Blueberry buttermilk scones chocked full of plump blueberries, inspired by those you would find in the bakery case at your local Starbucks store!
BLUEBERRY BUTTERMILK SCONES
There in nothing more quintessentially England than High Tea. The British love their tea. Whenever I serve tea at my house, or host a brunch or breakfast, I love to have scones on the menu.
If you haven’t had a scone before, it’s a bit different. It’s not a biscuit, but it’s not a muffin. It’s a lovely buttery, crisp, flavored sweet bread in a smaller roll size.
My favorite is blueberry. I modeled this recipe off of Starbucks in house version which features lemon and blueberries and a crunchy sugary topping. Scones should not require too much work, but some recipes are more complex than others.
I tried my best to bring you a fast, easy way to make your own scones. They are a perfect blueberry dessert, a great treat for friends, a wonderful snack to accompany your mid morning coffee, or like I show you here— perfect for a Downton Abbey inspired High Tea.
In case your watching what you eat, or want to round out a brunch menu, I recommend my these healthy banana oatmeal muffins!
Twinings Tea is easy to come by in England and in North America
The butter gives the scone it’s nice yellowy color.
Fresh plump blueberries mix in the dough to provide a burst of flavor in the slightly sweet dough.
I really hadn’t ate any off of this one. Scones are a bit dry, so they crumble easy. The trick is to not work the dough too much.
The tablecloth I’ve had for years, the ironstone plates and blue tea cups were found at different thrift stores, and the sugar, milk and tea holder were found at TJ Maxx.
The larger crystalized sugar provides a nice crunchy top and a pretty presentation.
This post is part of an online Blog Hop to celebrate the new season of Downton Abbey.
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Do you think the Dowager Countess would approve of my tea party?
Downton Abbey inspired tea party—in shades of blue.
Who wouldn’t love to find a plate of these next to their morning drink?!
So let’s get started!
Blueberry Buttermilk Scone Recipe
Blueberry Buttermilk Scone Recipe
- 3 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter in-between room temperature and refrigerator temperature, still a bit of firmness, not too mushy
- 1 cup buttermilk
- the juice of ½ lemon
- the rind of 1 lemon finely zested
- ½ pint blueberries
- crystalized sugar course sugar, or table sugar
- PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees (F).
- In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
- With a pastry cutter (or a fork, or 2 knives), cut in the butter. You don’t want it to be completely blended in, you want to leave some bits of butter. I like to get mine about pea size, maybe slightly bigger.
- The butter just starting to be mixed. You should end up with a nice even mixture that is crumbly like a streusel topping.
- Mix together the lemon juice, zest, and buttermilk. Slowly pour in and begin to incorporate. Make sure you get the flour stuck at the bottom! Once it is about to come together, add in the blueberries. Combine them, but don’t over work the dough. I sometimes ditch my spoon and use my hands for the last bit.
- You can see that it is still quite crumbly, and that is good!
- With your hands, grab a small handful and shape into a round shape, like the shape and size of a biscuit. Place on a greased cookie sheet, evenly spaced apart.
- Once on the baking sheet, brush tops with cream or milk (whatever you have on hand), and top with crystalized sugar. You can also use regular sugar, but I love the sparkle the big course sugar gives. This makes a nice crunchy top. Don’t mind the milk that spills onto the sheet, it crystalizes and adds to the flavor!
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on them, you don’t want them too browned. Be sure to check the bottoms to make sure you aren’t burning them.
- Allow to cool about 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!
Will you be watching the premiere? Wouldn’t this be a great snack to serve while watching? In case you are fans of Downton Abbey, you might enjoy this post. It suggests 5 other shows you might be interested in watching when Downton Abbey is either on break (or you are waiting the 6 lonely days in between new episodes.
5 Shows to watch when you need a Downton Abbey Fix
Now on to the fun part! You will love all these Downton inspired blog posts! Enjoy!
Special thanks to Amy from Atta Girl Says for organizing all of this!
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