I found a great recipe for blueberry lemon scones on the Sally’s Baking Addiction website that I adapted slightly and use often for a great brunch dish.
Here is my secret: I have a pastry cloth that I use for everything. I sprinkle a light layer of flour on the pastry cloth, dump the scone ingredients onto the cloth, then use the sides of the cloth to “knead” the dough until it is fully combined. I start with one side and press it down into the dough. I alternate with the other sides of the cloth until the dough forms a nice ball (You may need to add more flour to keep it from sticking to the pastry cloth. This is how I get away with not overmixing it while it is in the bowl. Press the dough from the ball into a rectangle until 3/8” thick. It sometimes gets stubborn and I have to convince it to play nice by using a rolling pin. Cut the dough into triangles for your desired size. I froze my scones at this point. This made it so that I could prepare the scones the day before and still be able to serve them fresh. Or you can cook them straight away. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
- 2 Cups flour
- ⅓ Cup Sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add and combine:
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 cube FROZEN butter, grated
- ⅔ Cup Heavy whipping cream (can use less, but I needed the full ⅔)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- 1 Cup frozen or fresh blueberries.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine in a bowl the dry ingredients.
- Whisk together to incorporate and lighten.
- Add the lemon zest and combine.
- Add the butter and cut in with a pastry tool until it resembles corn meal.
- In a separate small bowl (I use a 2 cup glass measuring cup), whisk together cream, egg, and vanilla.
- Drizzle the wet ingredients over the dry and combine.
- I use a rubber spatula and stir just until no dry patches are left. Add the blueberries and stir lightly until combined.
Making Perfect Blueberry Lemon Scones: Tips From the Experts
If you’ve ever spent any time in a fancy hotel, one event that is fun to watch, and even more fun to participate in, is “High Tea.” This English tradition is a unique kind of culinary art that marries “experience” with “flavor,” and you may not even have to be a tea aficionado to appreciate the tradition, or to duplicate it for your next fun get-together. If you plan to add traditional English scones to your menu, it’s important to “nail” the process for creating light, delicious scones. Here, Mario from Jerry’s Foods explains the importance of two techniques for keeping scones light and delicious:
1) Avoid overmixing
2) Allow the scones to rest prior to baking