scones | designlovefest

scones! not something you often reach for here in the states but i just returned from a glorious trip to England and it reignited my love for a proper scone. they’re often not done correctly here in America, they are not supposed to be overly sweet, the texture of a muffin, or too hard and crumbly. they are supposed to be soft, slightly flaky, subtly sweet and not too dense. and they should not have chocolate chips in them! during my summers in college i worked at a bakery in michigan and the pastry chef shared her recipe for scones with me. she really stressed to me that when you’re making something with very limited ingredients, like a scone, the quality of each ingredient really matters. use real vanilla, butter, sugar, flour, etc. because each item has a substantial contribution to the end result. if you think of yourself as someone who doesn’t like scones, i encourage you to try these because they changed my mind and they might change yours too.

scones | designlovefest

they should be served with jam and clotted cream but where do you find clotted cream in the states?! i tried to get ivan to take on the clotted cream recipe but he couldn’t find unpasteurized heavy cream so it didn’t turn out as we hoped. serving them with lots of butter and jam works just fine. – joanie

scones | designlovefest

makes 8

what you’ll need//

• 3 cups flour
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 6 oz cold butter
• zest of one lemon or half an orange
• 2 eggs lightly mixed with a fork
• 1/2 cup whole milk
• 1 cup of whatever topping you’d like, we used dried cranberries but could do any dried fruit or chocolate chips, if you must.

how to make//

• pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
• in a large bowl shift together your dry ingredients until fully combined (salt, flour, baking soda + powder, sugar and zest)
• mix the vanilla, eggs and milk together, set aside
• cut your cold butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients you can either cut the butter into the mixture using your hands or pastry cutter. you want to mixed the butter in until it’s broken into little balls.
• once mixed, make a little hole in the center and pour in the wet ingredients. mix together until incorporated but do not over mix.

scones | designlovefest

• put the dough on a greased cookie sheet, baking mat, or parchment paper and mold into a circle like you see below. make four even cuts across to create 8 scones.
• bake for 25-30 minutes, remove and serve with butter and jam.

scones | designlovefest
scones | designlovefest

they’re best fresh but will keep for a few days in an air tight container on the counter. enjoy!

scones | designlovefest
scones | designlovefest

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styling by: joanie cusack + ivan solis


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    Helen C says:

    These look incredible, I’ve recently got more into eating scones when visiting little cafes here in the UK. There was this particular café, we have visited as a stop in-between a long car journey that do the best homemade scones I’ve ever tasted. They have all sorts of flavours like chocolate orange, blueberry etc. I love baking also, and this post has put me in the mood for making scones for sure. Your photos are gorgeous, I love how they tell a story. 🙂 xx

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    Helen says:

    Scones are one of my favorite things to bake! Thanks for sharing this recipe! These look delightful!


    Stephanie says:

    oh wow looks so yummy! Been craving scones for a while now, thanks for sharing! 🙂


    Sophie says:

    Can you please share the source of the coffee table?

    Bailey says:

    Mascarpone cheese is a good substitute for the clotted cream if you are looking for some lush, sweet creaminess with your jam! Just had the same problem

    bri says:

    ah, great idea! thank you!

    Vee says:

    I haven’t lived in the States for years, but Cost Plus World Market should have clotted cream. You could probably substitute by whipping heavy cream that’s not sugared.

    My fav scone recipes are from Mary Berry, Delia, and BBC Good Food. They’re round and given a milk wash. Cheese scones are also amazing.

    Alka says:

    Scones are one of my most loved things to heat! A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing this formula! These look delightful!

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