It’s not often I make a batch of scones, but when I do, it always feels special – biting into a warm scone that just popped out of the oven is somehow unforgettable.
A quest for the perfect scone
What prompted me to create this recipe, though, was having bitten into one too many heavy, door-step-looking scones from a local bakery. I came home one day, hell-bent on making the lightest, crumbliest scones ever. It took a few tries, but I can honestly say that this recipe yields the fluffiest scones I’ve ever tasted!
Make your own crème fraîche and jam!
Almond scones served with crème fraîche and homemade strawberry jam with balsamic
makes 10 medium scones
active time: 30 min
- 1 2/3 cups (240 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup (40 g) blanched, sliced almonds
- 2 1/2 teaspoons (10 g) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (3 g)
- 1 tablespoon (15 g) organic sugar
- 5 tablespoons (70 g) unsalted butter – at room temperature
- 2 extra large eggs – beaten, 1 tablespoon reserved for brushing the tops of the scones
- 1/3 cup (78 ml) heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) pure almond extract
- 1/4 cup (32 g) blanched, sliced almonds as garnish
- 2 teaspoons (10 g) organic sugar as garnish
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) crème fraîche
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) strawberry jam with balsamic
- extra flour to roll the dough
- 2 1/2” round cookie cutter
- 1 large jelly roll pan – buttered or lined with a Silpat
- Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Step 1: Place the flour, almonds, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Stir with a fork until well blended. Add the soft butter and stir again with a fork until butter forms small crumbs. Set aside.
- Step 2: Place the eggs, cream and almond extract in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Add the egg mixture to the flour/almond mixture and stir with a fork until the mixture comes together. Do not over-mix or the scones will be stiff; the mixture should still be a bit crumbly. Gather the dough into a ball with the tips of your fingers and place it onto a floured surface, sprinkle with a little flour and roll into a circle 8” wide and 3/4” thick. Using the cookie cutter, shape 9 scones and place them on the prepared pan, 2” apart (shape the last couple of scones with the scraps). Brush the tops with the reserved beaten egg, sprinkle with a few almond slices and a little sugar, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden. Serve the scones right out of the oven with the strawberry jam and the crème fraîche on the side.