Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blueberry Cream Scones




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I don't find coffee cake to be much of a temptation, but I get all weak-kneed if there are scones in the house. I simply can't resist them, particularly if they are made with sweet cream. Scones are not an everyday affair in my kitchen. I make them only for the holidays, because, truth be told, I could eat the entire batch if left to my own devices. I first sampled these scones at Central Market in Austin, Texas. It was love at first bite. I was able to get a copy of the recipe and was delighted to find that the scones are as easy to make as they are delicious to taste. While there is a bit of wait time involved, they can be made without special equipment and can be table ready in about 2-1/2 hours. The scones take 10 minutes to mix, 2 hours to chill and about 20 minutes to bake. To simplify breakfast, I usually chill them overnight and bake them just before serving. Austin's Central Market holds a special place in my heart. I love the community in which I live, but no one would ever dub its stores a food lover's paradise. Were it not for small ethnic markets and local farms, shopping in the diaspora would be a ho-hum affair at best. Not so Central Market, and I'm like a kid in a candy store on those occasions when I can shop there. It also holds a bit of my family history. My daughter and I learned to make tamales in a class they taught when she first moved to Austin. I'm still trying to figure out how she became more proficient at their assembly than me. I suspect it's another case of "the queen is dead, long live the queen". For the time being anyway, I still make better scones than she can. Here's my secret recipe. Be forewarned, if you share it with my firstborn I'll have to hurt you.

Blueberry Cream Scones...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Central Market

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided use
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup blueberries
1-1/4 cups heavy cream

Directions:
1) In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking power, and salt. Cut butter into dry ingredients. Stir in blueberries.
2) Add heavy cream and stir by hand just until dough forms. Dough will be soft and sticky. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
3) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
4) Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until dough just holds together. Press dough into a 8 to 9-inch circle, 1-inch thick. Cut into wedges. Place scones on baking sheet and sprinkle scones with reserved sugar.
5) Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees or until scones are a light golden brown on top. Yield: 6 servings.







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89 comments:

Jensmere said...

Bless you, Mary for sharing this recipe! These are very similar to the scones my Mother used to make! Her recipe was one of those treasured family 'scribbles' that I haven't been able to successfully duplicate. I can't wait to give these a try. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture!

Faith said...

OOooooh Central Market...Austin *eyes getting dreamy.* I am a Texas girl by birth and those two things hold a special place in my heart(Not to mention: bluebonnets, Shiner Bock, and Wolf Brand Chili)
Blueberry Cream Scones I am pretty sure would be far up there too. ;)I think these would be perfect for Easter brunch!

Lucie said...

Great post, Mary! I still think my mother's cooking is far superior to mine in all respects, but she might be making sure it stays that way ;) Meanwhile, I have your scone recipe and she doesn't!

Elaine said...

I made scones weekly because my husband loves them so much. His absolute favorite are blueberry scones. I can't wait to make these for him. Thank you, Mary!

Hovkonditorn said...

Ooh, these looks so lovely!

Maria said...

Gorgeous! I adore blueberries, these sound superb!

Priya said...

Scones looks wonderful, would love to have for my breakfast..

Duncan D. Horne said...

This sounds heavenly, as do all of your wonderful recipes. Why don't you do your own TV show?

Duncan In Kuantan

Mildred said...

What a delicious sounding recipe. I would love to have one with coffee this morn!

Suman Singh said...

This just reminded me that its been long since I made scones. I love scone and this sounds totally delicious..great combo!

Ruth said...

Those scones look really lovely!

Alessandra said...

I love the scones, the sound delicious and different from all the scones I see around.

Have a great day

ciao
Alessandra

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love scones Mary! As soon as it's blueberry season I'll be back! And don't worry, your secret's safe with me:@)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love Central Market!

Kay Heritage said...

Oh, Mary! I'd do anything to have a bite of this beautiful scone right now! :)

Debbie said...

Mary, that picture says it all....just a beautiful picture! They look delicious!

elle marie said...

Sorry I can't comment on all your posts, I hope you don't mind me popping in from time to time = )

I really do like having a scone with hot tea, esp with a large dollop of clotted cream, this is just amazing Mary.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Mary. I am still chuckling over the tamale rivalry between you and your daughter! LOL! It is a proud moment when they "outdo" us, which my daughter has in many, many ways (but, we do have to have our secrets! LOL! My lips are sealed about the scones!).

Scones are hands down my choice over coffecake. And, Central Market is better entertainment than most anything that immediately comes to mind. Our nearest one is in Dallas and I have enjoyed these very scones. They are delectable!

blessings ~ tanna

What's next said...

I love Central Market as well and is one of the many treats that Dallas held that I miss since the move to West Texas...
I will be trying these soon!
Thanks

Kim said...

