Vanilla Bean Scones

Vanilla Bean Scones

AuthorJulie

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
3/4 cup buttermilk (or plain yogurt, thinned with milk)
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla or vanilla bean paste
extra milk or cream, for brushing (optional)
coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
Vanilla glaze
1 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp. milk or cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla or vanilla bean paste

1

Preheat oven to 400F. In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and blend it with a fork, whisk, pastry blender or your fingers (or do it all in the food processor, if you have one), leaving some lumps no bigger than a pea.

2

In a small bowl, stir the buttermilk, egg and vanilla together with a fork. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Pat the dough out about an inch thick on a parchment-lined sheet and cut into rounds or wedges; brush with milk or cream and/or sprinkle with sugar. Pull them apart, leaving at least an inch between them, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

3

To make the glaze, whisk together the icing sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle it over the scones while they're still warm.

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Ingredients

 2 cups all-purpose flour
 1/3 cup sugar
 2 tsp. baking powder
 1/2 tsp. baking soda
 1/4 tsp. salt
 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
 3/4 cup buttermilk (or plain yogurt, thinned with milk)
 1 large egg
 1 tsp. vanilla or vanilla bean paste
 extra milk or cream, for brushing (optional)
 coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
Vanilla glaze
 1 cup icing sugar
 1 Tbsp. milk or cream
 1/2 tsp. vanilla or vanilla bean paste

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 400F. In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and blend it with a fork, whisk, pastry blender or your fingers (or do it all in the food processor, if you have one), leaving some lumps no bigger than a pea.

2

In a small bowl, stir the buttermilk, egg and vanilla together with a fork. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Pat the dough out about an inch thick on a parchment-lined sheet and cut into rounds or wedges; brush with milk or cream and/or sprinkle with sugar. Pull them apart, leaving at least an inch between them, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

3

To make the glaze, whisk together the icing sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle it over the scones while they're still warm.

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