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Cream Scones

July 25, 2015

If I had to pick just one scone recipe to use forever, these fluffy, flavorful cream scones would be the winner.

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What are scones anyway? Are you really asking me this? Ok, some of you are, and I forgive you for not knowing. Scones are quick breads with just the right amount of sweetness. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and are made from just a few simple ingredients: flour, butter, a liquid such as heavy cream or buttermilk, sugar (usually a small amount), and sometimes eggs. Eggs make scones richer in flavor but heavier in texture. Today’s recipe uses heavy cream as the liquid, which gives the scones a wonderfully subtle and sweet taste with a rich texture.

I know that some people don’t get the fascination with scones, and for a long time I was among them. I think it’s just because some of the scones out there don’t do justice to a real, traditional scone as they’re too dense and flavorless, but trust me that this recipe is the one. They are perfect either plain or with your favorite add-ins such as chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, or fresh berries.

There are 2 common methods for cutting scones. The first is traditional rounds, which are made by patting the dough into a 3/4-inch thick circle, then cutting out pieces using a biscuit cutter. This method will leave you with some extra dough that you’ll then need to press back into another piece and repeat the process.

The second method leaves you with no leftover dough. Simply tap the dough into a circle, then cut it into 8 wedges, like a pizza. This yields 8 large scones. For 12 smaller scones, you can cut the dough into two, then pat each half into a circle and cut into 6 wedges. The only rule is that each circle should always be 3/4-inch thick.

If the dough doesn’t come together easily or if it’s too dry and crumbly, add a bit of water. If the dough is too wet and sticky, making it hard to handle, add a bit of flour. It’s super important to avoid overworking the dough as much as possible, though, because the less mixing you do, the softer the scones will be.

Use cold ingredients when making scones, otherwise the butter will melt fast and the dough will be messy and hard to work with. I place both the flour and sliced butter in the freezer for 15 minutes, and use cold heavy cream.

Dreamy Cream Scones | prettysimplesweet.com

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cream Scones
Yields: 8-9 (quite large) scones
 
If I had to pick just one scone recipe to use forever, these fluffy, flavorful cream scones would be the winner.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (280 g/10 oz) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup (50 g/1.7 oz) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup (75 g/2.6 oz) cold butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus 1 tablespoon (for brushing the tops)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup add-ins of your choice (see post for ideas), optional
  • Coarse/turbinado/demerara sugar, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers. Alternatively, you can pulse the ingredients in a food processor. Mix until mixture resembles coarse meal and there are uneven pieces of butter throughout.
  3. Add most of the cup of heavy cream, leaving a bit for adding if needed. Add vanilla extract and stir with a spatula or fork until dough begins to form. If dough is too crumbly, add more heavy cream as needed—up to 1 cup in total. Don’t overmix. Gently fold in your add-ins, if using.
  4. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead gently, about 5-6 times, until a ball forms.
  5. For round scones: Pat dough into a 9×6-inch rectangle about ¾-inch thick. Using a 2.5-inch (6.5 cm) biscuit cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Press the leftover dough into another ¾-inch thick piece and repeat the process to get 2-3 more biscuits.
  6. For triangular scones (easier method): Pat dough into a 9-inch (23 cm) circle about ¾-inch thick. Cut circle into 8 even wedges.
  7. Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes. While scones are still hot, sprinkle again with coarse sugar for extra crunchiness.
  8. These scones are delicious either warm or at room temperature.
  9. Scones are best eaten the same day they are made, but can be frozen for up to 1 month. If you want to serve them warm, reheat in the oven before serving.

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    July 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Being British I absolutely love scones! These look perfect and so fluffy! You’ve definitely got to serve scones with cream and jam. Yummy recipe, Shiran!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      July 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks Jess!

  • Reply
    Joan Hayes
    July 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    These scones are just beautiful! I love the sprinkling of raw sugar on top! I can’t wait to make these!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      July 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Joan!

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    Beeta @ Mon Petit Four
    July 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Your scones look beautiful! I love a good scone with some jam. I agree, too many scores out there are dry and dense :/ Love all your tips!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      July 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    Winnie
    July 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

    סקונס עוד לא הכנתי אף פעם, ואם את אומרת שזה המתכון שהייתי בוחרת אז אני מתה לנסות כבר.
    אני שומרת לי את המתכון 🙂

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    Kate
    August 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    These scones were amazing, I made them this past Saturday morning, and have been thinking of them ever since! They were by far the lightest scones I’ve ever eaten, and will definitely be joining my recipe book :). I mixed the heavy cream with the vanilla extract, and the tops came out really well with the extra vanilla hit. Loved them!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      August 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Kate! I’m so glad you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

  • Reply
    Marta
    July 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

    These are the best scones I’ve ever made, no doubt about it! I’ve been trying different scone recipes for years but they are always such a disappointment – too dry, too dense, too flat… Now the search is over, thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      July 27, 2016 at 8:22 am

      I tried so many recipes before this one, so I know what you mean! I’m glad you like the recipe!

  • Reply
    KATE
    January 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Hi there I just wondered what the cream in the picture was? Did you make your own whipping cream? And is that jelly with it? Thanks

    • Reply
      Shiran
      January 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Kate, yes, that’s whipped cream that I made myself and jelly.

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