I'm a huge huge fan of scones, espacially, like you, when these are made with cream... With blueberries, it's a perfect match!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Thease scones look really yummy, must make a note of this one. Take care Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Not a word to your first-born will come from my lips! I can guarantee that these scones will be on our table as soon as the berries appear in the markets!!

Best,
Bonnie

Pondside said...

I can't resist scones either. Warm, dripping butter, and accompanied by a big pot of tea.
For years I've been looking for a recipe that replicates a scone I had near Ottawa long ago. The bakery/restaurant is long gone. It was made with brown sugar and some sort of flour that wasn't whole wheat but some sort of graham-tasting flour.
The search goes on.....

Martha said...

Don't you just love making these cream scones -- they are so easy!!! I've just done them plain and with herbs but they are definitely a good recipe. Mine doesn't call for the chilling, however so they can be on the table faster!!!! They're even good left over!

Clint said...

Cindy and I live in Plano, Texas, and we love our central market here, as well. We've been to the cooking classes and also just roamed the store marveling at the selections of EVERYTHING. I think there must be a central market in heaven. If not, I don't wanna go.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

They look fantastic. I am so sad here, having a cup of coffee right now and I have no scones to go with it!

MissCakeBaker said...

The scones sound and look delicious. I like the idea of cooking them as a round rather than individually as is the tradition in the UK. www.whatibakedthisweekend.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

I had a Bluebery Scone and a Latte from Starbucks at 6 am this morning on my way to work...... best part of my day so far! Jennifer

Anna A. said...

These scones with all that cream would make me weak in the knees too!

Three-Cookies said...

This looks similar to the regular 'British' scone recipe except for the magic ingredient - cream instead of milk. I understand why they disappear :)

Angie's Recipes said...

wow Mary, those blueberry scones are making me so HUNGRY! I know I can always count on you when I am in need for some creative and delicious recipes.

Jenn said...

Oooooooohhhh....I do love a good scone..and these look wonderful!!! Maybe it's time I actually tried making some :) Thanks for sharing!

Katerina said...

Beautiful fruity scones!Perfect with a cup of coffee!

Rita said...

You sure know how to come up with beautiful scones; love those blueberries added to the mix.
Rita

Parsley Sage said...

I really miss Central Market. I could lose myself for hours in there. Equally fun is Fiesta Mart. When I lived in Houston I couldn't afford to go to the she-shee supermarkets so I'd go to the much cheaper Fiesta. Best produce I've ever seen in my life. I wonder if they have those in Austin...

Lovely scones! I'm sure if you did a scone-off with your daughter you'd come out ahead on this one :)

brandi said...

we are loving scones lately! these sound great.

Siggy Spice said...

These look simply AMAZING!!! Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!!!

FLORY said...

I love the scones,these looks so lovely!

PeggyR said...

These look heavenly!

A Busy Nest said...

The scones look incredible! I love blueberry scones.

Margarida said...

I loved your recipe, alias already got her point in my notebook to try to do in my house. I think everyone will enjoy it.

Kisses

June said...

You are too funny. I'm with ya' on scones over coffee cake and I love that you can make these the night before and bake 'em for breakfast. They look fabulous and here's another recipe from you on my very long list!

Elin said...

This is a lovely blueberry scone. I would love to try making these scones when I get a tub of fresh blueberries :) Thanks Mary for sharing this lovely scones and I am sure your family must have enjoyed them very much :) Have a nice day Mary,
Elin

SomethingDifferentForDinner said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Very sweet! Glad I found you blog as well! I'm your newest follower! Cheers!
Kelly- Something Different For Dinner

Brandie said...

Mary - thank you so much for stopping by my blog the other day and saying hello. It was so sweet of you to leave a comment!
I do adore scones as well! These look so mouth watering!

www.you-made-that.com said...

Mary, blueberry scones are a weakness of mine, I too can eat the all of the ones I make. I like that this recipe only has 3 T. of butter of course the cream is the indulgence here. I have will have to try this version.

sweetlife said...

LOVE LOVE central market, their weekly classes are wonderful!! the blueberry cream scones look divine! thank you for sharing!!
sweetlife

Claudia said...

I also get weak-kneed when it comes to scones. Scones sold in stores rarely suffice. I just may make these today - and surprise the family. (My mother is often a better cook - but I have my moments).

Beloved Green said...

I'm going to forward this recipe to my coworker who was just asking for some scone recipes. Looks delightful!

Foodness Gracious said...

I am a huge scone fan, especially being raised in Scotland where scones are in abundance, almost hanging from every tree, but since moving to the U.S I have still to find a scone without an acidic type of aftertaste probably from the baking powder. I'm trying these beauties for breakfast this weekend.
Thanks again!

dr.antony said...

Wish I had a bite of it!

That Girl said...

I'm with you all the way on this one. I much prefer scones to coffee cake!

