Did You Know It Is Happy International Scone Week


August 15, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson

International-Scone-Week-Cherry-Ricotta-Xylitol-whatsonthelistDid You Know It Is Happy International Scone Week?

Before you go off to Google it, I can share, International Scone Week is made up!


Made up and is not real!

But is it?

In order to understand the present, I always think we need to appreciate the past!

Back in 2010, there were “a flurry of serendipitous scone baking in the blogosphere,” according to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

Celia, along with Heidi of Steps On The Journey and Joanna from Zeb Bakes, decided it would be great to create an annual event.

What a great event this has been to date, uniting bloggers from around the world to create unique scones and share them throughout the same week each year!

Should you wish to bake some scones, there is still time, and please join us!

This year, Celia has turned the baton over to Tandy from Lavender & Lime to continue her legacy!

Please hop over to Tandy’s blog and check out her Yogurt Scones, Cheese and Tomato Scones and from previous years Choc Chip Scones and Sourdough Scones to name a few!

As I mentioned, in order to appreciate the present, we need to look towards the past and for those who are unfamiliar with what a scone is, simply, it’s a quick bread or quick cake!

Scones these days can pretty much be made with most ingredients, but are usually made with wheat, oats, barley combined with baking powder.

Whether a scone is glazed or not, is personal preference and most people will associate scones with high tea.

The original scone was flat and round and was the size of a medium dinner plate and were baked on a griddle; hence the Scottish name of griddle cakes aka griddle scones.

Scones can be savory or sweet, and now come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

As you know by now, I am always fascinated by “oddball and quirky” things when it comes to all things about food!

Who holds the record for the largest scone to date?

A group of Country Women’s Association (CWA) ladies baked a 178 kilo (392.43 pounds) scone at the Cowra Show in New South Wales, Australia in September 2011.

Before you ask:

111 kilos (244.7 pounds) of flour was used, 33 litres (8.7 gallons) of milk; 4.5kg (158.7) of butter, 4.5kg (158.7) of castor sugar and 492 grams (17.3 ounces) of baking powder!

As I have shared time and time again, no recipe is really an original and think we all get inspiration by what we read and see!

Today’s recipe was adapted and inspired by Angie from Friday is Cake Night’s Ricotta and Fresh Cherry Scones.

For people who follow my blog, would know that my food lifestyle includes using Naturally Sweet Products’ Xylitol.

I am a lot happy and healthier for using this product in my daily cooking and baking!

Let’s get onto the recipe eh?

Here’s a hint and tip before I start:

“The easiest way to take the pits out of cherries is to use a chopstick!”

Please the chopstick on the bottom side of the cherry in line where the pit in and push the chopstick through.

Note: If the cherries are juicy, be gentle!

Happy International Scone Week Cherry & Ricotta Scones
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Are you looking for an easy, cherry scone recipe that is sugarless and a lot healthier?
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 6 scones
  • Ingredients for the Scone
  • 2 cups baking flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup Naturally Sweet Products Xylitol
  • ½ teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt
  • 90 grams Western Star unsalted spreadable butter
  • ¾ cups La Vera ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup thickened cream
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted, slightly chopped for texture
  • Ingredients for the Glaze
  • ¼ cup Naturally Sweet Products Sweet Icing Sugar (sugarless)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • flour for dusting
  • oil spray (optional)
  1. Pre heat oven to 200C.
  2. In a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, xyltiol and salt.
  3. Add spreadable butter and combine.
  4. Turn dough onto lightly floured flat surface. With floured hands, add cherries into the dough and gently knead until the dough is mostly smooth and comes together. Do not over knead.
  5. In a pie tin, mould scones to desired size and shape. Baking time may vary depending on tin used.
  6. Bake 15 - 20 minutes until lightly golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from stove and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  8. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the glaze and drizzle over scones.
  9. ENJOY!
Feel free to substitute equal amounts of sugar for the xylitol

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Hands up, who would like to try one of these International Scone Week Cherry and Ricotta Scones?

Have you ever made scones at home?

What is your favorite scone recipe?

Would you have ever thought something sugarless made for International Scone Week could look this tasty?

All xylitol products were graciously provided by Naturally Sweet Products in collaboration with What’s On The List.

