This easy scone recipe calls for nectarines, but try swapping in different stone fruits, such as peaches and plums, as they ripen throughout the season. Serve for brunch or afternoon tea. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2019

Kate McDermott


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  • Position racks in middle and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Whisk all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.

  • Make a well in the flour mixture and crack egg in the center. Add sour cream, 1 cup milk, butter, oil, orange zest and vanilla. Using a fork, mix together quickly until everything has just come together but is not overmixed. Using a spatula, fold in nectarine.

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Form into 2 balls and pat each into a 7-inch circle about 1 inch thick. Brush with the remaining 2 teaspoons milk and sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Cut each round into 8 wedges, separate and place on the prepared pans.

  • Bake the scones, swapping pans from top to bottom and front to back after 10 minutes, until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes total.


Tip: To avoid the risk of a metallic taste, recipes that use more than a few teaspoons of baking powder often call for an aluminum-free version of the leavening agent. It can be found in the baking section of well-stocked markets.

To make ahead: Store airtight for up to 1 day; reheat at 300 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

239 calories; total fat 10.3g 16% DV; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 30mg 10% DV; sodium 236mg 9% DV; potassium 101mg 3% DV; carbohydrates 32.7g 11% DV; fiber 2.1g 8% DV; sugar 9g; protein 5g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 230IU; vitamin c 1mg; folate 49mcg; calcium 115mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 8mg; added sugar 7g.

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I had never made scones before and didn't like the results. It may be me. I used 2% milk which I had on hand and I let the batter sit in the fridge for 2 hours before I baked it. It was a wet batter and I didn't knead it because I had let it sit. Also I substituted the orange zest with 2 TBSP of Grand Marnier liqeur and used blueberries. The flavor is decent it's best compared to a bread than a scone. It lacks the crumb and pastry-like quality that I was hoping for. Where did I fail? Read More