Valene Marie said...

Hi Mary! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog! Your blog looks absolutely delicious :) I am your newest follower!

FOODESSA said...

I too have recipes I hold off only for occasions...because the fear of over-indulging scares those calories right onto my hips ;o)

Those berry scones with the sweet cream look wonderfully tempting ;o)

Have a great week Mary and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Jeannie said...

Oh these looks so lovely, hope I can still get some blueberries to make these:)

cindy said...

Cream scones do make one weak in the knees. I do love blueberries. I made a killer cranberry-orange scone for Christmas.
Have a great day.

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Oh heavens..these look WONDERFUL!

I would love for you to link up to "Made it on Monday"

http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com

Hope to see you there soon.

Joanne said...

So scones are what float your boat, eh? I think my problem is that I haven't had too many good ones...I'm sure these would turn me into an addict though!

Eva said...

Wow, that looks completely wonderful! I love the photos, and blueberries with cream in scone-form is really calling to me!

Ginny said...

I love scones and often wonder why people don't make them more. These look divine!

yummychunklet said...

Interesting. I never chilled my scone dough until I made Dorie Greenspan's almond scones. I'll definitely be trying your version next!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

Beautiful! I want one right now to go with my afternoon coffee! :)

Celia said...

Scones are soooo good! And I love how you styled these, with the berries in the middle!

JG said...

Scones are just the best! I also only bake them on special occasions, but have never made blueberry scones. I will be baking these. Thanks. :)
~Judy

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Central Market sounds like just my kind of place. And I am a lover of scones, as well.

Fondly,
Glenda

Beth Michelle said...

These look amazing! How I wish we had fresh blueberries in Israel!

Gen said...

Hummmm! They look absolutely gorgeous! Blueberry are my favorite^^

Design Wine and Dine said...

I wish I had a Central Market! Your scones are perfect and would hit the spot right about now...thanks for another great post and recipe!!!

Gloria said...

Im absolutely in love of your blueberries scones!!! look georgeous, huggs, gloria

teresa said...

oh my goodness! the name alone has me drooling, and i love those big fat berries. delicious!

A Paix√£o da Isa said...

mas que maravilha que ficou adorei beijinhos e obrigada pela sua vezita no meu blog

Linda said...

I love that these can be prepared the night before. Makes the mornings so much easier! Not to horrify anyone, but I'm tempted to replace the blueberries with mini chocolate chips for my chocolate loving family!

Catherine said...

These look beautiful, Mary! They sound delicious and wonderful...
Blessings, Catherine xoxo

SKIP TO MALOU said...

your pictures sing happiness to me. Im getting myself a cup of coffee right now and imagine that these muffins infront of me right now are scones!

Have a great day Mary!
Malou

muppy said...

i love that it is cut in a round, looks great!

Susan said...

So many beutiful comments, Mary, but I will add mine. THE DOUGH IS RESTING IN THE REFRIGERATOR FOR BREAKFAST TOMORROW!! Can you tell I am excited?

Leontien said...

ok sounds like another thing to try!

Thank you for coming over and your sweet comment!

Thanks
Leontien

Kim said...

Mary- I've never been to Austin, but it always looks like a wonderful place to visit. I have a soft spot for scones too. Like you, I love the ones made with cream and blueberry is a favorite. They are gorgeous!

P.S. My lips are sealed :)

ann@Apples and Twinkies said...

I love blueberry scones and these look wonderful!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Mary! If only we could reach through the screen, but I'm afraid I would have nothing left but crumbs since I'm at the end of the train on this one! GORGEOUS! DELICIOUS!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit said...

I'm saving this recipe. :) As far as the debate of coffee cake vs. scones is concerned, I'm equal opportunity... I love them both!

The Harried Cook said...

What a gorgeous & simple scone recipe! I love a good scone... Thank you so much for sharing :)

Sense of Home said...

The blueberries in your scones look so large and juicy. I too love scones. I make a lemon cranberry scone that I can't leave alone if they are in the house.

-Brenda

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

My lips are sealed... well, that's a lie since I fully intent to eat these the second I can! They look divine!!! So fabulous - thanks, Mary!!

bellini said...

I don't know what it is but I am finding so many recipes on the net to tonight to bookmark. These sound delicious!!!

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said...

blueberries are my favorite fruit! these scones look delicious!

Cooking Creation said...

I have never tasted a scone in my life and have always wanted to find a trusted recipe for it. Now I have one! Thank you for sharing! :)

kellypea said...

Pulling up the "rear" here in the comments section :) Love, love, love scones, and prefer them in a wheel like this to other methods. Have never chilled them before baking though, so interesting. So many different methods out there.

Foodycat said...

I've made scones with sour cream and with buttermilk, but never with sweet cream! They look just wonderful.

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