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Blueberry Lavender Scones

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Does scone rhyme with “tone” or with “gone”? Most of the UK, Canada and Australia will argue that it rhymes with gone, while southern England, the Republic of Ireland and Americans argue that it rhymes with tone.

Scones are an important part of the anglo culture. They can be anything from a rushed convenience food to an elegant staple of high tea. Scones were originally a round, flat cake cooked in a skillet and cut into triangular wedges for serving. Nowadays, with baking powder widely available, they are baked in the oven and can be round, triangular or even square.

It is unseasonably warm this weekend in London (read: not grey and warmer than 15°C). To welcome the unexpected summer weather, this week’s recipe is for blueberry lavender scones.

These are not the posh little rounds served at £50 (or more!) high tea. These are rustic, but tender home-baked scones full of flavor. The lavender adds a floral hint that pairs well with early-mid summer fruit like blueberries or raspberries. If you are not a fan of lavender, substitute with some lemon zest for lemon blueberry scones.

Blueberry Lavender Scones

Yields 8 scones.


240g plain flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
70g granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dried lavender, ground into a powder

115g cold unsalted butter, diced

1 large egg
120ml cold double cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

170g blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dried lavender, ground into a powder

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced

1 large egg
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

1. Preheat the oven:

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

2. Mix the dry ingredients:

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl if mixing by hand), whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and lavender powder.

3. Cut in the butter:

With the mixer on low to medium, add the cold bits of butter and mix until the mixture is sandy with pea-sized bits of butter. If mixing by hand, use a pastry blender. 

The goal here is the break up the butter and distribute it through the dry ingredients. The fat in the butter coats the flour and prevents some of the gluten development, resulting in a “shorter” dough. The larger bits of butter will create a flaky scone as the butter melts and the moisture evaporates in the hot oven.

Cut the butter into the flour
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4. Mix the wet ingredients:

In a small bowl or a liquid measuring cup, mix together the egg, heavy cream and vanilla extract.

5. Pour in the wet ingredients:

With the mixer on low, pour in the wet ingredients. Stop mixing just before it comes together so you can add the blueberries and finish mixing by hand. You do not want to over mix or the scones will be dense and tough.

6. Add the blueberries:

Add the blueberries and finish mixing gently with a rubber spatula, being careful not to crush the blueberries. (It is an impossible task, some blueberries will inevitably break, but the goal is to avoid making purple scones.)

Carefully fold in the blueberries
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7. Shape the scones:

Gently scoop out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat the dough into a circle roughly one inch thick (2.5cm). Then, slice the circle into 8 equal-sized wedges.

Cut the scones into triangles
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8. Bake the scones:

Transfer the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Brush the tops with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake the scones for 18 to 20 minutes until lightly golden on top.

Brush scones with cream and sprinkle with sugar
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Blueberry lavender scones on a baking tray
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  1. I love scones. I’ve made blueberry scones off several recipes, but so far this is my favorite. I have plenty of lavender plants in my yard. This is so moist and easy. Now I need to learn to make clotted cream. Thanks Sunday Baker for your recipe. I put in a little twist and use lavender infused honey and then brush a little cream on top and sprinkle a little turbinado cane sugar on top before baking.

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