Raspberry Vanilla Scones with Almonds

Raspberry Vanilla Scones with Almonds

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These Raspberry Vanilla Scones with Almonds are sweet for a Valentine’s Day Tea Party or Mother’s Day Brunch. Loaded with raspberries and sweetened with a delightful vanilla icing, they are perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

I love scones in any shape or form. They are easy to prepare and make lovely snacks or treats to serve for a brunch or afternoon tea.

 

Teatime Etiquette

Have you ever wondered about Teatime etiquette for serving scones? Do you serve them alone with tea or with other sweets and savory items? And if so, when do you serve the scones? All of these are great questions and if you have a desire to learn, here are the answers!

First, recognize that there are various times for serving tea. There is Elevenses, Low Tea (sometimes called afternoon tea), and High Tea. Here in America, you’ll mostly see afternoon tea, especially in tea rooms.

Elevenses is equal to a late-morning snack with tea and scones or biscuits. Something to hold you over until lunchtime.

Serving Scones for a "Low" Tea or Afternoon Tea

Low Tea or Afternoon Tea

Low Tea is what most people think of with a lovely table laid out with scones, little tea sandwiches, and beautiful, individual desserts, often served on a three-tired stand. Think Downton Abbey. This tea is often served in a parlor on a “low” table such as a coffee table or stand, anywhere from 2-5 PM.

Low Tea is believed to have first started with Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedform, England in 1840. Apparently, the Duchess would become hungry around three or four o’clock in the afternoon because the evening meal wasn’t served until eight. The Duchess would ask for a tray of tea, bread and butter sandwiches, and cake to be brought to her room. Her friends and ladies-in-waiting would often join her for this tea, forming the first “tea parties!” 

High Tea is held early evening (between 5 and 7) and came about by the “working class” who may not have been able to take an afternoon lunch. Thus they would eat a hearty meal after work with tea, sandwiches, and soups. So, this tea is more like a meal and is served on a “high” table or a regular kitchen table.

If you’re interested in learning more tidbits about serving tea, please visit these Tea Party Posts.  Now, lets move on to making scones!

 

Ingredients for Raspberry Vanilla Scones with Almonds

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter (cold)
  • half and half cream
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • frozen raspberries
  • sliced almonds

Icing

  • powdered sugar
  • whole milk
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Dough

In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Cutting in the Butter with a Blending Fork

Cut in butter with a blending fork (or your fingers) until mixture is crumbly.

Pour in half and half cream, large egg, and vanilla and almond extracts. Stir into the flour mixture.

Mixing in the Frozen Raspberries

Add in the frozen raspberries and sliced almonds. Gently mix with a fork or your hands until dough comes together.

I’ve made this recipe two ways–with whole frozen raspberries and also with broken bits of frozen raspberries. Of the two, I prefer using whole raspberries (and maybe only breaking the very largest ones in half.) 

 

Form the Scones

Pat the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out scones and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Scones Cut into Triangles

If you prefer, you may form the scones into triangles by patting dough into a circle and slicing into 8-10 equal pieces. Then transfer dough triangles to a baking sheet or prepared scone pan.

Another alternative is to spread heavy whipping cream over the scones and sprinkle with sparkling decorator’s sugar before baking.

Cool Scones on a Wire RAck

Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and place on a wire cooling rack.

 

Prepare the Icing

Icing Ingredients

In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar, whole milk, vanilla and almond extracts. Mix together until smooth and creamy.

Spread Icing over Warm Scones

Spread icing over slightly warm scones to ensure the icing sets up nice and shiny.

Serving Raspberry Scones for an Afternoon Tea Party - Low Tea

This recipe will make 12-15 scones. Serve with hot tea or coffee for a brunch, snack, or an afternoon tea party.

See more Scone Recipes Here. Browse Tea Party Ideas Here. View Brunch Suggestions Here. 

 

Recipe for Raspberry Vanilla Scones with Almonds

Raspberry Vanilla Scones with Almonds

These sweet scones are perfect for a Valentine's Day Tea Party or Mother's Day Brunch.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Raspberries, Sliced Almonds, Tea Party
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 15

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Blending Fork
Silicone Baking Mat
Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1/2 cup half and half cream
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Icing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gather your equipment and ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cut in the cold butter with a blending fork (or your fingers) until mixture is crumbly.
  • Pour in half and half cream, large beaten egg, and vanilla and almond extracts. Stir into flour mixture.
  • Add in the frozen raspberries and sliced almonds. Using a fork or your hands, gently work the dough until it comes together, but try not to overwork the dough for a more tender scone.
  • Pat the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out scones using a biscuit cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
    (If you prefer not to ice the scones, you may brush heavy whipping cream over the scones and sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons of sparkling decorator's sugar before baking.)
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack.

Prepare the Icing

  • In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar, whole milk, and vanilla and almond extracts. Mix together until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread icing over warm scones.
  • This recipe will make 12-15 scones.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated all butter on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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