Chai Latte Scones

Chai, the mixed spice tea from India, has the most wonderful spices in it, but I’m not much of a tea drinker, so I made my scones with coffee instead.

I like this assortment of spices because it gives a hint of fall and holiday without hitting you over the head with it.  It’s subtle and exotic.

The mix of spices can vary with authentic chai— the ones I chose are ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and white pepper.

If you’re a die-hard tea fan you can substitute a bag of chai or plain black tea, finely crushed, for the espresso powder.

For the glaze you have a wonderful choice…pull out your favorite spice from the chai blend, or you can do an espresso glaze, a vanilla glaze, or a plain sugar glaze.  I’m doing a vanilla  nutmeg glaze because I’m crazy for nutmeg.  I think a white pepper glaze would be very daring.

Chai Latte Scones
makes 6-8 scones
oven to 400
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup almond flour (or use more regular flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

chai spices, 1/4 tsp each: ginger, allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, white pepper

  • Put everything into the bowl of a food processor and pulse till combined.

1 egg
1/2 -2/3 cups buttermilk  (or milk or half and half)
2 tsp espresso powder 

  • Beat the egg in a liquid cup measure.  Add buttermilk till it reaches the 1 cup mark.  Dissolve the espresso powder into the liquid and set aside.

8 Tbsp (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in chunks

  •  Pulse in the butter, about 12 pulses, until dispersed and crumbly.
  • While pulsing, slowly pour in the buttermilk mixture, adding just enough for the dough to come together.  You may not need the whole amount, I didn’t quite.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a 6″ round, adding a little flour if it’s too sticky.
  • Cut the dough into 6 or 8 sections and place on a lined baking sheet.
  • At this point I like to slip the pan into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to re-chill the butter, but this is optional.
  • Bake for 15 – 18 minutes, depending on your oven and how many you’ve cut. They should be risen, lightly browned and firm on top.  Don’t overcook them, they don’t take long.
  • Cool on a rack before glazing.

1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
milk or cream  to thin

  • Combine the sugar, spice and extract and add just enough milk or cream to create a glaze.  You can turn the scones upside down and dip them right into the glaze, spread it on with a knife, or drizzle it.  Dust the finished scone with a little nutmeg or with whatever spice you’ve chosen to flavor your glaze.


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    Sarah K
    March 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    These look amazing. My sister in law in a chai addict and I would love to make her these for her birthday. Would you be able to freeze the leftovers if you only want one or two at a time?

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    Karen Wagner
    March 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    These look wonderful! I have a bottle of liquid chai concentrate, could I incorporate that somehow?

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    September 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    When headed to Starbucks a Chai latte for me is preferred over all else.

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    September 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    i’ve never been a scone lover, but i’ve been obsessed with chai tea from the moment i took my first sip. great idea, flavoring scones with those spices!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    September 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    You mean the vanilla bean ones? I like them too, but now that I’ve been making my own scones for so long, I find theirs a little dry. But I do like the idea of making them teeny tiny next time, thanks Stephanie!

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    September 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    You know those teeny tiny scones at Starbucks….well I used to be quite into those. But these just blow that version away, obviously. But they do remind me of those. Yours look so fluffy and spiced so nicely. These would be great in the fall. Thanks! :)

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    September 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I can smell those lovely spices already. These are beautiful scones. Let’s get together and have some with a cup of coffee. What time will you be over? Ha ha – absolutely drooling over these.

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    September 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Such a delicious, unique scone recipe, I love all the wonderful variations!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      September 17, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Thanks, Chris, I know not everyone loves scones, so I take a chance posting so many, but I just can’t help myself.

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    September 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    A homemade scone and a fresh cup of coffee are my idea of a perfect breakfast. Delicious!

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    September 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Love the idea of chai scones, and they`re so tall and fluffy looking! Starbucks could probably make a fortune selling these :)

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    September 16, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I love the idea of using Chai tea spices in a scone – it’s the wonder of Chai. And then that peppery glaze – that combination is for me!

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    September 16, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Beautiful styling with the cup and saucer and spice bowl. I swear 1/2 my fun is looking at the layout and colors of your photographs. Then there is the 1/4 joy of trying a new and exciting recipe.. or twist on a familiar one.
    Thank you!
    Oh! the other 1/4 fun??
    Why that is imaging we are great friends and you’ve just invited me over!!! ;)

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    Bites from life with the barking lot
    September 16, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I loved the photograph of the spices sitting in that great blue dish. Could almost smell them.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 16, 2012 at 12:59 am

    A white pepper glaze? Now THAT’S not something you read about every day! I love the sounds of that and these scones. Chai-spice is so lovely. Not sure what LA is like but it’s 102F today in *coastal* San Diego. I can only imagine inland! I need these scones when the weather cools down with a cup of coffee!

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    September 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Ok, you just trumped everything else this week (and with you that always says a lot). I do love chai tea and just the thought of the flavors with the glaze on top… I bet the white pepper would be incredible as well!

    I hope you are enjoying every minute of your weekend!

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