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Exactly How To Reheat Scones – I Test 4 Methods [Pics]

There’s nothing better than enjoying a freshly baked scone with your morning coffee.

Well, that’s how I feel anyway…

Unfortunately, I’m in the minority in my house and often end up with quite a few leftover scones.

Which isn’t such a bad thing as I get to enjoy them the following day.

To find out the best way to reheat scones, I tested 4 different methods. Read on to discover which one works best.

A note on my experiment

I made my usual scone recipe, which produces 8 good-sized scones, and left them overnight. 

The following day, I tried out 4 different reheating methods to see which one worked best.

I tried:

  • The oven (great for fresh scones)
  • In a skillet (surprisingly effective)
  • The toaster (quicker than other methods with a nice crunch)
  • The microwave (results in a chewy texture, but okay for stale scones)

Disclaimer: It’s pretty hard to reheat scones.

If the scones have gone stale, there is very little you can do to rescue them – your best bet is to try the skillet and serve them with a big cup of tea and lots of cream and jam. 

This should hide the dryness. 

The microwave will soften the scone, but I feel like they become a bit gummy. 

Fresh scones are less of a problem and will reheat well in the oven, skillet, or toaster.

Reheating scones in the oven

Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). While the oven is heating up, place the scones on a baking tray. Reheat your scones in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Cut the scones in half to reduce the reheating time. I don’t advise using the oven for stale scones. It will just dry them out.

How to reheat scones in the oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Place your (room temperature) scones on a baking tray.
  3. Place the tray in the oven and heat your scones for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Check the scones regularly to prevent them from drying out or burning on the edges.

Top tip: cut your scones in half to reduce the reheating time.

If your scones are stale, you can bring some moisture back into them by sprinkling water over them and covering them with foil.

But don’t expect miracles. 

My verdict

The oven is good for fresh scones that only need a little warming before serving.

You can rehat lots of scones at once, and the oven retains the crisp outside.

But, if your scones are already slightly dry, then the oven is just going to make this worse. You’d be better off with the skillet.

Reheating scones in a skillet

Take your scones and slice them in half if you have taller scones. Heat a pan on medium-low heat. Place the scones in the skillet (along with a tablespoon of water if they’re stale) and cover with a lid. Heat the scones for 3-4 minutes until warmed through. Remove from the pan and serve.

How to reheat scones in a skillet:

  1. Allow scones to reach room temperature.
  2. Cut them in half if you are using taller scones.
  3. Heat a pan on medium-low heat.
  4. Place the scones in the skillet and sprinkle over a tablespoon of water if they’re stale or dry.
  5. Cover the skillet with a lid.
  6. Heat the scones for 3-4 minutes until warmed through.
  7. Remove from the pan and serve warm.

The lid will trap any steam in the pan and create a mini oven-type environment, which will warm the scones quickly and evenly.

If you use water, more steam will be available to help re-moisturize dry or stale scones.

My verdict

I was skeptical of this method at first because it’s not something that you would initially think of.

However, I was surprised and pleased with the results.

The scones were soft and pretty moist. You do lose the crunch on the outside, but it is a price worth paying for me.

Reheating scones in the toaster

For a quick and easy way to heat your scones in the morning, slice them in half and put them in the toaster. Make sure to rid the scones of any loose crumbs after you cut them in half so you don’t end up with a load of burnt crumbs in the bottom of your toaster.

How to reheat scones in the toaster:

  1. Slice your scones in half (if needed to fit in the toaster).
  2. Put the half-scones into the toaster and heat for 60 seconds.
  3. Pop the toaster and check on the scones. Heat for longer is necessary.

Scones can be pretty crumbly, and if you’re not careful, you’ll create quite a mess in your toaster. 

To avoid this, tap the scone halves gently on the counter before placing them into the toaster.

Alternatively, you can use toaster bags.

My verdict

This was a pretty good method and one that I will use again.

It’s quick, and the scones warmed nicely while retaining their crunch on the outside.

Reheating scones in the microwave

For quick results, reheat your scones in a microwave. Place 1-2 scones on a microwave-safe dish and cover with a damp paper towel. Set your microwave to 50% power and heat the scones at 10-20 second intervals until warm. Avoid microwaving the scones for too long, or they’ll become hard.

How to reheat scones in the microwave:

  1. Place 1-2 scones on a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Cover the scones with a damp paper towel.
  3. Set your microwave to 50% power.
  4. Heat the scones at 10-20 second intervals until warm.

The damp paper towel creates steam which helps to re-moisturize stale scones.

Scones only need to be warm – if you overheat them in the microwave, they’ll become dry, hard, and chewy.

That’s why I recommend checking on them every few seconds.

Frequent checking gives you more control over the final results and means you can take the scones out as soon as they’re warm enough for you.

My verdict

I wasn’t a big fan of my microwaved scones.

They were less dry than other methods but had a very gummy texture and stuck to my teeth.

You can salvage dry scones with lots of cream, but a gummy scone is hard to hide.

This method is okay if your sconces are really stale, but otherwise, I would avoid it.

How to store scones

For best results, you should eat your scones the day you make them or freeze them to preserve their freshness.

However, you can keep scones at room temperature for 1-2 days. Cool the scones and put them in a paper-towel-lined airtight container. Place a second paper towel over the scones and seal the container. 

The paper towel will absorb any excess moisture in the container and prevent the scones from getting too soft.

An alternative storage option is to wrap the scones in plastic wrap or foil. This will keep the scones fresher for longer, but the outside crust will go soft.

It’s important to let the scones reach room temperature before you store them, or condensation will turn them mushy.

Can you freeze scones?

Scones freeze really well. You prevent any further staling when you freeze a scone, so it’s best to freeze them freshly baked. That way, when you reheat it, the scone will taste fresh. You can also freeze unbaked scones. Scones will last 3 months in the freezer.

How to freeze scones:

  1. Allow the scones to cool to room temperature. This is vital because warm scones will produce water vapor as they freeze, which will ruin the texture of your scones.
  2. Wrap each scone tightly in plastic wrap and foil.*
  3. Pack the scones into an airtight container or freezer bag and place them in the freezer. If you’re using a freezer bag, remove as much as possible before sealing it.
  4. Eat the scones within 3 months.

*To use less plastic, you can flash-freeze the scones on a baking tray instead of wrapping them up. 

Spread the scones out on a baking tray and place them in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Once they’re frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer bag.

Follow the same process for freezing unbaked scones.

Tip: to remove air from a freezer bag, suck it out with a straw or dunk the bag in a bowl of water. The water will force the air out.

How to thaw and reheat frozen scones

To thaw the baked scones, remove them from the freezer, unwrap them, and allow them to warm up at room temperature for 2-3 hours. If you’re in a hurry, you can use the microwave (but be aware the scones might get a bit chewy). Refresh the scones in a  300°F (150°C) oven for 5-10 minutes. 

Always unwrap your scones before thawing them to avoid a soggy texture.

Exactly How To Reheat Scones

In this short recipe, I show you the best way to revive your leftover scones.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 1 person
Calories 353 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 portion scones

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Place your (room temperature) scones on a baking tray.
  • Place the tray in the oven and heat your scones for 5-10 minutes.
  • Check the scones regularly to prevent them from drying out or burning on the edges.

Notes

If your scones are stale, you can bring some moisture back into them by sprinkling water over them and covering them with foil.

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 353kcal
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