some blueberries I’d frozen plus the lemon zest I saved before squeezing the lemon to make the ricotta! I wonder if it’s the difference in juiciness of the berries that made the dough VERY dry and hard to work with. I should have put in more cream at that point but despaired of being able to incorporate it evenly when half the dough was willing to stick together and the other half had only butter in it and was crumbs – too much working and you get chewy scones, no? They did taste great finished with more ricotta spread on top, though! One other possibility is that I let the ricotta drain too long. I figured the thicker the better in general (and honestly forgot about it the last hour and a half) so it drained for 3 1/2 hours before I put it in the fridge. Any idea?

  146. Cate

    Mmmm I made these this weekend – the best scones I’ve ever had! I hate dry scones – or worse those that make your teeth feel baking powder-y. I was a bit nervous with the full TBSP of BP but they turned out PERFECT. I did have to add a bit more heavy cream as my dough was dry but really really wonderful recipe. Rave reviews from our house and the neighbours we shared with.

  147. Sierra

    Thank you once again for a wonderful recipe! I made these this weekend for a bridal shower, and they were gone so fast I didn’t even get to try them…so, cue making another batch later at home, of course! I did need an extra 5 minutes of baking time in my old oven. These are some lovely scones; moist and pretty and the ricotta adds a lot.

  148. Deb, Thank you for both the incredible recipe and the education on why one would use aluminum-free baking powder! Does using aluminum-free affect the rise in any way? Is it necessary in applications where there is no other acid but what is in the powder itself? Now I’m going to be thinking about baking powder all day…

    Back to the scones: They were perfection. And so easy to put together. We had a home visit from my kiddo’s nursery school teacher today and she was so impressed she asked if I’d do a baking thing with the class this year. Thank you times a million for making me look good! These are going to go into heavy rotation at our house!

  149. Lisa

    I made these with just white whole wheat flour and they were delicious. I just saw a trick for dealing with sticky scone dough on Paula Dean which would work well with this recipe. Just mix it all in the bowl and use an ice cream scope to scope out mounds onto your baking sheet. Pat the mounds down slightly and you have rustic scones to bake.

  150. Katherine

    Hi! I love your website!
    I made these this morning!
    I only had ?whole oat flour? which I used instead of whole wheat flour and I think they turned out great! My first batch was a bit brown at 15 minutes, so the second time i tried 12 minutes and it is a perfect scone! Thank you so much! You are the best!

  151. Lexy

    I’ve made these TWICE in the past week. To put it lightly, I’m obsessed. With the second batch, I doubled the raspberries to try and make it more raspberry-ish, but that made the batter quite wet, so I had to add more flour. They turned out delicious anyway, but I think the original proportions make for a way better texture. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  152. I had a hankering for these the other day and as usual, I was out of two of the main ingredients: whole wheat flour and ricotta. However, I made some ricotta (used your recipe from a few months ago) and just used AP flour instead and they were delicious. The ricotta gave them a rich flavor that a lot of scones lack. Thanks!

    Also, I was excited to see the article about you in the Martha Stewart Everyday magazine this month. Congratulations! The recognition is well deserved.

  153. nata

    I can’t stop making these!! And they seem to be pretty ‘easy-going’ as I’ve also made them with ricotta&buttermilk; creamed cottage cheese & cream; greek yogurt & cream combinations and the results were pretty much the same – delicious!
    And then I made your home-made ricotta and slathered some in a split scone … and now I have to make it all again ’cause I can’t stop thinking about it!

  154. Lisa Plotnik

    Made these yummy scones in a double batch to take on vacation despite your comments about how they taste best freshly made. Have to say that warming them in the oven almost (but not quite) brings back that just-made warmth and texture and makes them enjoyable once again. They remain crispy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside. Yummy! And a hit at camp.

  155. twinmommy

    Question: If you don’t freeze the raw dough, how do you recommend storing? In fridge?

    Also, I just made these & had to substitute 1/2 blueberries…So yummy!

  156. Jess L

    This is absolutely one of my new favorite recipes. Brought them to my boyfriend’s parent’s house with some homemade strawberry jam and they were a huge hit!

  157. Jen

    I thought I gave up on trying to make scones at home until I came across your post — these are the first ones I’ve made that didn’t turn into hockey pucks! Very moist and easy to make. I love that I can make them ahead of time and freeze them.

