Although we’ve been baking these beauties for many years now, they remain a bit of what we call a “Zecret.” Many long-time customers who are well versed in the world of Zingerman’s know them well and love them, but for a first-time visitor, they’re easily missed amidst the vast array of amazing breads and pastries the Bakehouse bakers craft so lovingly every day. They’re in my mind this week because I had a customer stop me the other day to tell me how incredible these are, and her comments reminded me not to take their lusciousness for granted. Since we’ve been making the ginger scones for so long, they would be easy to overlook, but that would clearly be a big mistake! The scone dough itself is incredible (as Frank always says, “just enough flour to hold the butter and heavy cream together”)—spiked with spicy cubes of crystallized ginger from the South Pacific (which means they’re dipped into sugar syrup then dusted with coarse sugar crystals).
They’re a really fine pairing with some of the Costa Rica Coffee of the Month right now (more on that soon), or a cup of tea. One little “trick” I stumbled on a while back—slice the scone in half horizontally. Put a bit of butter in a skillet and spread a little on each cut side of the scone as well. When the butter is starting to softly bubble, add the scone and cook for a couple minutes until it gets lightly golden brown. The caramelization makes what is already amazing even more so.
No matter how you eat them, you’ll find they have a wonderful lightness that melts beautifully on your tongue. The ginger is lively but not dominant and the butter is rich but not over the top. Beautifully balanced, comfortably complex, and with a lovely long finish, the ginger scones are the epitome of how we think of “full flavor” here at Zingerman’s. A quick and easy way to add a bit of world-class eating to your day!
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- Order online to pick up a ginger scone at the Bakeshop
- You can also buy ginger scones at the Deli and Roadhouse every day (If you want a bunch, order ahead, OK?)
- Scones to ship? Check out this sampler
- If you want to bake Ginger Scones at home, pick up a copy of Zingerman’s Bakehouse! Or try our recipe for Country Scones.