Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Ginny Branch
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Makes 16 scones (serving size: 1 scone)

In my years running a bakery stand at the Carrboro, North Carolina, farmers' market, customers clamored for the tender, apricot-hued scones studded with chunks of candied ginger. You can freeze the unbaked scones and bake them directly from the freezer; just add a few minutes to the baking time.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of the cardamom. Add butter; cut into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or a fork until butter pieces are the size of corn kernels. Stir in ginger and zest. Stir together sweet potatoes, buttermilk, and 1/4 cup of the cream in a small bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; place sweet potato mixture in well. Working quickly, stir until dough just comes together.

Step 3

Sprinkle prepared baking sheet liberally with flour. Place dough on parchment, and divide dough in half. With floured hands, shape each dough half into a circle between 6 and 7 inches in diameter and about 1 inch thick. Brush circles evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons cream. Stir together turbinado sugar and remaining 1/8 teaspoon cardamom in a small bowl, and sprinkle evenly over dough circles. Run a bread knife or bench scraper under cold water, and cut each circle into 8 wedges (like cutting a pie). Carefully pull wedges away from the center to separate them by about 3/4 inch. (Don't worry about any excess flour on your parchment paper.)

Step 4

Bake on middle rack in preheated oven until golden brown and almost cooked through, about 30 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to lowest oven rack; bake until bottoms of scones are fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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