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All Bermudians love scones; call us old-fashioned, call us British, but nothing pairs better with a hot cup of tea.


3/4 cup raisins
3-4 tablespoons rum, HOT!
2 cups flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
3/4 cup buttermilk


3 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF and microwave 3-4 tablespoons of Bacardi Gold Rum until hot. Soak raisins in rum while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. This makes your raisins plump and delicious. (+1 for using rum in a scone recipe, Amy).
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Using your fingers, blend in butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal with only small, pea-sized lumps.
  • Drain any excess liquid from the raisins and then mix with your hands into the dough.
  • Pour in buttermilk (slowly!) until dough comes together. It should be sticky but not pourable like brownie batter. You may not need to use all 3/4 cup of buttermilk.
  • Form a ball out of the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured board. Knead -briefly- no more than 1 minute.
  • Roll or pat out to 3/4 inch thick. Using a floured cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut circles in the dough.
  • Place circles at least 1 inch apart on a greased or parchment-paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Brush tops with remaining 1 tablespoon buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon blend.
  • Bake in the center of your oven about 15 minutes (rotating pans if necessary) or until nicely browned. Remove from pans to cooling racks.
  • Crack these babies open and serve warm with a great big dollops of jam.