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Old Granite Inn Ginger Scones

Old Granite Inn Ginger Scones
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by in Jan 2010
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Total Time: 30

Yield: 8 scones

This recipe is adapted from the Old Granite Inn in Rockland, Maine, where co-owner Ed Hantz serves biscuity, lightly spiced ginger scones for breakfast.


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided, plus extra for work surface
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 stick (1/4 pound) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup raw or granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 400˚. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, orange zest, and ginger until evenly mixed. Add remaining all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter. Process until mixture has the consistency of coarse meal. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat 1/2 cup cream, vanilla, and egg. Combine with flour/butter mixture and stir; mixture will be crumbly. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface. Form into a ball and knead just until dough sticks together; don’t overwork.

Transfer to a baking sheet and pat out into a circular disc about 1-1/2 inches high. Cut disk into 8 wedges; don’t separate them. Brush with remaining cream and sprinkle with raw sugar.

Bake until scones are golden brown and an inserted knife comes out clean, 18—20 minutes.
Updated Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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5 Responses to Old Granite Inn Ginger Scones

  1. Pam Furry December 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    Made these this morning for my house guests … universally enjoyed! Next time I’d use a piece of parchment paper to bake them on as they stuck to the non-stick pan.

  2. Anonymous January 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    I added 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger. After chopping the crystallized ginger in the food processor, I used the stand mixer to bring together the dry and wet ingredients. Dough was very easy to work with and the final result was spectacular! I highly recommend these, even for beginners.

  3. Linda Law January 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    You don’t need 1/4 cup cream to brush onto wedges. Can use much less. I followed the recipe this time, and it was very good, but I’ll use more zest and ginger next time.

  4. j maher June 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    I have never made scones and found this recipe in an old magazine. If you love scones this is a keeper. I did add 1/2 teaspoon ginger and used parchment paper. If you have the big granular sugar like baker’s use it would look nicer.

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