  158. Chelsea

    I just recently discovered this site, and I have to say that from the recipes I have made and seen so far, I am a huge fan! I am currently putting myself through college as a nanny. The kids love to cook, but I was tired of making cookies and unhealthy desserts with them (which is what they always want to make!). I am so glad that I came across this recipe, it was a hit with me and the parents for its healthier factors, and it was a hit with the kids as well, who loved making and eating them. Thank you!

  159. Catherine

    have made these twice and think they are great. I love the ricotta in there for both flavour and the calcium. feels great giving them to my kids as a “treat”- knowing I am nourishing them too. I cut them in 18 triangles to make for a smaller serving and it works well.

  160. Just made these, swapping out the cream with evaporated milk I had leftover from another recipe. The review: works perfectly. My husband and I each had one, and then I froze the rest for future scone emergencies.

  161. Deb,

    Just wanted to let you know I have made this 3 times already… no I’m not addicted!!

    First time was good but…
    Second time was better.
    Third time’s a charm.

    I made some slight adjustments. Let me explain why.
    At first I couldn’t figure out how to avoid sticky hands. A mess. I added a lot of extra white flour to make the dough less sticky. Also, it wasn’t sweet enough if you don’t have jam around to eat them with.
    Second time, same mess with the dough. I added extra sugar. Better. But still something was missing.
    Third time… enlightened! 2 cups of raspberries. 1/2 cup of sugar. About 2-3 Tbsp of vanilla sugar as well + a bit more for sprinkling at the end. I managed the dough well – no need for extra white flour. Amazing. Sweet for not too sweet. Vanilla hints. A bit crusted on top with the sprinkled sugar. To be eaten with or without jam. Paradise.

    Also, the second time, I made them a day ahead and transported them in a tupperware + ziplock bags for a camping trip. They kept very well. Dried them out a bit before eating them on a plate.

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m hooked!

  162. Peg

    Good Afternoon! A very good afternoon. I don’t remember when I fell in love with scones, years ago for sure. I just made these for the first time and they turned out perfect! I made them smaller – I have about two dozen. They’re still perfect! Not sure how long I baked them – probably about 10-11 minutes. Extraordinary! Thank you! Peg (Michigan, USA)

  163. WOW! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve never made scones before, but these ones turned out so well I’m sure I’ll be giving them another shot (plus scrolling through Smitten Kitchen for different flavours!). Thanks again!

  164. Julie

    Very good! I’m not much of a baker, but my scones turned out exactly like the photo! They tasted as good as they looked! Thank you for sharing the recipe and step-by-step instructions. Made it easy!

  165. Kelly

    I made these this morning and they were delicious and had great texture! The one major substitution I made was that I used blueberries that were picked and frozen over the summer instead of raspberries since that is all I had on hand. I defrosted them a bit in the microwave but did not warm them. I also did not have aluminum free baking powder so I used the regular stuff. I love being able to freeze some unbaked for another day.
    Deb, I am thankful for your amazing blog and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    P.S I got so excited when I heard a sound byte of you on NPR the other day…looking forward to listening to the whole interview!

  166. Janet

    I have made these many times since you posted them and I keep meaning to thank you for the recipe. I always use frozen raspberries – I just beat the bag of berries with my rolling pin to break them up a bit and add them with the ricotta.

    LOVE your site. Keep up the good work :)

  167. Ena

    As I am pretty much a kitchen beginner, I was unsure whether I can put frozen raspberries instead of the fresh ones. I see from the posts above mine that people put it. Is it better to defrost them first or incorporate them frozen into the dough?

  168. Ena

    I finally made them today and they came out great! It was my first time making and tasting scones, they’re not something people in my country are familiar with, apart from occasional blog readers. Instead of raspberries I used frozen blackberries which made my scones darker than yours. I also didn’t use ricotta because store-bought is unavailable here so I used cottage cheese that I had in the fridge. I had to bake them longer, around 25 minutes, though. The result – delicious!

  169. Stephanie

    I just made these and they turned out really well considering I had to make a few changes. I was a little short on raspberries and had to use some strawberries. I also used part skim ricotta cheese, and was short on that and ended up using about 1/4 cup low fat vanilla yogurt. And I used whole milk instead of heavy cream. Then I made the dough into a circle and cut it into wedge shaped pieces. This is a great recipe!