I had been a long time loyal user of their products prior to our collaboration.

Please feel free to hop over to see what other members from International Scone Week made via Twitter hashtag #ISW2015!

Thanks again to Tandy who has done a terrific job in coordinating this year’s International Scone Week, and has well and truly done Celia’s legacy proud!

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103 thoughts on “Did You Know It Is Happy International Scone Week

  1. These scones look heavenly. I used to love ordering scones from coffee shops and getting them warmed up just for me when I was little. Now I may just have to bring the baked good charm into my own kitchen, thanks!

  2. Ohh this looks good – I bet it is very tasty too <3 My mom would definitely love it.

  3. swood97 says:

    I missed Scone week! I’m sure I would have enjoyed trying to make them. Yours look marvelous! I’d like one slathered with icing! #merrymonday

  4. I didn’t know it was last week, I’m pretty sad I missed out. Now I want a scone lol : )

  5. I absolutely love scones and love making them at home, your version with the ricotta and cherries sounds wonderful! This is one of my favorite entries from last week’s What’d You Do This Weekend? and will be one of my features at tomorrow’s party, I hope you will join us again!

  6. I love scones and I would have participated in Happy Scone Week had I known!

  7. This recipe looks so yummy, Joanne! That’s why it was one of my feature picks for #AnythingGoes #19 beginning tomorrow. Congratulations!

  8. Katie Reed says:

    I have both hands up! I would love to try these. The best scones I ever had were blueberry almond scones. I have no problem celebrating a made up international week if it involves scones!

  9. These look scrumptious! I can’t believe it, but I’ve never had a scone. I see them, and they always look so good, but whenever I’m at a place that sells them I always find something else to try.

  10. Krystal says:

    I had no idea chopsticks could help you get the pits out! That is so funny. Good to know.

  11. Thanks for pointing out some of the characteristics that make a ‘scone’ a ‘scone.’ I have always kind of wondered why it wasn’t called a cookie or a biscuit. I like the fruity flavored ones the best, and have never had a savory one before…now I am curious about that.

  12. Gretchen says:

    These look delicious! I don’t think I could pick a favorite scone, I seem to love them all. My boys even requested scones again this week for their first day if school snack when they get home. Love the scone tin, I have a similar one.

  13. These scones look so delicious. I love these and never made them before. I will have to make these for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I didn’t know there was a scone week but I’m a huge fan of scones. I even have a scone board on Pinterest which I’ve pinned your recipe to. There is a bed N breakfast about 40 miles from here that serves tea and even books tea parties. They have amazing scones and that’s how I first became a fan of scones.

  15. This scones recipe sounds delightful! I haven’t had a scones recipe that used cherries before so I’m excited to try this!

  16. Dina says:

    Your scones look absolutely scrumptious!! I must make them this weekend. Printing it off now!

  17. Boy does those bring back memories! These look better then the ones that I ate years ago though.

  18. Rose says:

    I had my first scone in my good friend’s kitchen in Glasgow. 🙂 She was aghast that I had never tried them prior. They were delicious!

  19. Looks really yummy! Hope I can do it the way you did it 🙂 . Love your recipes Joanne.

  20. What a fun thing to celebrate! Your Scones look beautiful, Joanne, and I love the tip about pitting the cherries with chopsticks!

  21. I have never had scones with ricotta cheese before! I am going to try these for sure. Thanks for all the link and tweet ♥ 🙂

  22. Nikki says:

    OMG!!! I would love to try it out, but I can’t bake by myself, I will print your recipe and try it.

  23. I had not heard of your sweetner Xylitol. thanks for making me more aware and bringing SCONES BACK!

  24. I had no idea it was scone week!! I never thought to make these at home; I know I love to get them at the fair. I love the pan I had no idea that they made on like that before!

  25. Alison says:

    Oh my gosh I had no idea there was even and International Scone week – this could potentially be the best week ever because this girl loves scones and these look absolutely delicious!!! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Oh, how I love scones! I can’t bake them to save my life, but I really like those mornings when I have an excuse to be near the coffee shop and can pop in for a blueberry scone. Happy Scone Week!

  27. Jacob Fu says:

    I’ve never really gotten into scones but apparently there are a couple must try places in SD. Sounds like this week should be the week we go!

