Quick and easy pomegranate scones

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Pomegranate scones

These quick and easy pomegranate scones are quick to whip up and so delicious. You will instantly fall in love with them. Cut into triangles vs rounds gives them a rustic look and makes them even more fuss-free.

While developing recipes for my second cookbook (due to be published in March 2015) I desperately wanted to do a fresh fruit scone. I tested a few options but each time the raspberries, figs, or blueberries broke up too much and affected the integrity of the recipe. They tasted great but didn’t rise enough or hold together well. I came up with a very cool recipe but you are going to have to wait until next year to find out what I did. Hopefully when you buy my book.

pomegranate scones

Pomegranate seeds are the perfect solution to this problem. The berries are sturdy and contain their juice in firm little jewels. They only break at a later stage of baking or when you put the scone in your mouth. And yes, that is the best part. When the little juicy bits burst while eating these tasty scones.

pomegranate scones

Tips on how to make perfect scones:

  1. Don’t overwork the dough. Handle it as little as possible and gently flatten it out before cutting your shapes.
  2. Make scones by hand and work on a cool surface such as marble if possible. 
  3. Allow the scones to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes while the oven is preheating.
  4. Use cold or frozen butter. With this recipe, the butter is grated in, and using fridge-cold or semi-frozen butter makes it easier. 
  5. Flour your knife, cookie, or pastry cutter before cutting and slicing into the scones. This makes the pastry drag less as you cut it down which helps it rise in the oven.
  6. If you are going to egg wash the top to get a more golden colour don’t egg wash the sides of the scone. 
  7. If you want really high scones don’t flatten the dough too much before cutting. Keep it quite thick to start with. 
pomegranate scones

 I love the sugary crust which adds texture, and the flavour of the scone was delicious. An all-around winner of a recipe. The only thing I would do next time is add more Pomegranate seeds (I’ve adjusted the quantity from 1/2 cup to 3/4 of a cup, but you could even do a full cup).

I love to serve scones straight from the oven with lashings of butter. These were also lovely with aged sharp Cheddar cheese.

*scones also freeze very well if you perchance have any leftovers.

A few of my favourite scones recipes:

My best cheese scones

Easy butternut scones with cheese and chives

Easy pumpkin and Parmesan scones

Quick & easy cranberry & orange scones

Easy lemonade scones with cheese and herbs

My best baking recipes on Drizzleanddip

Recipe – makes 8 scones 

Pomegranate scones

Delicious and easy pomegranate scones. 
Print Recipe
Pomegranate scones
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar + and extra Tbsp for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 Tblsp butter 1 stick or 113gm (cold or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk or half & half or cream I guess full cream milk would work too, I used evaporated milk
  • 1 large free-range egg

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400F / 200C.
  • Mix the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Grate the butter into the flour mixture on the large holes of a grater. Using your fingers work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a coarse crumb. Stir in pomegranate seeds.
  • In another bowl, whisk the cream/milk and egg until smooth.
  • Using a fork, stir the cream/ egg mixture into the flour mixture until a dough forms.
  • Empty the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it briefly so that it comes together. Pat down to form a large flattened disk.
  • Using a sharp floured knife or pastry cutter cut the dough into 8 triangles. Place these on a lined baking tray allowing space in between each. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top surface of the scones.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

Notes

These pomegranate scones are best eaten on the day, freshly baked out hte oven.
They freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave.
Servings: 8
Author: Sam Linsell

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18 Comments

  1. Pomegranate in scones…brilliant!! how come I didn’t think of it earlier.. we have such a robust pomegranate season here in India!!

  2. Congrats on the cookbook! If this is a preview of what’s to come it’s going to be brilliant! 🙂

  3. Those look awesome! I just love pomegranate, the little seeds are so cute and pretty 🙂

  4. I always have buttermilk in my fridge, can I use this instead of evaporated milk? Or does the evaporated milk give them a different flavour. Look forward to seeing your new book!

  5. Hi Elna, I think it will be perfect with Buttermilk. I love using it in baking too. and even regular milk.

  6. Thanks Sune :-))) – the recipes are going to be on the naughty but nice side of life.

  7. Hi Servani – I agree, I wondered why I hadnt thought of it either. Anyway, Im glad I found this recipe, its a keeper. I also adore pomegranate and have done so many recipes on my site. Its lovely in gaucamole and I make a fab cordial with the juice.

  8. I’ve been crusting on pomegranates recently. They’re fantastic. These scones look divine!

  9. I saw this recipe this morning and had to make it as I love scones. I used yogurt, as a substitute for the milk in the recipe, and it turned out great. Thank you for a wonderful and easy recipe. I will be experimenting with different flavors as orange, cranberry etc.

  10. I love the idea of pomegranate scones, these would be perfect for a holiday themed brunch!

  11. Hi Daisy – thats great – thanks for letting us know. I often have yoghurt in the house vs cream so this is excellent to know.

  12. These scones look delish! I’ve never used pomegranate. Do you just cut in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon or us there a trick?

  13. Hi Joanne – I sort of break it in half (cut a little way in) then fill a bowl with water. Break open teh skin and pull the seeds out with your hands under the water. This way all the red juice doesnt splatter everywhere. check out this blog post for details on how to juice and de seed a pomegranate:https://drizzleanddip.com/2013/05/10/pomegranate-and-ginger-spritzer

    I have seen people cut in half and bash them out by hitting hte back of them, but this has never worked for me.
    best
    sam

  14. Congratulations on your cookbook! I just stumbled on your blog and absolutely love it! Love your food pictures! 🙂

  15. Thank you so much!

  16. Hi Sam I found your web site searching for scone recipes. I had just been given about 2 dozen pomegranates and wanted to do something different with them. I made these with full cream and added some craisins because i needed to use up the rest of the bag before they got old. Everyone loved them, and I love your web site. Looking forward to trying many more of your recipes. thank you!

  17. Thank you Carrie and Im so glad you enjoyed the scones

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