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The best way I can describe these Cardamom and Golden Raisin Scones Recipe is an elegant sophisticated flavor that will awake the senses you never knew you had. It will make you fall in love with the delicate fragrance of the cardamom and the light fruity flavor of the golden raisins. It’s a match made in heaven!
Why do I like this recipe?
When I first made these scones I fell in love with the flavor. There is something very special about the taste of cardamom. It’s like a delicate flower gently wrapping around your taste buds. The combination with the lightly sweet but fruity golden raisins creates a beautiful harmony and balance.
What I also like about this recipe is that it’s very easy to make, you don’t need a whole lot of ingredients to make it. And, I also included step-by-step images to make it even easier to follow.
Now, before we get started with making this Cardamom and Golden Raisin Scones, let’s talk about Cardamom.
What is cardamom?
Also known as cardamon, or cardamum is a spice made from the dry pods of different plants in the Elettaria(1) family. The pods contain a number of seeds, but both the shell and the seeds can be grounded and use in savory and sweet cooking.
There are two main types of cardamom, green and black. Green cardamom is more popular in Scandinavian and Middle Eastern countries. Whereas black, as well as green cardamom, are popular in Indian and Asian cousins.
How to use Cardamom?
You can use Cardamom in many dishes and beverages, from sweet to savory. It has a very distinctive perfume-like fragrance, with sweet and minty notes. Black cardamom has a bit more of a smoky taste to it and often used in savory dishes.
Ground cardamom is used very often in pastries and can be also added to coffee drinks. In savory dishes is added to rice and curry dishes, or stews.
As you can see, cardamom can be used in a variety of dishes and sweets and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you do.
Now let me show you how to make this delicious Cardamom and Golden Raisin Scones recipe!
NOTE! Before you start make sure you have very cold butter. What I like to do is to put the butter in the freezer an hour before I start. This way you will have almost frozen butter, which will not only be easier to grade but also will stay cold longer.
Having cold butter is very important for this recipe because if you don’t, the texture of the scones will not be right. And it won’t be a scone anymore. What you are looking for is a crumbly but tender interior, not a soft cake-like texture.
- First, you need to combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cardamom in a bowl.
- Once you grade the cold butter, add it to the flour mix. Using your hands work the butter into the flour, till it looks like coarse sand. You’ll have some bigger pieces and that’s ok. This is what will create the crumbly texture.
- To this, you will add the whisked egg and cream. Half away through the mix add the golden raisins.
- Transfer to a flat surface and shape the dough into a round disk about 1.5″(4cm) thick. Remember, you have to do this pretty quick so the butter doesn’t start to melt.
- This dough makes eight scones. Once you have the pieces cut out brush them with extra cream or milk and sprinkle Cardamom Sugar on top. Transfer them to the freezer for about 20-30min, to firm up.
- Before baking make sure you have about 2″(5cm) space between each scone, as they will expand as they bake.
They are ready went they are lightly golden brown on top and at the edges. Let them cool off a bit. Make yourself a cuppa tea or coffee, and take a moment to appreciate the goodness you just created.
You can keep them covered on the counter for up to a week. But who will have them that long anyway!
And here are some other recipes I really like and recommend you try:
Rugelach Cookies – These croissant shaped like cookies are a crowd pleaser! They are also made with minimal ingredients but do not compromise on taste.
Chocolate Banana Bread – My favorite use of over ripened bananas. If you like chocolate and banana combination, this is the perfect recipe. Its moist, tender, and delicious!
Apple Walnut Tartlets – These babies are not only super cute but super tasty too! Made with a flaky buttery crust, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and apples. I mean.., how can you say no to that?
Well, my dear reader, I hope you make this recipe and share it with your family and friends. As I always say, let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions, by leaving a comment below.
Cardamom and Golden Raisin Scones
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1/8 t Cardamom powder
- In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cardamom powder.
- Whisk the egg. Set aside.
- Grade the frozen/cold butter.
- Add the grated butter to the flour mix. Using your hands work the butter into the flour, till it resembles coarse sand.
- Mix in the cold cream and egg.
- Hald away through the mixing, add the golden raisins. Fold few more times.
- Dump the ruffly mixed dough into the tabletop. Using your hands shape the dough into a round disk-like shape with a thickness of about 1½"(4cm) and a diameter of about 6"-7"(15-18cm). Work quickly, to prevent melting the butter.
- Make the cardamom sugar mix to sprinkle on top. Set aside.
- Cut into 8 pieces. Brush each piece with milk or cream, sprinkle the cardamom sugar on top. Transfer to parchment paper and put it in the freezer for about 30min.
- Pre-heat the oven to 400F(204C).
- After the 30min., transfer to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure you have about 2"(5cm) space between each scone. They will expand as they bake.
- Bake for about 18-25min., depending on your oven. They should look light golden brown on top and around the edges.
- Let them cool for a few minutes before enjoying.