  28. These are beautiful scones, when I was a kid my mum used to make so many different types of scones for us shame I only remember a few recipes and sad there isnt an actual scone week lol

  29. Dogvills says:

    Your Cherry Scones look mouth watering! These are perfect for afternoon snacks with tea or coffee.

  30. Your Cherry Scones are perfect for “high tea” or for a breakfast treat!

  31. Kirsty says:

    Wowee! 178 kg scone, oh MYYY. Imaging cutting that sucker in half? What an awesome piece of scone related trivia Joanne. Your ricotta and cherry scones sound wonderful. Cheese, butter and cream, now ya talking!

  32. Eileen says:

    I have never tried to have scones. However, looking at your pictures, it seems to be such a delicious snack. My mom is the baking guru in the family. I will show her your recipe and ask her to make me some. 🙂

  33. I don’t think k I’ve ever had a scone, but your photos make me want to try them. Next time I’m in the mood for something baked, I will have to try out your recipe.

  34. rika says:

    Yum.. I love Scone.. I always order Scone from breakfast places. Especially Starbucks! I never tried any Scone recipe before

  35. I love scones! I have never heard of international scone week, these look and sound delicious I love the pan you made them.

  36. dishofdailylife says:

    Your scones look so delicious! Trying out making scones is on my to-do list!

  37. We didn’t know there is such a celebration. Scones are not very popular in our area since most people appreciate the texture of cupcakes more. I like that you are using healthier ingredients to bake your cherry and ricotta scones. Results are wonderful!

  38. I love nothing more than a good scone with a great cup of coffee. I say we start national scone week.

  39. Heather says:

    I’ve never made scones at home before. I just assumed they were too hard and had to be done in a bakery or something. What’s the difference between scones and cupcakes? I would love to learn how to bake. I tend to burn it or it doesn’t rise like its suppose to or it rises too much etc. high elevation usually kills anything I try to make.

  40. The thing I love most about scones is that they can be eaten for any meal of the day! Yours look lovely, Joanne.

  41. I just love the idea of adding ricotta to scones, Joanne! I’ve tried ricotta muffins and they taste great so I bet scones are great, too. Cherry is a perfect addition, too!

  42. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, I did not know that international scone week was made up. Too funny! Anyway great tip on pitting the cherries, also love your scone pan. Beautiful scones!!

  43. Jennifer says:

    If anything deserves its own week, it’s scones! Scones are little bites of Heaven. Yum!

  44. sacki20 says:

    I just adore the baking pan. I don’t think i have ever had a scone before. after seeing the picture and salivating a bit, i think i will try it. Thank you for the recipie i will enjoy making these and its something new so it will be exciting to see how they turn out

  45. These are cute. I always associate scones with tea and I don’t know why but I have never had any. I must correct this asap and try some….with tea of course.

  46. Thank you for the great recipe. They look absolutely delicious. I do not think I have ever tried one !!

  47. Melissa says:

    These look and sounds amazing. Looks like a pretty easy recipe. Chopsticks to remove cherry pits, I never would have thought! Thank you for the great tip.

  48. shaheen says:

    These look awesome, i wonder if I could sub the cherries for blueberries :0) and the addition of ricotta is interesting too. I love your scone tray too.

  49. Glenda says:

    Hi Joanne. I love the look of your scones and that tin. I have never seen one like it. Wow!!

  50. Paul says:

    The recipe is awesome and tastefull. I asked my girlfriend to make me these and I have to say … yumm. I ate them with my own sauce made of sour cream, sugar, juice and peel from an orange.

  51. Tanya Lara says:

    They look delicious! I love scones with clotted cream have never attempted to bake scones (I once bought some and made my own clotted cream). I can eat them all day!

  52. These look great and my wife would love them!

  53. I love scones and this looks so yummy! This one sounds so rich because of the cream and Ricotta cheese. Gotta try this.

  54. The scones look mouth watering! I never knew that the easiest way to take the pits out of cherries is to use a chopstick. I’ve got to try this. I love that your scones are sugarless and a lot healthier. That means my dad can have them. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  55. I had some great scones on a plane recently. I could hardly believe it. They were so good they inspired me to make some of my own! 😀 These look lovely!

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