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Vanilla Scones Recipe
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 15 min
- Ready in: 25 min
- Yields: 8 scones
Since I have to get up early in the morning to get ready for work, I try to have as much ready for breakfast as I can.
However; the more I try to get away from buying food at the store that I can just make at home, there are times when a quick bite to eat at the store can inspire creativity.
A few weeks back, I was trying to figure out how to have a quick breakfast on the way (or before the way) to work without having to try and waiting in line and spend money (un-necessarily) at Starbucks or Peet’s coffee.
So I grab a box of vanilla bean scones (I couldn’t think of anything to bake, and they looked interesting).
They were two-bite snacks that tasted amazing. My girlfriend (who despises scone of all kinds) couldn’t stop eating them; she said that they were moist and sweet, un like the other scones that she has eaten.
This got me thinking about making scones at home that were not dried out and bland. So I doubled up on the vanilla and substituted a half cup of flour with powdered sugar.
These homemade vanilla scones are tasty and they can be made easily in less than an hour. One batch of them can last at least a week, if you can stop at just one a day for breakfast. They are great for a quick breakfast and will save you time and money in the morning; especially if you brew your own coffee in the morning. No more waiting in line and the coffee shop.
1 cup of all-purpose flour
½ cup of powdered sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons of double acting baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of white sugar (or vanilla sugar--a vanilla bean left in a bowl of sugar for a few days will get this result)
¼ cup (half stick) of cold butter
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
2 whole eggs
1/3 cup of milk
(plus) White sugar / vanilla sugar for the topping
1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degree F.
2. Sift together the flour, sugar, powder, salt and white sugar in a small mixing bowl.
3. Pour the dry ingredient mixture into a standing mixer (or you can do this next step by hand);
4. Cut the cold butter into pea-sized cubes and then work the butter into the flour mixture, either using the standing mixer or with your hands.
5. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together.
6. Add the vanilla and the milk and stir them together.
7. Add the wet mixture to the dry flour mixture.
8. Knead the dough together, either with a dough hook on the standing mixer or using your hand (dusted if flour).
9. When all ingredients are well mixed, and incorporated, the dough will be very sticky.
10. Roll the dough into a round disc.
11. Cut into 8 equal triangles.
12. Place the triangles on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
13. Sprinkle with the tops with the white sugar (or vanilla sugar)
14. Bake the scones for 15 minutes.
15. allow them to cool completely before storing in a ziplock bag (to maintain freshness).