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Vanilla Bean Cream Scones

Vanilla Bean Cream Scones


Ingredients

Scones

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream

Topping

  • 1 Tbsp cold heavy cream
  • 2 tsp sugar

Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions

  1. For the scones, line two rimmed baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cardamom in a medium bowl. Combine vanilla bean paste with 1 1/3 cups heavy cream and drizzle over flour mixture; fold in just until flour is incorporated and a shaggy dough forms – if needed, add 2 more tablespoons cream.
  2. Divide dough in half and turn out on a lightly floured board. Use lightly floured hands to pat each half into a 6-inch circle. Place the two circles of dough on prepared baking sheets and cut each circle into 7 wedges. Chill baking sheets in the freezer for 20 minutes while preheating oven to 425°F.
  3. Pull the wedges slightly apart, leaving an inch between them, and brush scones with cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until tops are set, edges are beginning to turn golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool scones for 5 minutes on baking sheets before removing to a wire rack to cool.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, salt, milk, vanilla bean paste, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle over scones and let set before serving.

Notes

Make ahead: Cut each circle of dough into wedges on baking sheet; cover and freeze overnight. Brush with cream, sprinkle with sugar, and bake directly from the freezer, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time. For longer storage, transfer frozen scones to a freezer bag until ready to use. Recipe inspired by Bake From Scratch.

Keywords: Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, Cardamom, Scones