The sun must have felt really good. Neither the rustling of spoons and bowls nor the scent of scones baking in the oven made him budge. Not even an inch. Stanford remained glued to his spot in the kitchen flooded with morning light. He looked content. Peaceful. He held his handsome face high and closed his eyes as he basked in the glorious sun.

The clouds had cleared at last and the long spell of rain had ended. At least, I hoped it had. The past weeks had been riddled with on and off showers stitched together by uninspiring, gray days. The rain had thankfully given our garden a good soak but it’s time for it to go. The stormy weather had kept us from working on the girls’ coop. Of course, being the perennial worrier that I am, I dwelled on thoughts that we may have bitten off more than we can chew when we decided to build the chicken coop ourselves. But, truth is, the coop is coming along just fine. Slowly but surely. Thanks to Dennis for all of his hard work.

I held the strainer firmly on top of the bowl of powdered sugar and, one by one, I squeezed the juice out of the calamansi limes I just picked from our tree. The fragrant scent of citrus wafted to my nose. I always get a kick out of cooking with calamansi grown in our garden. I feel so fortunate I can grow it here. My mom would be particularly impressed that our tree this year is heavy with fruit. Yes, she is visiting very, very soon. She flies in the night before Easter and will be spending the next several weeks with us. We are so excited! There’ll be plenty of time for catching up beyond hurried phone calls. Plenty of time for cooking and eating, of course.

I stirred in the juice with a spatula until the glaze was smooth and thick then drizzled it on the scones in zigzagging strokes. I pinched a small piece off one of them to have a taste. The scone was surprisingly light and the calamansi glaze was perfect. Sweet and tart. My mom would love these, I thought.

I poured myself a cup of coffee to enjoy it with the morning’s treat. And as my cup and saucer clinked on the kitchen counter, Stanford came trotting toward me. So much for the sun, I guess. It’s time for scones.


Spring Chickens

Spring Chickens

Spring Chickens


Honey Calamansi Scones Recipe
Recipe adapted from Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food, makes 8 servings

For the scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
1-1/3 cup cream
1 teaspoon grated calamansi zest
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar

For the calamansi glaze

3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons calamansi juice

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt in a large bowl. Stir in honey, cream, and calamansi zest. Mix until the dough just starts to come together. It will be sticky. Turn it out onto a floured surface and knead briefly, just enough to bring the dough completely together. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Pat it into an 8-inch circle. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Cut the circle into 8 wedges and place the wedges 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Pour and stir in the calamansi juice until the glaze is smooth. Adjust the sugar or juice until the glaze is thick but pourable.

Drizzle over the scones once they are ready and serve warm.


Calamansi Scones

  • Greg Henry

    The Calamansi caught my eye. You don’t see that everyday. Your Corgi is a cute as ever. GREG

  • Bianca Garcia

    Have fun with your mom, Jun! Calamansi scones sound so good.

  • Jun Belen

    Thank you, Greg.  You may know this already but, in case you don’t, your sunny SoCal weather is conducive for growing calamansi — or calamondin.  This Filipino lime is so versatile in the kitchen! 

  • bakerwannabe

    Your pictures are card perfect.  Have a great time with your mom.  Nothing can be better than spending Easter with family. 

  • Jun Belen

    Thank you so much.  We didn’t realize she’ll be flying in the day before Easter until we booked her flight and checked the calendar.  We’re so excited for her visit.  Have a great Easter holiday to you!! 

  • Steamroller69

    Share some of those calamanci!

  • Edithbpalma

    Hu hu hu I will be missing my phone pal, that is mommy dearest, for several weeks but it is ok. She needed a break from her daily routine here in the Philippines besides its is very hot here.  She is also very excited to spend her summer there with you and Dennis. Picture perfect!!!

  • Liren

    Stanford is so noble, what a good looking pup! I wonder, how does he get along with the girls? Is he protective?

    Have fun with your mom, I’m sure you have so much deliciousness planned. These scones are a great start :)

  • Anonymous

    Oh man does that look delicious right now. I’m so tempted to try calamansi! I’d never really heard of it until you started posting about it. Next time I’m in the Bay, if you see a strange chick in your backyard poking at your tree….

  • Jasmin

    Jun, where did you find your calamansi tree? I would love to have a few up here in Sacramento :)

  • Jun Belen

    Jasmin, Sacramento weather, I think, is perfect for growing calamansi.  I got mine from a farmer down in SoCal. She has an orchard in Palm Springs. But you can find calamansi or calamondin sometimes in local nurseries.  You can also buy them online from Four Winds Growers:  We bought a dwarf kaffir lime tree from them and we had it shipped to the Bay Area.  Their farm, I think, is in Capay Valley.  Let me know if you have any questions about taking care of calamansi trees.  It’s a piece of home I am so fortunate to be able to grow here in California.

  • Jun Belen

    Thank you, Steph! And thank you for the tweet about Saveur. I am so excited to just be even nominated. Hope all is well with you.

  • Jun Belen

    Thank you, Liren! The strange thing about Stanford is that he gets nervous around the girls and we don’t know why.  We tried having him meet the chickens and he sat there in front of them trembling.  Not sure why.  I hope they get along since we really want him to herd the chickens. Corgis are naturally herders. It would be cool if he could herd them back to the coop.  Hope all is well with you and Happy Easter!

  • Kaitlin

    Beautiful!  Totally jealous you’ve got a fruit tree in your backyard, by the way.

    Also, Stanford is absolutely adorable!

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    Lucky you, Jun! I envy the fact that you can grow calamansi in your backyard! I wish we could do that here in the east coast. (Sigh!) But that doesn’t stop me from trying your divine honey scones. I wonder if I can use the frozen calamansi packets I have in the freezer right now? Must try this recipe soon. Enjoy your Mom’s visit & I look forward to your posts about it all! BTW, CONGRATS on the Saveur nomination! You’re already a WINNER to all of us! Cheers!

  • Samantha

    What a lovely way to incorporate calamansi! I have had to make due with frozen calamansi juice or concentrate. Love the picture of Stanford!! He’s so photogenic! 

    Enjoy your day and hope this rain stops soon! Really want to start gardening again.

  • Trina

    Stanford’s expression is pure contentment.  What a good boy.  What a good life.

  • Trina

    My lola, and now my aunt, both have calamansi trees in their back yard in the Sacramento area (Elk Grove).  The trees absolutely thrive in that weather.  We couldn’t keep up with all the endless calamansi fruit!

  • Princess Gemma

    We purchased our calamansi tree from Home Depot two years ago.    We were searching up and down the internet – most of the growers we found were in Florida and could not ship to California, then lo and behold, we found them at Home Depot.

    Good luck in your search!

  • leicia

    I’ve been visiting your blog for a while but I don’t recall saying hello properly yet. Now’s a good time as any, and after an idiotic car accident today, your dog’s expression is the first thing that actually made me chuckle. Great food blog too, by the way :-)  

  • Jun Belen

    Thank you for writing, Leicia! I’m sorry to hear about the car accident. I hope nobody got terribly hurt.  I’m glad Stanford made you feel a little better.  He’s handsome, sweet face always does that to me.

  • M Delrosario68

    this is a nice blog! thanks for sharing your recipe… i love that its calamansi. And you also take wonderful pictures! beautiful shots.:)

  • Lmyerschamberlin

    Ah! They’re limes!!! Well now that i know that .. I’m stoked to try this recipe!!