  170. Erin

    DEB. I didn’t have raspberries, so I shredded some apples and used honey instead of white sugar and reduced the cream to 1/4 cup and added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and they were SO GOOD.

  171. Liz

    Mm I made these for my in laws last week when they came to town hoping they wouldn’t flop, everyone LOVED them. I have another batch in the oven now :) thanks for sharing!

  172. cristina

    found the ricotta made these a little too dense for my liking – esp since this is a breakfast product. also hated how the raspberry seeds felt in each bite. know of any easy tips on removing them? otherwise these tasted great and looked really pretty!

  173. Robin B

    OMG these are soooooo GOOD! Just ate a warm one out of the oven and I never want to buy another store bought scone. I accidentally ate my raspberries this morning so I chopped up sweet organic strawberries and it was terrific.

    I LOVE your recipes. Thank you!

  174. silke

    deb, you’re the devil in disguise, aren’t you? I haven’t even tasted the baked scones yet, but even to the dough was SO GOOD! can’t wait to get them out of the oven. the only two things I changed about your directions was that I cut them in rounds, not squares (using ordinary water glasses as I don’t own a cookie cutter) and I used milk instead of double cream.

    I am getting addicted to your recipes. bad move for someone who intends to show up in a bikini in a few weeks’ time… ;-) yet I beg you: keep them coming!!!

  175. Caroline

    LOVED THIS RECIPE!!! Follow it to a T…and I needed more flour, but they turned out excellent!!! GO SCONES!!!!!!!!! Perfect tea partner! T’was a grand mess, but well worth it!

  176. sj

    a year later and i finally made these gorgeous scones. i tweaked the recipe to accommodate what i had and some healthy-eating goals. first, i used 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour to .5 cup ap flour; second, in lieu of heavy cream (which i was out of…), i used buttermilk with an extra TBSP of whole milk. i adjusted the recipe to include 1/4 tsp of baking soda to get some lift from the buttermilk. oh, and, i had a bag full over over-ripe local peaches so i used a cup of peaches instead of raspberries. the result is a glorious thing–tender-crumbed, wheaty, and fragrant with peachy goodness. thanks for this excellent recipe, deb, and for emboldening your readers to experiment!

  177. Ann

    Amanda, I always make them with frozen raspberries. When it is the season I eat the fresh raspberries like that. For cooking I never use those precious fresh berries.
    I use way more fruit than in the recipe.
    I like these scones very much.
    But the dough turns greyish. I think it’s due to the baking powder?

  178. Ann

    Ok, I should have read the comments. It’s due to the aluminium in the baking powder. WTH? Is there aluminium in? That’s not healthy at all. Going of to read some more.

  179. Jenny

    I’ve made these so many times that I feel bad for not having written a review earlier. These scones are one of my all times favorites. They ALWAYS come out perfect. Every time. I’ve made them more often with strawberries than raspberries but I love them both. And they are the perfect addition to any “meal train” or care package. I made these for a friend who just had a baby and packaged them up, unbaked, so that she could pop one in the oven every morning and have a delicious, fresh scone for breakfast. I’ve frozen them also and they’re still amazing. My only dilemma is that it’s now fall here in New York and I really like to cook seasonally. Fall fruits seem totally inappropriate for this recipe.

  180. K

    Horrible procrastinator that I am, I have waited this long to try this recipe. I’m kicking myself. These are amazing! The whole wheat flour is a nice compliment to the juicy berries and not distracting at all. Hearty, lovely scones with sweet tart berries, now that’s delicious!

  181. lynn

    Made these this morning and they were amazing! Made a few changes though…used buttermilk since i didnt have heavy cream; used frozen blueberries since i didnt have fresh raspberries; and threw flour mixture, butter and frozen blues in the food processor and pulsed to mix. Yum!! BTW….YOU ARE A TOTAL INSPIRATION!! :)

  182. Lisa

    I just made these this morning from your cookbook, which was one of my best Christmas presents this year. They’re gone already. I think they’re getting my teenaged son interested in baking, since I told him if he wanted more, he’d have to make them himself. Thank you!

