As school begins again and summer succumbs to the crispness of autumn, the last blueberries hang heavy on their bushes. What could be better than kicking off the school year with delicious blueberry scones still steamy warm from the oven? This sweet treat presents the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert. Plus, they are easy to transport, so they prove great for those after school hikes, picnics, and sporting events. Blueberry scones are surprisingly easy to make. In fact, they take less than an hour. So, gather those ingredients to make some scrumptious scones.
One batch makes about 8 scones.
2 cups flour (I use 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat)
1 tablespoon baking powder
7 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons chilled butter, diced into small pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup blueberries (I put in a little more because I love blueberries)
1 egg white
1 tablespoon milk/cream
This recipe can be used with all kinds of berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, etc., but I think that blueberries taste best.
If you are using fresh blueberries, take about 1-2 teaspoons out of the cream, because fresh berries have moisture.
Combine all dry ingredients, add the butter, and mix thoroughly. Slowly add the cream and stir. At this point, the dough will be pretty dry, but it is supposed to be that way. Add the cream and berries and mix very well with either a big spoon or your hands. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it three times (that is the secret to making them fluffy). Flatten the dough until it is about 1/2-3/4 inches thick and cut them out into scone-formed triangles using a knife or anything that is somewhat sharp. Then, pour the egg white and milk into a separate bowl and whisk them together. Brush the mixture on top of the unbaked scones and sprinkle with some large baking sugar granules. You can use regular sugar as well. Bake for approximately twelve minutes or until golden brown at 425°F.
In this time of transition between summer and fall, look to these blueberry scones as a tasty treat that will fuel you onto your next activity. These scones taste best when shared with family and friends. Enjoy!