Scones make a perfect breakfast, snack, or treat. They're buttery, cakey, tender, and come together in minutes!
Blueberry scones, where have you been all my life??
Scones are a relatively new discovery for me. But I. Am. Hooked!
If you've never had scones before, the best way I would describe them would be a cross between biscuits and muffins.
The ingredients will come together in a dough that's really similar to biscuits, while the texture will be almost cakey like a muffin. A perfect match, if you ask me!
Blueberry scones ingredients:
• Baking powder & baking soda: some recipes call for one or the other and some call for both. I like to add both because they work together to give a more tender and cakey final product (which I LOVE)
• Butter: use cold, cubed butter here for a flakier scone
• Blueberries: my go-to add-in, but you can add whatever you like here. Depending on your taste, the range for add-ins is usually around ½ a cup to ¾ of a cup (but more or less is always fine!)
• Buttermilk: if you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own using regular milk or even just swap it out entirely for regular milk! The acidity in buttermilk gives you a more tender and tangy scone, but the milk does a perfect job as well
• Vanilla extract
How to make blueberry scones:
When following a blueberry scones recipe it's a lot like a typical muffin recipe. Whisk together dry ingredients, then whisk together wet ingredients, and combine the two.
The main difference is the added step of cutting the butter into the dry ingredients (which helps give a biscuit like scone).
Here are the steps involved with making this blueberry scones recipe:
1. Whisk together your flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.
2. Add your butter to the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the dry mix until you get a mixture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
3. Add your blueberries (or whichever add-in you like). Mix to coat in the dry mix. Set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together your buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Pour your wet ingredients over your dry mix.
5. Stir together until you get a ball of dough and you no longer see spots of flour.
6. Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Flour the top, and press and flatten the dough into a circle that's about ¾ inch thick and 9 inches in diameter.
7. Cut the dough into 8 equal sized wedges. Transfer the wedges onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the scones in a preheated 400°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
How to store blueberry scones:
Once your scones cool completely to room temperature, transfer them to an airtight container or plastic bag and seal well. These scones will keep for up to 3 days at room temperature.
If you need to reheat your scones, place your scones on a baking sheet and place in the center of a preheated 350°F oven. Heat for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through again.
I like to freeze my scones if I don't think I'll finish them before the end of day one, because they do taste best fresh!
How to freeze blueberry scones:
Scones will fit right in with your list of freezer friendly foods! They freeze really well and make a great breakfast snack you can pop out of your freezer and right into your oven to warm!
To freeze, allow the scones to cool completely to room temperature after baking. Transfer to a freezer-safe container or plastic bag. Seal well. These scones keep for up to 3 months frozen.
To warm scones right from the freezer, place your frozen scones on a baking sheet and heat in the center of a preheated 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until defrosted and warmed through.
You can also choose to defrost the scones at room temperature for a few hours, or in the fridge overnight. Either way, I recommend heating them for about 5 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven to warm through before enjoying!
While this is technically a blueberry scones recipe, you can swap out the blueberries for whatever you like in your scones. Some of my favorites include chocolate chips, chopped strawberries, chopped raspberries, chopped peaches, and chopped nuts (mainly almonds, sometimes walnuts)!
Some other additions you can include are lemon/orange zest (about 1 teaspoon), spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice (about ¼ teaspoon), or pumpkin puree (for pumpkin scones!)
If you don't like any add-ins, you can even go classic and leave the scones plain!
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Blueberry Scones Recipe
- 2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour, spoon and leveled - plus more for shaping the dough
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- ¾ cup blueberries or your preferred add-ins * see notes
- ¾ cup buttermilk, cold
- 1 large egg, cold
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to combine.2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour,, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Add your cubed butter to the dry ingredients. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until you're left with mixture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs (try to keep the butter slightly larger for a flakier dough - pictured above).½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter,
- Add your blueberries (or other add-ins) and gently mix to coat in the dry ingredients.¾ cup blueberries
- In a separate medium bowl, combine your buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk your wet ingredients together to incorporate. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, and mix everything together until a rough, shaggy dough starts to form.¾ cup buttermilk,, 1 large egg,, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Turn your dough onto a floured work surface and flour the top to keep it from sticking. Using your hands, press and flatten the dough into a circle that's about ¾ inch thick and about 9 inches in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut the circle into 8 equal sized triangles. Transfer the triangles to your parchment lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each scone.
- Bake the scones in the center of your preheated 400°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed. Cool slightly before serving. Scones are best enjoyed warm or at room temperature. Dust with powdered sugar, top with icing, or serve plain!