Simple Blueberry Scones...America's Test Kitchen. I have been neglecting my America's Test Kitchen Baking Book for some time now. I don't like it when I don't use a perfectly good cookbook:)! So the other day, I decided to look through it again. I was glad, because I came across this recipe for blueberry scones. The picture of the scones looked beautiful, sort of like the scones you see in bakery shops or Starbucks for that matter. I decided to make it since I LOVE scones. I am still looking for that "mile high" biscuit scone!...with lots and lots of flaky layers :)....ok, maybe not so many layers. But you know, those scones that that are very light and can be pried open with no help from any cutlery but your hands? And, once you break it open, it reveals this tender buttery crumb....ready to be topped with some clotted cream and jam. Do you know what I am talking about?! I've had such a scone at the various Tea Shops in England and Ireland. They were different than the scones we have here in the States. I think they are more like a cross between a cream scone and a biscuit scone, because they are tall and flaky(like a biscuit) and tender(like a cream scone). Lately, I've been trying a few scone recipes... some have been good, and some have been very good. But I still feel they aren't quite there yet.... Because of that, I haven't posted any of the scone recipes. I think I might be close...or at least I think so:). We will see...Still trying a few other methods, but I hope to have that "perfect mile high" scone recipe soon:). Now back to the simple blueberry scone:)...
This scone is quite different in that it isn't supposed to have many layers like a biscuit scone. Its more tender and not as flaky. It sort of mimics a cream scone, but it doesn't contain any heavy cream. I wanted to try it because I love blueberries in quick breads, muffins and yes, scones... I also wanted to try their method for folding in the blueberries. It was knew to me...but I loved the idea. And grating the frozen butter? That also sounded unique. There were a couple of problems, though. I didn't have any fresh blueberries, just frozen. Plus, I didn't have any sour cream or whole milk. I did have some plain yoghurt and some buttermilk....hmmm, would that work? Well, I decided to use what I had on hand. I probably saved a few calories as well...maybe just a few:). The frozen blueberries can really stain the dough, so you have to be extra careful and gentle when folding and cutting. And you will need to keep your blueberries frozen until you are going to fold them. Otherwise, you will have blue scones...! If you have fresh blueberries, use those instead. You will be better off. Of course you can use other fruit(fresh or dried). In any case, the scones turned out delicious. I have to admit that even though I liked them fresh from the oven, I preferred them the next day. I left them on the counter and covered them with plastic wrap. The scones were nice and soft, and the flavors were more pronounced. But, if you want to keep them fresh longer, you will need to freeze them. This is the type of scone that is great without any added jam or clotted cream... but you can add them if you like. It goes rather well with a cup of tea or coffee. Since they freeze well, they are perfect to make ahead. I have listed the original recipe, the way the scones should be:). Hope you enjoy...
Note:I like to place my scones in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes( or even the freezer will work)...this way, they don't spread out so much. The directions doesn't say to do that, but I find it best to add that step. And during this waiting time, I'll clean up and get the oven pre-heated.
You will need:
8 TBS unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp fresh lemon zest( I used orange zest...and a bit more than 1 tsp:))
1/2 tsp salt( I like to use a bit less)
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 TBS melted butter
raw sugar, for sprinkling
Powder sugar glaze:(my addition, purely optional)
Freeze your butter before starting. You can do it the night before, or a few hours before.
Preheat oven to 425 deg. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.
Grate 8 TBS of butter and set aside in the freezer, again.
Freeze your blueberries until you need them in the folding process.
Whisk the milk and sour cream together. Refrigerate until needed.
Fold in the cold milk/sour cream mixture...just until combined. Do not over mix. You might have some floury bits at the bottom of the bowl...
Turn the dough and any floury bits on a well floured countertop. Flour your hands and the dough and knead for 6-8 times...be gentle. It should just hold together in a raggedy ball. It is a soft/wet dough. It will stick as you knead, so add a bit of flour to prevent it from sticking. I like to use a bench scraper to lift the dough off the countertop.
Chill the dough in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Flour your countertop again. Roll the chilled dough again in a 12 inch square. Sprinkle the chilled berries evenly over the whole surface.
Loosen the dough with a bench scraper.
Roll the dough in a log, jelly-roll style.
Turn the seam side down and press down on the log to form a 12x4 inch rectangle.
Place the scones on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with some raw sugar(or regular).
Bake for 18-25 minutes OR until light golden brown( I like to place my scones in the fridge for about 20 minutes...this way, they don't spread out so much. The directions doesn't say to do that, but I like to do that for mine). Cool 10 minutes. Drizzle with some icing....or leave plain.