Just blueberries in a basic scone base, supported by our good friends maple syrup, nutmeg, and vanilla. Cushioned in buttery, flaky dough, they burst and ooze purple juice in a hot oven.
I made these scones this morning, and we ate them an hour later. While I'm not as practiced at scone methodology and measurement as I am with cookies (I've got the formula down pat!), they're still pretty easy, and I'm gradually getting into it.
To summarize, though, here's how scones go:
mix together dry ingredients
"cut in" cold butter, cubed (cut the stick in half lengthwise both ways, like you're julienning it, then cut cubes crosswise)
mix together wet ingredients
add to dry ingredients and hope that catastrophic happens while you try to mix as little as possible to avoid errant gluten developement but get everything evenly mixed
pat into a round of dough on a floured surface
cut with rounds, squares, a knife, whatever floats your summery sailboat
bake for 15-20 minutes, ish
Okay, that gluten part is perhaps a bit more dramatic then it really is...'cause I swear these are easy! In fact, I made pie crust for handpies with a friend a few weeks back, and was totally surprised at how easy it is to work in butter by hand, and mix a dough without "overmixing" – that feared, never-forgiven sin of pie crust and other buttery doughs.
I've discovered you can knead the dough a bit by folding it and pressing down on itself is a really good way to simultaneously make lovely flakes of butter, keep the dough delicate and lightly mixed, and work in the last bits of flour which invariably hang out at the bottom of the bowl.
So, after that complicated diatribe on my fear of overmixing...the point is that yes, you can make scones by hand, in a mixing bowl, without a pastry cutter or food processor, and they will be tender and flakey and delicious! Rubbing butter between your fingertips is possibly the most therapeutic of kitchen activities (unless you're angry, in which case you might want to go with spatchcocking a chicken or kneading pizza dough by hand).
Without further ado...
Yield: 15, 2 inch round scones