- Prep time
- 25 minutes PT25M
- Cook time
- 20 minutes PT20M
- 8 large scones
Whether you like your scones sweet or savory, this simple recipe is a great base for all your favorite flavors.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg, for egg wash
- 1½ ounces pancetta, browned and diced
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 3 ounces gruyere, diced
- Coarse salt, for topping
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped, plus extra for topping
- ½ teaspoon dried lavender
- 3 ounces honey
Strawberry Lemon Scones:
- 1 cup strawberries, diced
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons butter, for glaze
- 2 cups powdered sugar, for glaze
- Juice and zest of 2 lemons, for glaze
Raspberry Almond Scones:
- ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup raspberries
- Crystal sugar, for topping
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Coat the pieces of butter with flour mixture, then cut together with a pastry cutter or two butterknives until crumbly, like coarse cornmeal.
Stir in flavoring ingredients (fruit, nuts, cheese, etc.) depending on chosen variation.
Make a well in the middle of the mixture, then pour in the cream. Fold everything together until just incorporated—be careful not to overwork the dough. If scone mixture is too dry and does not come together, add extra cream by the spoonful until it holds.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll minimally to make a ball. Cut in half and form into a log shape, then cut on the diagonal to make triangular scones.
Transfer the scones to an ungreased or parchment-lined sheet pan. Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with appropriate topping. Bake until golden brown, approximately 20 minutes.
If preparing a glaze, combine butter, powdered sugar, juice and zest over a double boiler. Cook until butter and sugar are melted and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth and slightly cool. Drizzle back and forth over the top of the baked scones. Allow the glaze to set before serving.
- <strong>zest:</strong> colored part of the peel of citrus fruit which contains flavorful oils.
- baking powder
- <strong>baking powder:</strong> a chemical leavener made with an acidic ingredient and an alkaline one; most commonly these are sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and cream of tartar.