Alice Bay Buttermilk Scones

Samish IslandThe scone recipe on which I’ve based my variations comes from the Alice Bay Cookbook by Julie Wilkinson Rousseau, care of my dear friend and sous-chef, Julie Brown. It contains recipes from the Alice Bay Bed and Breakfast. I don’t want to violate the copyright by reprinting the instructions, but here’s my slightly modified version of the ingredient list for that recipe, which you’ll need if you’re going to attempt to follow my elaborate instructions:


  • 2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 T sugar (or 1 T for savory scones)
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 c cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 c raisins
  • 1 T grated orange peel
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 t sugar

Order the Alice Bay Cookbook 1986 edition from Amazon. Used copies start at $3.75. What a bargain! Or visit the Alice Bay web site and scroll to the bottom of the page, where you’ll find the recipe for Alice Bay French Toast.

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