  183. Hi Deb,

    First of all, this is my first time to write on your blog! I love your recipe’s, they are awesome and mostly make me laugh a lot! I just ordered your book today, lucky me!
    Last weekend i made your rasberry-ricotta scones, and placed them on my veggie blog. My family loved them!

    Thanks for all the fun!

    Mirjam

  184. ExpatEricOnTwoWheels

    Another excellent recipe. Made these to share with more mountain bikers, and all were very impressed, even the one who ‘doesn’t like cakes with fruit in’. Tender, moist, balanced, lovely!

  185. i made these this afternoon after hearing a woman at the minneapolis library talk say they changed her life! i didn’t have whole wheat (gasp) and subbed rye flour – they were delish!

    my absolute favorite thing you said at your book talk was “well, i am gluten-full.” i died. i am so, sooo long over the “gluten-free” lifestyle. i mean, fine. but do they have to talk about it nonstop?!

  186. Jen (Toronto, Canada)

    These are absolutely delicious, have made them three times to perfect results… this is my criterion for a foolproof recipe. For those who want to make these a regular part of their lives but are scared about the caloric impact of these yummy little suckers… I ran it through a counter each one has about 245 calories. (Cut the dough into 12 instead of 9 and the count drops to a very manageable 183 cals). Totally worth it (at both sizes)!

  187. Mary

    Hi Deb, I love your blog and I purchased your cookbook and love that as well! I do have a quick question re; scones. I make a ton of them on the weekends and then I freeze them for use during the week. I pop them on a baking sheet frozen and bake for the normal time plus a few extra minutes. I have noticed that the frozen scones don’t rise nearly as high or spread out as much as the ones that I bake without freezing. That is to be expected…correct? It still tastes great and everything, the frozen ones just don’t bake up as big! (do you suppose that means they have less calories?) Thanks much!

    1. deb

      Mary — Ooh, good question. I’m not sure if it’s that they’d rise higher if they were defrosted little first (my concern is always that those butter bits will soften then mush into the dough, affecting the layer separation) or that the baking powder has been weakened by its time in the freezer but I really should experiment.

  188. Sam

    I made these from your cookbook last night. They were great! Although I don’t like rasberry seeds in the bites. But I also hard fresh blueberries, cut them in half and mixed them into a second batch. They were even better! They didn’t break apart and get squishy while mixing. They were just perfect!

  189. Jaimie

    This may be way out in left field, but do you think I could bake frozen scones in a toaster oven? So that I’m not heating the whole house for two scones?

    1. deb

      Jaimie — Does it have a temperature dial? If the temperature is stable, I don’t see why not. But keep an eye on it. Toasters usually brown on top much faster.

  190. Cheryl

    Hi Deb! I’m wondering if I can substitute ricotta for cream cheese instead? Or what other cheese substitutes do you recommend that will still yeid the same results? PS: Fam is not big on ricotta thats why

  191. Anne

    FINALLY bought your cookbook this week and saw this recipe (which I had wrongfully skipped over in the past); it must be serendipitous because in my kitchen right now are the following:
    Strawberries
    Goat Milk Ricotta
    Spent Grain Flour (left over from beer brewing)
    …along with the remaining ingredients above

    Was thinking of making a more savory version of this with the substitutions. Any tips or adjustments?

  192. mj

    Deb, my mom called while I was making these scones with my kids. (Well, at the time, the kids were in the backyard picking the blackberries for this recipe.) Anyway, my mom referenced an article where adults were asked to recall their favorite childhood memories. This might not surprise you…but so many said baking at home. I have been a follower of your blog, a purchaser of your book, and a admirer of your writing for years. Until this moment I have never posted a comment. But really, there’s never been a better time…with flour on my counter and blackberry smeared faces at the screen door…to tell you that you’ve made me a better mom. : )

  193. Meredith

    Just made these….Wonderful texture and the dough was not as hard to work with as I had feared. After reading some of Deb’s comments I went with the 2/3 C wheat flour and 1 1/3 all purpose flour combination. These were not as sweet as I like my scones; I think I will add some coarse sugar to the tops next time I make them. But very delicious and my family enjoyed them very much. I will definitely be adding them to my repertoire.

