Recipe: Orange and ricotta scones (no butter, no sugar)

Recipe Orange and ricotta scones (no butter, no sugar)

Oh those traditional English scones, still hot, fresh from the oven... there is nothing better for afternoon tea! Yet scones make a delicious breakfast too or make a lovely individual portion of biscuit-cake to enjoy any time of day really. These orange and ricotta scones would remind one of the Mediterranean, giving them a local twist. What's more, this recipe contains NO BUTTER and NO SUGAR!

Serves:  12


  • 400 g self raising flour
  • 200 g ricotta
  • Zest (grated rind) of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs 


  1. Rub the ricotta into the sifted flour until the mixture is well-combined. 
  2. Add the honey, zest, eggs and orange juice and bring together to make a dough. Do not let rest in fridge; it is not necessary. The secret is to bake them as soon as it is possible as the raising agents will start to work as soon as the liquid comes into contact.
  3. Roll out the pastry onto a lightly floured surface. The thickness should be about 3 cm.
  4. Use a cutter but cut straight through and lift; do not rotate the cutter around as you will have lop sided scones.
  5. Place scones on a baking sheet. If you wish you can use an egg wash to brush the top or simply dust them with more flour before you bake them.
  6. Bake at 160C for 25 minutes. Do not open the oven but if you wish them a darker colour keep them in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. If they are not sweet enough for you, serve with honey

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