Monday, March 23, 2009

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze!

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Another awesome recipe by Tyler Florence!

blueberry scones with lemon glazeblueberry scones with lemon glaze

Straight out of the oven, these really are dynamite. Crisp and flaky on the outside, with a softer and fluffy inside. I had 2 right away. Like, for dinner. SO GOOD. I also made them with 3/4 cup raisins instead of blueberries, and then adding to the dry mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg. It totally worked.


Blueberry Scones:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate (I usually fold it with a big spoon 6-8 times); do not overwork the dough. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong color will bleed into the dough.

Pour the crumbly mixture onto a lightly floured surface in a pile. It will look messy at this point. Do not fret! Now press the dough with 2 hands into a rectangle about 12" long, by 3" wide, by 1 1/4" inches high. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. Place the scones on an UN-greased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool at least 20 minutes before you apply the glaze.
Technically you should make this simple lemon glaze in a double boiler (i.e. over a pot of simmering water with a heatproof bowl set on top) but it's even simpler to zap it in the microwave. Mix the lemon juice and confectioners' sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon zest and butter. Nuke it for 30 seconds on high. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.


Trisha said...

Oooohh yum!! stumbled here from bakebakebake :)

- Trish

the wandering fork said...

I'll check out your website too Trisha! Thanks for stumbling in. :)

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