A Sweet Treat
To be completely honest, the team in the office have always had the idea in our heads that scones were boring. If there’s no chocolate involved in baked goods, then why make it, right? Totally wrong! About a year or so ago, we all started to get into making and baking new recipes. And since then, we have been slowly coming around and have completely changed our minds about fruit baked goods. Sure, we have never actually eaten a fruit based dessert… for dessert, but for breakfast? Yes, please!
Do scones excite you? Scones with jam and cream just never really excited us in the office, but then the thought of, “blackberry lavender white chocolate scones” was too good to pass up on making. These scones were just meant to be, seeing as we had a whole heap of blackberries simply sitting in the office fridge waiting to be used but not abused.
One thing you must do when making scones…or so we have read at least from various sources, shred your very cold butter on a box grater just like you would cheese. Yes, shred your butter. It’s actually kind of a fun thing to do, plus it makes for a really quick and simple dough to throw together. We had these scones in the oven within TEN minutes of deciding we were going to make them.
The other thing you must do with these scones? Load on the blackberries and don’t skip the white chocolate. We love white chocolate, but with fruit? It is a fantastic combination! You must over do it, and no skimping….just go for the full cup!
Alright and that glaze! We love that too. The combo of sweet blackberries to flora lavender really, really works. They don’t overpower each other, but instead compliment each other tastefully. It’s a magical thing.
So, you can serve these at brunch, bake them as an afternoon snack, or ooh… maybe even add them as a lunch box treat for back to school or a work lunch? Yes, do that too! We highly recommend eating these warm, right out of the oven. They are best that way, but they are still delicious once cooled, or even the next day!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter grated on a box grater just like cheese
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup buttermilk + more for brushing
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1/2-1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender use 2 teaspoons for a less intense flavor
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and toss with the flour. Add the egg, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix. Fold in the blackberries and white chocolate chips.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and then pat into 1-inch-thick square. Cut the dough into 2 inch squares. Place pieces, about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Brush each piece with buttermilk.
Bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let the scones cool slightly and then drizzle with the lavender glaze (see below). Serve warm with butter.
Place the milk and butter in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook until the milk is steaming, but not boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the lavender. Cover and steep 5 minutes. Strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer and discard the lavender. Stir in the the powdered sugar, adding water if needed to thin the glaze. Drizzle the glaze over each scone.
*Shred the butter over a cheese grater just like you would cheese.
Who could resist a warm baked treat like these scones?