Soft, delicate, and nothing like coffeehouse cardboard!

It’s Saturday, and in most of the country I bet it’s pretty wintry (it’s even wintry in stormy SoCal). So, I suggest you do something indulgent, and comforting… make yourself a batch of REAL scones – not the kind you choke down from Starbucks or most other coffee shops, but a true scratch scone!

Rather than trying to entertain you with my blog musings, I’m gonna jump right in… after all – you have some baking to do!!!

The Perfect Scone… with mango glaze


  • 2 Cups unbleached flour
  • 1/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 ripe mango – diced
  • 2/3 Cup buttermilk
  • TOPPING: 1 egg, beaten 1 Tsp milk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl. Cut cold butter into small pieces and blend it into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or your finger until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in about half of the diced mango.

Add buttermilk and stir until the dough comes together. Do NOT over mix – you don’t want the butter totally incorporated – the little chunks left melt while baking and create steam, thus increasing the flakiness! Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead dough 4-5 times. Then roll into a 7″ round circle that is about 1 1/2″ thick. Cut into 6 pie-shaped pieces. Places pieces on the baking sheet.

Beat the egg with 1 Tsp milk. Brush the tops of each scone with the egg mixture. Put scones in preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

While scones are baking heat a sauce pan over medium heat, add the remaining mango, sweeten with powdered sugar to taste – you can also add some brandy for added flavor. Saute just until mango is getting soft and has released some moisture. Remove from heat.

When scones are done, and have a nice golden brown top, remove from oven and cool on rack. After scones have cooled for about 10 minutes, drizzle the mango sauce over the top – get yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea, find a cozy place and enjoy!!!


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