The breakfast- or tea-time scone is the sweet (or savory) relative of the baking powder biscuit. It can be a bit drier than a biscuit, but should also be crumbly – crumbly and yet tender.
That’s a tricky result to achieve, which is why scones are too often a dry disappointment. But forever hopeful, I searched for the city’s best, sampling the specimens from five local bakeries.
The ranked results:1.
Rich with chunks of dark chocolate, this is a tender but dense, dunkable dessert.
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With a wonderful bumpy crust and echoes of sweetness, citrus and subtle herbs.
9201 W. Center St.
These savory golden triangles offer subtle cheese-onion flavor and plenty of tenderness.
401 E. Erie St.
So much potential and a good marriage of cheese-herb flavor, but the layery texture is marred by overbaking.
6822 W. North Ave, Wauwatosa
Topped with a dab of raspberry jam, these pretty squares are nevertheless too dry.
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