For some reason, my pictures got lost! So even though I took the time to take an adorable picture put I don’t have one to post.
Anyways, this recipe is for the delicious petite vanilla bean scones at Starbucks. Have you had them? They are delicious. The only reason I don’t eat them every day is because I can’t afford to. Luckily, these scones turned out almost exactly the same!
I made them for our Royal Wedding watching party, because what is more English than scones?!
- 3 cups All-purpose Flour
- ⅔ cups Sugar
- 5 teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoons Salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, Chilled
- 1 whole Large Egg
- ¾ cups Heavy Cream (more If Needed)
- 2 whole Vanilla Beans
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
- ½ cups Whole Milk
- 1 whole Vanilla Bean
- Dash Of Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Split the vanilla beans down the middle lengthwise and scrape out all the vanilla inside. Stir into cream. Set aside for 15 minutes.
Sift together flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut cold butter into pats, then use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour. Keep going until mixture resembles crumbs.
Mix vanilla cream with egg, then combine with flour mixture; stir gently with a fork just until it comes together (seriously, don’t overmix!)
Turn dough onto a floured surface and lightly press it together until it forms a rough rectangle. (Mixture will be pretty crumbly.) Use a rolling pin to roll into a rectangle about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. Use your hands to help with the forming if necessary. Be really careful because if you press it too much or overmix it gets to a weird consistency.
Use a knife to trim into a symmetrical rectangle, then cut the rectangle into 12 symmetrical squares/rectangles. Next, cut each square/rectangle in half diagonally, to form two triangles. Or, you could do what I did and just cut out fun scone shapes with a cookie cutter.
Transfer to a parchment or baking mat-lined cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes, removing from the oven just before they start to turn golden. Allow to cool for 15 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
To make the icing, split one vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out. Stir into milk; allow to sit for awhile. Mix powdered sugar with the vanilla milk, adding more powdered sugar or milk if necessary to get the consistency the right thickness. Stir or whisk until completely smooth.
One at a time, carefully dunk each cooled scone in the glaze, turning it over if necessary. Transfer to parchment paper or the cooling rack. Allow the glaze to set completely, about an hour. Scones will keep several days if glazed.