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Introducing our September Scone of the Month: Blueberry!

Unbelievably, tomorrow is the first day of September! That means back to school, back to cooler temperatures, and—best of all, obviously—a new seasonal scone at the SconeWitch. This month, we are super excited to bring back our blueberry scones!

Blueberry scones are super delicious. The blueberries also turn the scones blue, which is super fun.

In honour of the return of the blueberry scone, we present to you fun five facts about blueberries.

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How to Enjoy a Proper Cream Tea

Scones have a long, storied history. Probably getting their start in Scotland, they eventually spread to England, where they became the preferred teatime snack of Queen Victoria. Endorsed by her, the popularity of the scone skyrocketed. This eventually led to the British institution of the Cream Tea: a hotly debated and regionally-varied snack still popular in England today—and, of course, at the SconeWitch.

So what is a Cream Tea? Read on!

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Three Ways to Serve Scones at Your Next Party

You already know that scones are awesome for breakfast, snack time, dessert, or sometimes dinner (we don’t judge). But what you may not know is that scones are equally perfect for parties!

You can order scones to go at any time by calling the location you’d like to pick up from. For large orders (or 6+ of any one flavour), give us a half-hour’s head start so we can bake some for you—that way, you’re guaranteed to get what you want.

We also have a catering department! We need 3 days to prepare a catering order, but oh—it’s so worth it.

Below, we look at 3 options for hosting a party with the SconeWitch.

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Brunch hard at the SconeWitch this long weekend: Your Guide to Breakfast at the SconeWitch

Hello and (almost) welcome to the long weekend, Ottawa! It’s a summer weekend, which means it’s time to have elaborate, delicious breakfasts for three whole days straight (we don’t make the rules).

If you haven’t eaten brunch at the SconeWitch very often, you may find our options overwhelming. And so today, we’d like to introduce you to our brunch menu, and the many customizations you can make to have a breakfast that’s truly yours.

That way, you can focus on getting your brunch on, all weekend long.

[Our long weekend hours are now available on our Facebook page—click here to see them!]

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Announcing our August Scone: Apple Caramel!

It’s the end of July, which means it’s time to say goodbye to our beloved peach scone for another year. Sad though this is, it is not a tragedy, because it’s time to introduce our next seasonal scone: apple caramel! It will start rolling out to stores on August 1.

Apple caramel is a ridiculously delicious scone, with full hunks of apple baked right in and a smooth and sweet caramel sauce drizzled on top before baking. The tops of these scones get all crunchy with caramel, while staying flaky and soft on the inside. They’re the perfect late-summer dessert (especially when heated up and served with vanilla ice cream—trust us on this).

In honour of this new arrival, we have 5 fun facts about apples for you!

[Oh and quick note: if you’re joining us this weekend, avoid those giant monsters–and subsequent road closures–invading downtown.]

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A scone by any other name…

Ah, scones. Obviously the best of all pastries and finest of all treats (we will accept no arguments on this matter). They are tall, fluffy, rich and yet somehow light, and the perfect conduit for all kinds of delicious toppings.

(This reminds us: at time of writing, our stores are restocked with Devon Cream! Rejoice!)

The humble scone comes in a variety of flavours, but a scone is a scone is a scone, right?

Shockingly, no. There are myriad varieties of scone around the world—which means a whole wide world of scones to try baking and eating. Today, we look at three kinds beyond those at the SconeWitch.

Our scones, as you know and love them.

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How to Cook Your Raw Scones at Home (Or the Cottage!)

Summertime in Ottawa means one thing—hordes of people going on vacation and escaping the city to nearby cottage country. For lots of us, that means doing some meal planning beforehand, so you know you have all kinds of delectable snacks for your time up at the lake.

Even if you’re not headed to a cottage, baking scones at home has all kinds of benefits. Still in your pyjamas on a Sunday morning, but craving scones? If you’ve got some in the freezer, you’ll be good to go in 20 minutes.

But scones can be finicky beings. When it comes to baking them, we’ve picked up some tips and tricks along the way. So, for your viewing (and eating) pleasure, we’re going to walk you through the steps to properly bake your SconeWitch goodies.

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Our new seasonal scone is peach! Here are some fun facts about this delicious fruit.

Did you hear the news? The new seasonal scone for July has arrived, and it is none other than peach!

Our peach scones are the perfect summer snack, with bursts of summery peachy flavour and a crumbly buttery texture. Our staff always loves when these scones come back in the summer, because it means tons of prime snacking time during breaks.

Peaches are the quintessential summer fruit. In honour of our seasonal scone, here are some things you probably didn’t know about the humble peach.

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3 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th this Weekend with the SconeWitch

If you live anywhere in Ottawa (or, anywhere in the country really), you know that this upcoming weekend is Canada’s 150th birthday. Here in Ottawa, the party is going to be huge—there could be more than half a million people downtown on Saturday.

Whether you’re planning to join in on the revelry downtown, or running your own party outside of the core, here are 3 ways to work the SconeWitch into your Canada Day plans.

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How to Enjoy Your Scones at Home

It’s cottage season in Ottawa, which means lots of us are packing our bags and leaving the city for nearby lakes and forests. It’s a beautiful time to live in Ottawa, and the cottage country that surrounds us has got to be among the best in the world.

For foodies, cottage season brings with it a whole new world of meal options. Grills, open fires, fishing, picnics—all these experiences mean a different way of preparing and enjoying food that we don’t get in the city.

For the scone addicts out there, it also means some whole new ways of enjoying your favourite pastry. Today, we look at three great ways to enjoy scones at home, all summer long.

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