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How to Make Dried Fruit Scones

Updated on October 21, 2014
fruit scones
fruit scones

I recently discovered a fondness for scones, especially after I started to experiment with them a few months ago. I don't quite remember how it started, but all know it had something to do with my matcha scone experiment, taking me three tries to finally get it right.

Since those scones turned out so great, I decided to have some fun. What other types of scones can I come up with other than the usual blueberry ones I see all over the place?

In order to prepare for my brainstorming session, I made myself a nice cup of herb tea with a handful of dried fruits to snack on. As I enjoyed my snack of dried fruits, that's when the idea of using them in scones hit me. I know I've seen scones dotted with dried cranberries before and I thought, why not dried fruits. By the way, my packet of dried fruits consisted of raisins, pineapples and papaya bits but I'm sure any combination would work.

The great thing about dried fruits is that you can simply throw them into the batter. No draining of excess liquids or any slicing and dicing involved. I usually like some glaze on my scones, but I completely forgot to make one and in the end, I think they were pretty awesome without it.

You might want to try some of my other recipes.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 8


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits
Nordic Ware Scottish Scone & Cornbread Pan
Nordic Ware Scottish Scone & Cornbread Pan

8-slot pan lets you easily make scones, cornbread and buscuits. The heavy cast-aluminum surface ensures quick and even heating and can be used in the oven or the stovetop. Nonstick surface makes cleaning easy.



  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter until it looks like cookie crumbs.
  4. In a small bowl, combine milk and 2 tablespoons beaten egg.
  5. Add liquid to crumb mixture until just moistened. You don't have to use it all.
  6. Add dried fruits to the mixture.
  7. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead gently 6-8 times.
  8. Cut dough in half and pat into two 6-inch circles.
  9. Cut each circle into 4 wedges.
  10. Place the wedges on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  11. Brush tops with remaining egg.
  12. Bake 15 minutes or lightly brown.

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Are you a fan of scones? What's your favorite? Do you prefer sweet or savory? Feel free to leave a comment. Thanks!

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice, I'm all for this recipe it reminds me of the Sultana Tea Buns my mother used to make every week for our school lunch.

      Thanks I will make some and see what the difference is in tastes, to the buns.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I LOVE scones! Looks like something even this non-cook could do. :) Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful!

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      I've gotta come back and visit this today, smine27. It was at the top of the feed but I want to spend more time than I have. The image looks delish.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Am I a fan of scones? That's like asking me if I like to breathe! Oh yes. The very first scone I ever ate had currants in it, and so, of course, the very first scone I ever baked had currants as well. Then there were savory cheese scones, scones with chopped apples and cranberries, scones with white raisins and scones with black raisins, and scones with dried apricots and scones with fresh apricots. The list goes on and on. My favorite this morning, though is a Mex-Veg scone I'm noshing as I type. So good.

      Hmmm. Got a bit carried away, didn't I? Your recipe is similar to my own, although I always use whole wheat flour, and it looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing it.

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      4 years ago

      These look yummy! I'd prefer the sweet scones. What a great recipe to make for upcoming Mother's Day!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      We have a vintage train museum where I live and while on the train tour you stop to have tea and scones. As soon as I saw your opening photo the memory flashed into my mind. Dripping with melted butter they are so delicious.

    • bpratt lm profile image

      bpratt lm 

      4 years ago

      These look amazing! My favorite scone would have to be maple! Especially during the fall season, I can't get enough of them! Great lens ;)

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      4 years ago

      I sent this to my daughter and asked her to make these for me and her for Mother's day! I want her to use dry cranberries and other fruits! Looks soooooooo good! Great lens!

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      Mary Crowther 

      4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Yum! I would love to try these with dried cranberries!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Good timing for us! These sound and look so good! Another recipe i will be trying soon, perhaps with dried apricots.


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