Mixed Berry Scones

Sylvia McArdle & Stephanie Hannus


  • 3 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup  white sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 3/4 Cups  unsalted butter, cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 Cup  fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup  fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 Cup  fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 Cup  hulled and quartered fresh strawberries
  • 1 1/4 Cup  buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup  heavy cream, for brushing
  • 1/2 Cup  sugar, for sprinkling

This dish would be a favorite of Countess Cora’s to offer to her younger guests with their tea. While visitors such as the Dowager Countess might prefer less flavorful options, these scones would give a needed variety — not to mention flavor — to a meal that most of Cora’s guests would have experienced on a daily basis.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet.

In a large bowl and using a wooden spoon, mix together the flour, both sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Using your bare hands, work the butter into the flour mixture until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add the berries, mixing well, so that the berries are evenly distributed.

In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk and vanilla extract with a fork.

Once again using your hands, dig a well in the center of the dry mixture and pour the buttermilk mixture into the well. Still using your hands, combine the ingredients until the entire mixture appears wet. Do not overknead.

Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured surface. Gently pat down the dough to make a disk about 1½-2 inches thick. Using a biscuit cutter (or a knife if you don’t have a biscuit cutter), cut out as many scones as possible and lay them on the baking sheet. Gather together the remaining dough to cut out more scones, careful not to overknead the dough. 

Liberally brush the heavy cream over the top of each scone, then sprinkle them with sugar. Bake the scones for 10-12 minutes or until they are lightly browned.


The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook (F+W Media, September 2012) By Emily Ansara Baines


Calories per serving:

425 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 190g 292%
  • Carbs 589g 196%
  • Saturated 117g 586%
  • Fiber 21g 85%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 287g
  • Monounsaturated 50g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 56g 111%
  • Cholesterol 541mg 180%
  • Sodium 4,523mg 188%
  • Calcium 1,439mg 144%
  • Magnesium 176mg 44%
  • Potassium 1,399mg 40%
  • Iron 21mg 114%
  • Zinc 5mg 35%
  • Phosphorus 1,993mg 285%
  • Vitamin A 1,709µg 190%
  • Vitamin C 85mg 141%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 211%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 156%
  • Niacin (B3) 24mg 119%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 22%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 764µg 191%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 20%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 41%
  • Vitamin K 52µg 65%
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