Recipe: Miniature Vanilla Scones

These scones are sweet but not cloyingly. They are dainty without being too “cutesy”. Perfect for a shower, served with coffee or tea, they are light, delicious and very easy to make.

Ingredients:

Scones:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar, or vanilla sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Scrapings from a ½″ piece of vanilla

Strawberry Butter:

  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Directions:

Scones:

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Rub the cold butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, egg yolk, vanilla bean scrapings, and vanilla extract until blended. Add to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  3. Carefully and without too much handling, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Cut into heart shapes with a small, 1 ½” cookie cutter. Place each scone on a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Allow to stand about 20 minutes before baking (preheat oven to 400˚F at this point).
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Strawberry Butter:
Mix ingredients in a mix-master or food processor until smooth. Refrigerate; makes about 2 cups.

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