  194. Mary

    I was so very excited to make these for a family get-together yesterday. The batter was made, sliced, and placed gingerly in the oven…and then five minutes into the baking time I realized that in my scone-induced joy I completely forgot to put the sugar in. Oops. I frantically sprinkled sugar on top in hopes of adding some sweetness, but in the end the scones stayed home. Womp womp. We are eating them cut in half, spread with jam, and calling them breakfast biscuits. Haha. And they’re still pretty good!

  195. Debbye

    After having gone blueberry picking and had an over abundance of them, I tried this recipe with them. They were amazing. I absolutely love raspberries, but enjoyed the blueberries with this recipe even more.

  196. Rachel

    I first discovered these nearly two years ago when the grocery baggers accidentally put someone else’s cream in my bag, and I was searching for a way to use it. Anyway, they’re now pretty much a staple in our freezer, and now that it’s getting colder, I have no problem heating up the oven for one or two scones.

    Most of the time, I just stick with the standard recipe as written, but I’ve changed it up a few times. I’ve replaced the raspberries with blueberries and added about a lemon’s worth of zest. I’ve also replaced the ricotta with pumpkin puree and added a little cinnamon and nutmeg (where I live, there is no Starbucks, so I’m thankfully not succumbing to pumpkin spice overload). The pumpkin ones tend to need a little extra sweetness, so I sprinkle sugar on top before baking or freezing.

  197. Katy

    Hi, I’m looking forward to making this recipe for a baby shower this weekend. Do you have any recommendations for high altitude? I’m at 6,000 ft but would like to keep the scones moist. Thanks!

  198. Susan

    I’ve had these on my list of things to make for awhile and with the seasons changing and fresh raspberries not in season – made these with cranberries and a bit of orange zest today. Used the kitchen scale for the recipe / measuring and much preferred it to using the measuring cups etc. Popped 2 in the oven and enjoyed these with a cup of tea w/ my husband. They were absolutely delicious / not too sweet. Popped the other 7 in the freezer to flash freeze and store individually. Plan to have these over the upcoming weeks and great for times when unexpected company drops in! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

  199. SP

    I’ve been making these for Christmas breakfast three years in a row; they are a hit! It’s true, the dough can feel very (overly) wet, but persist and ye shall find good scones await!

  200. liz

    just made these cuties up in heart shapes for valentines day breakfast- using the last of raspberries we picked/froze this past summer. substituted out some of the cream for vanilla and yogurt, used half canola and half butter and nonfat ricotta, added a smidge of lemon zest and cardamom too…..wowza!

  201. Brooke

    Made these for the first time today, and I don’t know why I waited so long! I used blueberries, because I had them on hand, but will definitely try with raspberries in the future. My kids didn’t think they were sweet enough, so I whipped up a little glaze, which was just the thing. I think I’ve converted my family to scone people!

  202. Brooke W.

    I have made these before with raspberries and loved them, but I made them today with peaches because that’s what is in season here right now and they were wonderful! This is my go to recipe when I have leftover ricotta floating around my fridge.

  203. Just made these with a big batch of fresh raspberries and holy cow are they delicious. I kept wondering if they were done because they were just so moist, but that’s the genius of the ricotta! I found this recipe via a post about your cookbook on 101 Cookbooks, and now I’m definitely going to have to run out and grab this book. Thank you for such a delicious recipe!!

  204. Janette

    I made these with oat flour because it was the only thing I had on hand, then again recently, following the recipe exactly with wheat flour. I have to say, they are delicious either way, but I think they are much better with oat flour. I felt the wheat taste was a little overpowering for the subtle sweetness of the scone. Amazing with oat flour though!

  205. barbra

    since many of you have tried this with yogurt, I am wondering if this would work if I replaced the cream with buttermilk.
    sorry … I am such a baking newbie!!

  206. Michelle

    I made these with some strawberries that were about to go off. Just chopped them small and did everything else as directed. Delicious scones!

  207. gloucester

    Just made these from the cookbook! I was very happy to find the recipe on your website too, in order to leave this compliment. (Btw, I’m American but apparently a weirdo who couldn’t get your hauntingly gorgeous UK cover image out of my head. So I ordered that version and am now getting a nice elementary course in mLs and degrees C, for which the conversion chart in the back of the book is a wonderful resource!)

