Dried Berry Drop Scones

driedberrysconesThese scones are so easy — and a shameless variation on my stone fruit scones — that I’m tempted to skip writing about them. Except I haven’t blogged in over a month and the lack of baking and writing was starting to get old. Things have been tough, I’m not going to deny it. I lost an important family member and that was just for starters. 100_8672

This was not a cat. He was a sage, a seer, and my heart. We will say no more.

On to scones. This is a recipe which takes minutes to make, contains no dairy unless you use butter, and tastes almost as good as cookies without the guilt.

Dried Berry Drop Scones


1/2 cup dried berries, cherries, raisins, or whatever you have on hand (I used a cranberry/cherry mix without sulphur)
1 cup orange juice or booze if you prefer
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 stick Earth Balance (still cold from the fridge)
2 3/4 cups Bisquick (I used the lowfat in the white box)
1/2 cup white sugar
Demerara/Turbinado or raw sugar for garnish (optional)

Put the dried fruit into the orange juice and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

peasizedearthbalanceMix the white sugar and Bisquick in a medium bowl. Cut the Earth Balance into the mixture with knives or a pastry cutter until no single piece of the shortening is any bigger than a pea.

Whisk the egg into the OJ/fruit mixture. Add the vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing as little as possible to avoid tough scones.

Drop generous dollops of batter onto parchment-lined baking sberrysconesforteaheets. These won’t spread much so your dollops will determine how big your scones will be. Sprinkle the tops with raw sugar if desired. Bake about 15 to 20 minutes until scones are brown and firm to the touch. Cool on a rack.

Yields a couple of dozen medium scones.

Printable recipe here:

Dried Berry Drop Scones


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I'm a writer who is always baking! Or a baker who is always writing...No. Other way around.
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9 Responses to Dried Berry Drop Scones

  1. Janet Rörschåch says:

    What a beautiful kitty. I am so sorry you lost such a great friend.

  2. emmarrus says:

    What sort of booze in lieu of OJ? Gorgeous pics!!


  3. Diane Fraser says:

    Or an amaretto, depending on the type of dried fruit used.
    Good to see you back blogging–which means you are baking and writing.

    • Amaretto would be delicious! We never have any in the cupboard though. Or not lately…In the 70s, there used to be a lot of booze around. I am slowly getting back to baking and writing.

  4. Welcome back! The fact that you hold the intention to ‘normalise’ yourself through your twin passions after the recent tragedy speaks of your inner strengths.

    Great recipe, loved it!


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