December 20, 2023

Signature Raisin Scones: Fairmont Empress, Victoria

Recipe: Fairmont Empress

Perfect with a cup of tea, these buttery-soft scones are a treat worth indulging in. Don’t forget the strawberry jam and clotted cream!


  • 1/2 cup 35% cream
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp 2% milk


Yield: Makes 8 Scones

Make Scones

  1. In medium bowl, whisk together cream and 1 egg.
  2. In separate bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Using pastry cutter or your fingers, work butter into flour mixture until it comes together in pea-sized pieces. Take care not to overmix. If butter starts to feel warm, place entire bowl in freezer to firm it up.
  4. Add cream mixture to flour mixture, then raisins, and knead with hands, working dough as little as possible. If there’s time, place dough in fridge or freezer to rest for about 10 minutes before rolling out.
  5. On well-floured work surface using floured rolling pin, roll dough into 3/4-inch-thick circle. Cut dough into 8 evenly sized wedges and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  6. Allow scones to rest for 45 minutes in refrigerator while preheating oven to 325°F.
  7. Whisk remaining egg with milk, and brush scones just before baking with egg wash. Bake on middle rack of oven for 18 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown.

courtesy of Fairmont Empress


Recipe and image from Where We Ate by Gabby Peyton. ©2023 Gabby Peyton. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved