Ginger and Black Treacle Scones

ginger and black treacle scone

During the winter months we need a little extra warmth with our afternoon tea, the ginger in these scone gives that added warmth and comfort. I have found the best way to mix the black treacle in to the scone mix is to dissolve it in a little warm milk, it gets a little sticky otherwise!

I have doubled my usual quantities for this recipe, this recipe will make about 10-12 x 7.5cm scones.

You will need:

  • 10 tbsp Warm Milk
  • 1 tbsp Black Treacle
  • 460g Plain Flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 2tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 60g Caster Sugar
  • 120g Butter
  • 100g Crystallized Ginger (chop up any large pieces)
  • 1 egg beaten (optional)


  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees grease baking sheet.
  • Warm the milk gently and dissolve the black treacle in it. Don’t heat the milk above lukewarm.
  • Sift the flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda together.
  • Rub in the caster sugar and butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the crystallized ginger and stir gently until well distributed throughout the mixture.
  • Gradually add the milk until you have a soft ball of dough. You do not need to use all the milk mixture if you don’t require it and you can add more as necessary.
  • You do not want to over handle the dough or the will be hard and tough.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and gently press out (I use my finger tips and hands to press out the dough rather than squash it with a rolling pin) until about 2.5cm or 1inch thick. Cut out to your desired size with your cookie cutter.
  • Place your scones on the baking sheet, reform the dough scraps and repeat until all the dough has been used.
  • Glaze with the beaten egg.
  • Bake for about 10mins or golden brown.
  • These are perfect on their own or with a bit of butter.
  • These are best on the day of cooking but will keep for 2-3 days in an air tight container.

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