I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and decided to challenge myself. I’ve had scones at Starbucks before but never attempted to make them myself. It turns out that my husband loves scones, which neither of us would’ve guessed before now. This is one of the few things I’ve made that he ate til they were gone, so they are definitely a keeper.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup white chocolate chips/chunks
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries; frozen won’t leak as much into the batter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (you may need 1-2 tablespoons more depending on how the dough comes together)
- additional white sugar for sprinkling on top of the scones
- 2-3 oz additional white chocolate melted, optional
Preheat your oven to 400° and line a baking tray with a baking mat or parchment paper. Place flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cubes of butter into a large bowl and rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until you have a coarse breadcrumb texture. Some pea sized lumps of butter is fine. (I was using frozen butter so I grated mine with a cheese grater.) Add the white chocolate chips and cranberries and stir very briefly to evenly distribute. Place the eggs and 1/2 cup heavy cream into a bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Add the egg mixture into your flour mix and stir gently, until a soft, crumbly dough forms. You want it to hold if you press the dough together, but not be sticky and wet. If the mixture is still too crumble, add in the extra cream, 1 tablespoon at a time. (I live at altitude and added 2 tablespoons and probably could’ve added one more.) Tip the dough onto your prepared baking tray and press into a large disc, around half an inch thick. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the disc of dough into 6-8 wedges. At this stage you can leave the scones cut but together, or use a spatula to spread the scones around the baking tray with a 2 inch gap in between each one. Sprinkle some white sugar onto the top of each scones and then place in the oven for 13-17 minutes. (I left mine in a round for about 14 minutes because my mixture was pretty crumbly, then I separated them and baked for about 5 more minutes. You’ll know they are done when they are risen, golden around the edges and sound light when you tap on the top.