Slightly sweet. Moist. Rich with cream and butter. Scones are so versatile and scrumptious. I enjoy them with all sorts of additions – blueberries, raspberries, cinnamon chips. They can be lightly glazed or like mine, which have a delightfully crunchy sprinkling of turbinado sugar.
I’ve done a bit of baking in the past week for Memorial Day and weekend breakfasts, and while I’ve enjoyed the brown sugar pound cake and buttermilk biscuits, I must say these scones came out on top. My husband (we’ll refer to him as Mr. D) and I had some nice, simple scones at the bed & breakfast we stayed at on our Savannah honeymoon; this tweaked Ina Garten recipe blows them out of the water. Theirs were a bit dry and just didn’t have the flaky, rich texture of these.
Ina’s original recipe is for “cranberry-orange” scones, but I didn’t have any citrus fruit on hand, so I made them with dried mixed berries (a trio of cranberries, cherries, and blueberries). Her basic recipe is going to be my go-to from now on because it’s so easy and perfect. I did cut it in half, as her dishes often yield large amounts.
Scones are wonderful for breakfast, brunch, or a snack, and they can be savory or sweet. I’ve enjoyed cheddar-dill scones and versions with salty bacon. I look forward to using this recipe with savory ingredients, too.
Berry Scones (adapted from Barefoot Contessa)
2 cups plus 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, diced
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1/2 cup dried fruit
*1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash
*Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on the egg-washed tops before baking
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix 2 cups of flour, 1/8 cup sugar, the baking powder, and salt. Add the cold butter and mix at the lowest speed until the butter is the size of peas.
Combine the eggs and heavy cream and with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour into the flour and butter mixture. Mix until just blended. The dough will look lumpy. Combine the dried fruit bits and 1/8 cup of flour, add to the dough, and mix on low speed until blended.
Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it into a ball. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick circle (or just pat it out with your hands). You should see small bits of butter in the dough. Keep moving the dough on the floured board so it doesn’t stick. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and place the scones on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Brush the tops of the scones with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the insides are fully baked. The scones will be firm to the touch. Allow the scones to cool for 15 minutes.