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Raspberry or Blueberry Cream Scones

Scones made with butter and cream
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Scones
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 260 grams
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest optional, or just use a smaller amount
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into pieces (42 grams)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup heavy or whipping cream plus more as needed and for brushing**
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries or blueberries
  • ¼ cup white chips optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Have ready a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt until very well blended. Add the bits of butter and work with a pastry cutter or your fingers until coarse. Stir in the sugar and the lemon zest until evenly blended.
  • Combine the egg yolk with 3/4 cup of cream and vanilla. Add the cream/yolk mixture to the food flour mixture gradually, stirring until the dough is moist enough to shape.
  • Empty mixture onto a pastry mat and pat down flat. If using berries, carefully press them into the batter. Fold the batter over on itself and press down again. Add more berries. Fold again. Shape dough into a large square or a circle (your choice).
  • With knife, cut the square into 4 squares, the cut each square in half diagonally so that you have 8 triangles. The triangles should be crumbly and delicate. Arrange them on the tray a few inches apart so they have room to rise. If shaping into a circle, cut into 6 triangles.
  • Alternatively, you can just divide the dough into 6 or 8 round scones.
  • With a pastry brush, brush tops with cream.
  • Bake the scones on center rack of oven for about 16 to 18 minutes. Allow them to cool on the sheet for a few minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack.

Notes

You will  need more than 3/4 cup cream, but I recommend starting with the smallest amount and gradually adding more if needed.  The dryer the dough, the less the scones spread.