Blueberry Scones

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Without the scone, we would have never had the tradition of “afternoon tea” in Britain. So thank you, you fine, unique little biscuit-cookie cakes! You’re so good everyone in the U.K. gets an afternoon rest just to enjoy you!

Vegan Blueberry Scones

You might not know this but at one time there was no afternoon tea. You might think this is a tradition that began in the 1500s during Queen Elizabeth the 1st reign, but it didn’t.

it began in Queen Victoria’s time in the 1840s, when the Duchess of Bedford stopped by and wanted a light lunch of tea, biscuits (cookies), and scones. Apparently, the chefs did such a good job with these traditionally Scottish treats that afternoon tea became a tradition in England, often served with tea, of course, as well as scones and the British “biscuit.”

If you’ve never had a scone, make some. They’re pretty easy to throw together and bake. They have a unique texture that’s like a cross between a croissant, a biscuit, and a shortbread cookie. Like shortbread cookies, they’re often dusted with sanding sugar, which gives them a sweet crunch of a top layer that’s simply delightful.

What I love about these Blueberry Scones is that the addition of the tart blueberry so complements the crisp, sugary texture of the scones, giving them a whole new dimension of flavor. I love scones with black or white tea, cappuccino with a nice, English novel about the countryside, with my pinky firmly displayed out as I sip (wink).

How to Make Perfect Scones

Making scones is kind of like making pie crust. The secret is to keep everything that touches that dough–and the dough itself–cold.

So, chill the dough every now and then, when you feel it beginning to warm. Also, chill the utensils you stir it with and keep the butter cold as well. Notice, in the directions, even when infusing your cream with the chamomile tea, you bring the temperature of the cream to cold again. Cold, cold, cold. It’s the secret to great pie crust and great scones so get your dough all ready, then put it back in the fridge if it’s getting warm. Then roll it out and portion your scones onto your parchment-lined tray. Then, put the whole tray of wedges into the fridge while your oven preheats.

What I do is not preheat my oven initially. I wait until I’ve got my scone wedges chilling in the fridge and then preheat the oven, taking the cold wedges out and popping them right into the oven.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (plus more for brushing)
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (cold and cubed)
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Vegan Blueberry Scones

Instructions

Prep time – 15 minutes

Cooking time – 15 minutes

Yields – 8 servings

Step 1: Get ready: Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Step 2: Infuse cream: In a small pot, gently warm the heavy cream with the chamomile tea bag to infuse it with flavor, then let it cool.

Step 3: Mix dry ingredients: In a big bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Step 4: Add butter: Cut in the cold butter until the mix looks like small crumbs. This is what makes the scones flaky.

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Step 5: Combine wet ingredients: Mix in the beaten egg, vanilla, and cooled cream just until the dough starts to come together.

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Step 6: Fold in blueberries: Gently add the blueberries to the dough, being careful not to crush them.

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Vegan Blueberry Scones

Step 7: Shape and cut: On a floured surface, form the dough into a circle and cut it into 8 wedges.

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Step 8: Bake to perfection: Place the wedges on the baking sheet, brush with cream, sprinkle with sugar, and bake until golden.

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Step 9: Cool and enjoy: Let the scones cool a bit before enjoying them with your favorite tea or coffee.

Vegan Blueberry Scones

FAQs & Tips

How to Make Ahead and Store?

You can freeze scone dough up to three months if you like–just leave the blueberries out, or you will have blue dough. Same with making ahead and refrigerating. You can make scone dough ahead and refrigerate it three days tops, and refrigerate baked scones three days as well.

What type of bowld do you recommend?

Metal bowls chill and hold a chill better than glass. This is what I recommend you use to make scones.

What do you recommend for cutting them?

You’ll need a pastry cutter–there’s no way around it–to cut in that butter properly. Don’t forget to chill that too.

Can I use wax paper?

No, you cannot substitute wax paper for parchment paper. It will glue wax to the bottom of whatever you cook. I know it looks like parchment paper, but it’s not parchment paper.

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Serving Suggestions

Scones are not only for serving at tea. They’re wonderful at brunch, after lunch, or after supper. I like to serve them at brunch with my Perfect Baked Eggs , my Slow Cooker Frittata, some Blueberry Lemon Spice Cake, and Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple-Cream Cheese.

Lemon Blueberry Scones
Vegan Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 scones
Calories 374 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream plus more for brushing
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions
 

  • Get ready: Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Infuse cream: In a small pot, gently warm the heavy cream with the chamomile tea bag to infuse it with flavor, then let it cool.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a big bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    Vegan Blueberry Scones
  • Add butter: Cut in the cold butter until the mix looks like small crumbs. This is what makes the scones flaky.
    Vegan Blueberry Scones
  • Combine wet ingredients: Mix in the beaten egg, vanilla, and cooled cream just until the dough starts to come together.
    Vegan Blueberry Scones
  • Fold in blueberries: Gently add the blueberries to the dough, being careful not to crush them.
    Vegan Blueberry Scones
  • Shape and cut: On a floured surface, form the dough into a circle and cut it into 8 wedges.
    Vegan Blueberry Scones
  • Bake to perfection: Place the wedges on the baking sheet, brush with cream, sprinkle with sugar, and bake until golden.
    Vegan Blueberry Scones
  • Cool and enjoy: Let the scones cool a bit before enjoying them with your favorite tea or coffee.
    Vegan Blueberry Scones

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 5gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 722IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
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