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Desperate British housewife seeking scones in Westchester

  • m

Read about this site in a local paper and thought the people here might be able to help.

I have been craving scones (outside the city somewhere in westchester.) I am a big fan of Sarabeths in the city and Tea and Sympathy in the village, but i must admit its a little out of the way.

I have tried them at city limits, balducci's, etc..they are just as vile as starbucks. Any suggestions?

Whats a good British girl gotta do for a good old scone these days?

Mt. Vernon

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  1. Madge, I feel your pain. My boyfriend's half-Scottish, currently living in Glasgow, and I've had my share over there in the past year. The best thing I've found so far, locally, is at a bakery in Elmsford, on Rte. 119, just east of the Rte 9A intersection. The name MIGHT be "Dessert Oasis," or some such. Maybe someone else can help out w/the name. It's about 4 doors east of the Elmsford post office.

    Anyway, they have a really nice, really short, moist-yet-crumbly plain scone (maybe a raisin one too?) But the key is getting there early. I've been there at 10:45am on Saturday mornings, and they are gone.

    Other than that, if you are interested in making your own, my dad makes really good ones; I can e-mail you a recipe if you'd like.

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    1. re: LisaM

      I'd love to try your dad's recipe! Any chance you can post it here?

      I have one recipe that's very good from Fine Cooking (article by Ragen Daley), but there's always something better out there. I, too, feel your pain over the search for scones; never have I tasted a decent one outside of my home, but one day soon I'm going to have tea at the Savoy in London and then I'll see how good mine really are.

      1. re: Becca


        Sure, I've put in a call to get it from Dad! I'll post it on the Home Cooking board, so check there in the next couple of days! I'll title the post "Dad's Scones," something similar.

        1. re: LisaM

          OK, I see how this place works now.

          Never mind, LisaM, I'll figure out on my own how to find your recipe.


      2. re: LisaM

        Dessert Oasis has some amazing stuff, not just the scones. I think it's much better than Riviera in Ardsley.

      3. Have you tried Woodlawn, just over the Yonkers border in the Bronx? On Katonah Ave. there are at least two places to get scones -- the Irish bakery on the corner of 235th St. and Angelica's bakery between 237th and 238th. I would try the Irish bakery first because I know they have a variety of options (with or without sugar, etc.)

        1. My English friend buys scones at Stew Leonard in Yonkers. I have no idea how they are, but she likes them.

          1. We bought some really great scones at the new gourmet market in Brewster (Greene Bros, I believe is the name, it's on Route 6 almost underneath 684). When we were there for the grand opening, there was a guy who owns a commercial bakery in Danbury and makes scones which he said he sells to places in Manhattan, but I think also Hay Day/Balducci's as well (so if you don't like those, this may not be of any help to you). I thought they were excellent, and even bought a couple (I felt guilty after eating so many of the samples). The one I really liked was the ginger flavor. They were definitely not as dry as the ones I've had in the past.

            1. m

              I would try the pastry they bring to Riviera. While the stuff they make themselves is nothing to write home about, I was there once and had a really nice tasting scone.

              When I asked them for it on another day, they said they brought them in from Amy's Bread. (Go figure)
              I would also try the bread guys in Portchester, Kneaded Bread. I haven't and neither do I know if they make scones, but if they do, I can assure you they would be extraordinary.

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              1. re: MaxineMiller
                coffee lover

                At Zeytinia, the Turkish gourmet market in Croton-on-Hudson, they sell scones baked by a Scottish woman. They are very good. Also, at the tea room in Ossining, Enjoy!!, Susan sells wonderful scones, baked by a young man who evidently left corporate life in order to bake scones and other goodies.

              2. n
                Nathaniel Siegel

                It is a function of where you live in Westchester. I haven't had a great scone here although we love the baking at Rennaissance in Larchmont, But you can drive 25 miles easily (one way) in Westchester and that will take you into NYC just as well. On the quest, though, you can visit quite good bakeries in Yonkers and Tarrytown -and the quest is the fun of it,

                1. Try Patisserie Salzburg in Rye, 77 Purchase Street.

                  Everything there is great but call to confirm about the scones.

                  1. Pastry Chicks on Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry (between Sushi Mikes and Stop & Shop) opened a few months ago. I wasn't blown away by the cookies, but then I bought some scones for the painters in my house. They were raving about them for days! I went and bought some for myself, wife, and foodie friend, and we were all ecstatic. I didn't know scones could be fluffy inside!

                    1. I'm I scone fan too! Don't bother with Stew Leonard's for scones. But do try Whole Foods (get there early, they run out!).

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                      1. re: Dim Sum Diva

                        Interesting that you don't like Stew's scones. They are made by the guy from Danbury whose scones I had reported on earlier. I guess I am not an expert on scones, but they tasted fine to me (and certainly much better than the dry ones I've had elsewhere). I particularly like the ginger variety.

                      2. Having been to Britain many times, I too find the American scone, well disgusting to be honest and haven't found many decent facsimiles outside Sarabeth's. However, while I can't attest to the taste or quality, The Kneaded Bread in Port Chester (which does great stuff) had what appeared to be authentic scones a few weeks ago when I was in there buying other things. Sadly, I didn't purchase any. If anyone has had scones from Kneaded Bread, please post.

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                        1. re: laylag

                          laylag, no but I did have the Ring Ding cakes and they were amazing.

                          As to scones, I make my own -- they might be disgusting American ones, I am not sure. But I like them.

                          Next time I'm at KB, I'll have to try theirs for comparison.

                        2. Thanks for the kind comments. You will find my scones in the Greenwich Balducci's (not the traditional Tea Scone) but not Whole Foods in Greenwich. We sell our scones to the Whole Foods markets in Massachusetts. At this point and until our new site is up and running our Shortbreads are only available for Food Service.

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                          1. re: dtcoop

                            Who are you dtcoop? If your scones have been complimented here then you could only be Sarabeth. Yes? No?

                            1. re: laylag

                              Well, some of us have said they like the Scones at Stew Leonards, and they are from the guy in Danbury.

                              1. re: laylag

                                No, I am not Sarabeth. I'm the gentleman who makes the scones for Balducci's, Stew Leonard's, and many others. I had posted a reply to Madge, and being new to Chowhound and not knowing the ground rules I posted a reply that discussed business so my posting was removed.

                                1. re: dtcoop

                                  can you give out the recipe. I had one this weekend and I loved it. I want to try and make the scones myself. It was the best ever.

                            2. I like the scones at Whole Foods (Greenwich and White Plains) but have no idea how authentic they are.

                              1. Anyone know if Pastry Chicks in Dobbs Ferry is going to finish renovations and re-open? I know there is a sign on the window saying that you can order scones by the dozen, but my cravings are not pre-planned. Why can't they just make a dozen each day, and give them to the bagel place and Caffe Latte to sell???

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                                1. re: HamTech87

                                  I saw a sign at the Pastry Chicks storefront that says "Cafe Bo" coming soon. Someone at Caffe Latte down the street said that it is the same owner. Let's pray for scones....

                                2. It's not in Westchester...but the village tea room in new paltz has fantastic scones. the owner is scottish or irish and the oatmeal scones with apricots are the best i've tasted. if you like a properly made pot of tea with your scone this is the place to go. the water is filtered, boiled and served in a (scalded) pot with a timer for steeping time. the house tea (an irish breakfast - don't remember the name) is a hearty brew