BLACKBERRY VANILLA SCONES – Buttery, Soft, and Bursting with Flavor

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup + 2 TBSP sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, frozen or very cold

1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt

1 large egg

1 TBSP good quality vanilla extract

1 cup fresh blackberries, washed and patted dry

Easy Vanilla Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 TBSP melted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 TBSP milk

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Grate Butter: Grate butter into the flour mixture using the large holes of a box grater. Mix until it resembles coarse meal.

Combine Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream (or yogurt), egg, and vanilla extract. Add this to the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.

Fold in Blackberries: Gently fold in the blackberries. Be careful not to overmix.

Shape and Cut Dough: Transfer the dough to a floured surface and shape into a circle about 1″ thick. Cut into 8 wedges.

Bake: Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 TBSP sugar. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until golden brown.

Prepare Vanilla Glaze: While the scones are baking, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth.

Serve: Drizzle the glaze over the warm scones and enjoy!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes

Servings: 8 scones

Calories: 381 kcal per serving

Tips for Perfect Scones

  • Cold Ingredients: Make sure your butter is very cold or even frozen. This helps create those flaky layers scones are known for.
  • Gentle Mixing: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to tough scones.
  • Fresh Fruit: While we use blackberries here, feel free to experiment with other berries or fruits. Just ensure they’re not too wet.
  • Flouring Your Surface: Before shaping your dough, lightly flour the surface. This helps prevent sticking without incorporating too much extra flour into the dough.

Variations

  • Lemon-Blackberry Scones: Add the zest of one lemon to the dough for a citrusy twist.
  • Chocolate Chip Scones: Substitute 1 cup of chocolate chips for the blackberries for a decadent treat.
  • Herb and Cheese Scones: For a savory option, omit the vanilla extract and blackberries. Add 1 cup of shredded cheese and 1 tbsp of your favorite dried herbs.

Storage and Reheating

  • Storing: Keep leftover scones in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerate for up to a week.
  • Freezing: Unbaked scone dough or baked scones can be frozen. For unbaked dough, cut into wedges and freeze on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag. Bake from frozen, adding a few minutes to the baking time. For baked scones, thaw overnight on the counter and warm up in the oven at 350 degrees F for a few minutes.

Serving Suggestions

  • With Coffee or Tea: Blackberry vanilla scones are perfect with your morning coffee or a cup of afternoon tea.
  • Dessert Option: Serve alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert.
  • Breakfast Spread: Pair with clotted cream, jam, or butter for a traditional scone experience.

Nutritional Information Note

Keep in mind that the nutritional information provided is an estimate based on the ingredients and may vary depending on product brands and how the recipe is prepared.

These blackberry vanilla scones offer a perfect balance of sweetness, fruitiness, and a delightful texture. Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned pro, this recipe is sure to impress. Enjoy the process and the delicious results!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I use frozen blackberries instead of fresh? Yes, you can use frozen blackberries. There’s no need to thaw them; just fold them into the dough as directed. Be aware that frozen berries might release more juice, possibly requiring a slight adjustment in baking time.
  • How do I ensure my scones are soft and not hard? The key to soft scones is handling the dough as little as possible. Overworking the dough activates the gluten, leading to harder scones. Also, ensure your butter and other wet ingredients are cold to get flaky, soft scones.
  • Can I make the dough ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time. Shape it into wedges and refrigerate overnight or freeze for longer storage. If baking from frozen, add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Equipment Recommendations

For those looking to equip their kitchen or seeking gift ideas for the baking enthusiast in their life, here are a few recommendations to make scone baking a breeze:

  • Box Grater: Ideal for grating frozen butter into the flour mixture without it melting.
  • Pastry Cutter: A great alternative if you don’t have a box grater. It also helps blend the butter into the dry ingredients.
  • Silicone Baking Mat: A reusable alternative to parchment paper, providing a non-stick surface and easy cleanup.
  • Baking Sheet: A heavy-duty baking sheet will ensure even baking and prevent the bottoms from burning.

Seasonal Variations

Adapt this recipe to fit any season by swapping out blackberries for seasonal fruits:

  • Spring: Try using strawberries or raspberries for a fresh, spring flavor.
  • Summer: Peaches or cherries can offer a sweet and tangy taste perfect for summer.
  • Fall: Apples or pears, diced and gently folded into the dough, can give a cozy autumnal feel.
  • Winter: Cranberries or dried fruits, along with a hint of orange zest, can add a festive touch.

Pairing Ideas

Expand on how to enjoy these scones with pairing ideas:

  • Brunch: Serve these scones as part of a brunch spread, complementing them with quiches, omelets, and fruit salads.
  • Afternoon Tea: Create a British-inspired afternoon tea experience by pairing the scones with a selection of teas, finger sandwiches, and petite desserts.
  • Dessert Wine: For an elegant dessert, pair these scones with a sweet dessert wine or a floral Moscato.

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