King Charles's Scones on a plate spread with butter and homemade marmalade

King Charles’ Scones

May 6th is almost upon us and I have been busy with my coronation bakes. I have made some special scones which I call King Charles’ Scones.

They are aromatic orange scented scones bursting with whisky soaked raisins. They are of course organic scones made from organic ingredients as King Charles has been a keen advocate for organic farming for many years.

The orange flavour is a nod to King Charles II and Nell Gwyn, English actress and mistress of Charles II.

In the tea rooms they will be served with organic butter and my homemade marmalade (made with organic oranges).

King Charles’ Scones

Recipe by Scones Plus More Course: Snacks, DessertCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time


Soaking time for raisins




  • 4 ounces / 115 grams / 1 cup raisins (soak overnight)

  • 1 pound / 450 grams / 3 ½ cups self raising flour

  • 4 ounces / 115 grams / 1 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 4 ounces / 115 grams / 1 cup softened butter

  • 2 small oranges

  • 2 fluid ounces Scotch whisky

  • Approximately ½ pint full cream milk or buttermilk


  • Put the raisins in a pan with the whisky and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Leave to cool. Let the raisins soak for at least two hours or preferably overnight. They should absorb all the whisky.
  • Sieve the flour, 2 ounces of sugar and the baking powder into a mixing bowl.
  • Grate the zest from the oranges and stir into the flour mixture.
  • Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the soaked raisins
  • Mix to a soft dough with the milk/buttermilk adding more if needed.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured working surface and knead very lightly until smooth.
  • Pat out to about 1 ½ inches thick and cut into rounds using a 2 ½ inch / 6.5 cm cutter.
  • Place the scones on a well floured baking tray or one lined with baking parchment and brush the tops with milk.
  • Bake in a hot oven 200°C / 180°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 7 for approximately 20 minutes until well risen and golden brown.
  • While the scones are baking make the orange glaze (steps 12 and 13).
  • Squeeze the juice from one of the oranges and mix with the remaining 2 ounces of sugar.
  • When the scones are cooked immediately drizzle the glaze over them.
  • Cool on a wire rack covered with a clean tea towel or serve hot straight from the oven.

Serving King Charles’ Scones

I like to serve these scones with homemade marmalade and butter but you could also try apricot jam and possibly clotted cream.

King Charles' Scones served with butter and marmalade and flowery tea cup and jar of homemade marmalade

I do hope you enjoy your coronation celebrations. If you try any of my coronation recipes – Queen Elizabeth’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake, King Charles’ Scones or Patriotic Pavlova – I would love to hear from you via the comments here or please post a photo on Instagram and tag me in (@sconesplusmore)

Until next time Happy Baking!


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