    I love the combination of fluff, crumble and crust in these, and the color is just as pretty as your photography promises. I baked half and followed directions for freezing remaining unbaked for a future meal. Thank you!

  208. Nat

    I just tried making these this weekend and had a strange experience (I have made them successfully in the past) and would like to know your thoughts. I used very fresh ingredients with the exception of the raspberries (frozen from trader joes, purchased on Saturday). The mix came together nicely and I tossed the bars in the freezer for two hours so we can bake them fresh when we want to eat them. When I took the bars out of the freezer their outsides were covered in little green dots! They looked like mold spots. I broke open the frozen bars and there were no spots in their insides. Any thoughts on what could have caused this? I ended up tossing them because I just couldn’t figure out what they were. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  209. Yozhik

    Jenn-I substituted 1/4 cup sugar with two tbsp. of truvia. They were a hit, but did not turn out as beautiful as Deb’s. Mine were a bit more golden than the pretty white and pink color of her scones.

  210. kara

    wanted to comment in case anyone ends up in the same situation as i did…i bought raspberries a few days ago and was half way through making these when i realized that the raspberries had gotten moldy! not wanting to waste what i’d put together, i used frozen wild blueberries. i was worried about excess moisture so i did a quick thaw by running them under the faucet and lightly patted them dry between two paper towels. the end product turned out delicious with the substitution, though i will be trying these as you intended someday!

  211. Janelle

    Just made these for probably the 15th time and they remain an absolute favourite. Thanks for all the years of reliable recipes on this blog and a beautiful cookbook too.

  212. Andrea

    My 6 yo child and I made these this morning with fresh strawberries. We made it exactly as written (it’s not often I use those words), just subbing the exact weight of strawberries cut in fine dice for the raspberries. They were fantastic. We made 12 total, froze 1/2 and baked the rest for the full 15 minutes. They could have been sprinkled with sugar (?turbinido), but they really didn’t need any additional sweetness, probably since the strawberries were in season & so sweet. Thanks for another great recipe and to echo others, thank you for awesome recipes to inspire and motivate our kids to be in the kitchen with us!

  213. Christie

    Can AP flour replace the whole wheat flour 1:1?

    Apologies if you’ve already answered this question — I didn’t see it in the above comments, but I may have missed it :-)

  214. Elizabeth

    Hello! I just bought a scone pan – the Nordic Bakeware one with all the triangle shaped compartments for each scone. Really I bought it to make brownies so they would all get the crispy corners but I am now wondering if your raspberry scones might work in it too. Or does s cookie sheet allow the heat to distribute around it in a way that is critical?

    Thanks!

    Elizabeth

    1. deb

      Elizabeth — I’ve never tried one of those pans before but I haven’t been unhappy with the texture of scones on a flat baking sheet, either.

  215. Susan

    Made this morning – delicious! Thank you for suggesting the 7-inch square size; I’m terrible at estimating the height of dough but use a silicon mat with ruler marks to roll these out and knew exactly how big to make it.

    My favorite ‘do-ahead’ trick for scones is to measure the dry ingredients into a bowl and put parchment paper on a baking sheet the night before. It doesn’t save a lot of time but it limits the number of steps my morning brain has to follow. :)

  216. Caroline Scott

    I do not like the way that your new site prints — instead of one compact page I get from 5-7pages — not good! I am killing lots of trees now and don’t think that I will be printing much from now on. Is there any way that you can “fix” these to print on 1-2 pages?
    Thanks!

  217. Megan

    Love these. I make them at the height of raspberry season, then freeze and bake in the middle of winter when we need a taste of summer. I make them exactly as written, they are so good!

  218. Brittany Miller

    Hello! This is my second time making these…they came out pretty good the first time, but this second time for some reason they were incredibly flat. Is it possible that all the moisture weights the scones down? I put the right amount of baking powder but it seems that as they bake, they don’t rise – the opposite, actually. I just want to know what I’m doing wrong! Good thing they taste great no matter what :P

  219. Hannah

    I just made these and they are so tasty! Everyone loved them. We made a simple raspberry glaze to put on them too! I found the recipe in your cookbook and decided they would be a perfect breakfast to have before a busy Thanksgiving! Your book has so many great recipes, I’m excited to continue cooking and baking.