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Mangels House English Scones

Notes: Jackie Fisher uses her mother's recipe to make these tender, currant-studded scones at Mangels House in Aptos, California. Serve with raspberry jam and butter.

Sunset OCTOBER 1998

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • About 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • About 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • About 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine
  • About 1/2 cup buttermilk


1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix currants, brandy, and orange peel. Heat in a microwave oven at full power (100%) just until warm, 15 to 20 seconds.

2. In another bowl, mix 2 cups flour, 6 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. With a pastry blender, cut in 1/ 2 cup butter until no lumps are larger than 1/ 4 inch. Stir in currant mixture.

3. Add 1/2 cup buttermilk; stir just enough to evenly moisten dough. If dough is crumbly, sprinkle a little more buttermilk over mixture and stir. Pat dough into a ball and knead in bowl just until dough holds together.

4. Set dough on a lightly buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheet. Flatten into a 1/2-inch-thick round. With a floured knife, cut round in quarters or eighths, leaving wedges in place. Brush dough with about 2 teaspoons buttermilk and sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

5. Bake scones in a 400° oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a rack. Serve warm or cool. Break round into wedges.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 276
  • Calories from fat: 36%
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 7.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 38g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 394mg
  • Cholesterol: 33mg

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Mangels House English Scones recipe