Bakery Style Blueberry Scones

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Valentine’s Day is killing me.

Let me rephrase that: Valentine’s Day on Pinterest is killing me.

This year I’m either going to hand-sew and individually stuff a bag full of heart shaped tea bags, or leave hearts made of flour all over the yard that lead into my bouquet of heart shaped cake pops, or die right now just thinking about how bad I am at crafty and cutesy.

I think I’m just more of a sconey girl.

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Scones can be Valentiney, too, right? Because blueberries are definitely romantic, and if there ever was a food that screams LOVE ME, it’s that crunchy sugar on top. I mean, the whole idea is like breakfast in bed but with 87 scones instead of Real Breakfast. Move over, eggs; I’ve always been on the fence with you anyways.

And since these are sort of cutesy (emphasis on the sort of) scones, maybe my scones breakfast in bed can be served on a pink plate and I’ll even throw in a heart-printed paper napkin in there that I think I still have left over from 1999. Dare I even get my hopes up that we possibly have an old cracked Valentine’s day mug for breakfast in bed lattes somewhere in the basement?

Yes, this is coming together well.

Bakery Style Blueberry Scones with that crunchy sugar on the outside! | pinchofyum.com

Since last year, I’ve started doing more and more meal recipes and less and less baking for the blog. Itsa kinda weirda. Because I love baking – if I was left to my own devices I would probably drown myself in a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough. Specifically, THIS chocolate chip cookie dough.

But I had this moment last week where I needed baking. Not wanted. N-e-e-d-e-d. I needed scones baked with fat juicy blueberries, studded with sparkly turbinado sugar and coated with a golden brown exterior and heavenly texture in my mouth. Warm. Dipped in milk. Crumbling between my fingers. Making me feel like it’s okay to wear sweatpants for three more hours.

The moment lasted for a few days, actually, during which time school was canceled so I got myself well-acquainted with the technique of making yummy scones that look like the one they sell at the bakery across the street which is on my mind 23 out of 24 hours of the day and that happens to be located right next to my new gym. WHY DO THEY DO THAT. The cruelty.

Bakery Style Blueberry Scones with that crunchy sugar on the outside! | pinchofyum.com

In the learning process, I found out that it is not even possible to eat overeat scones. Ever. I also found that brushing heavy cream over the tops pre-baking, like I showed you in one of those other pictures, is a MUST DO kinda thing. Thanks to Le Petit Brioche for the life-changing idea. One more thing: to be bakery-esque, you should pull them apart on the baking sheet. I ended up with a few melted-together scone cakes before I realized that truth.

And then, the sugar. But if I talk about that again it might be overkill, and then you wouldn’t want to replace your Valentine’s Day craftings with these. Which would mean no one would send these to me for Valentine’s Day. I’m stopping now.

Scone + coffee + me = ❤.

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Bakery Style Blueberry Scones
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (yes, TABLEspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • ½ cup cold salted butter, cut into very small cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh
  • a few tablespoons of additional heavy cream for brushing the tops
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling the tops
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest in the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a mixing bowl). Add the butter. Mix ingredients with an electric mixer until fine crumbs form.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and heavy cream in a slow stream. Mix until a thick, stiff dough forms. Add the blueberries and mix until the blueberries are just incorporated into the dough. If some of them break, that's okay - you'll get those pretty juice drips down the side.
  3. Flour your hands. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place on a floured work surface. Roll into a rectangle, about 1 inch thick. Cut into 8 triangles; pull the triangles apart from each other and brush with heavy cream. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Sprinkle again with turbinado sugar for extra texture. Enjoy warm; store leftovers in an airtight container for 1-2 days.
Notes
Parchment paper helps prevent burning on the bottom. For lighter scones, be sure to keep the butter as cold as possible throughout the process. Stick the dough in the fridge for a few minutes if it's getting too warm and soft.

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Comments

  1. I am currently drinking coffee right now, and it just got way less magical as it is not accompanied by one of the scones!
    I have actually never attempted at making a scone, but it doesn’t look too hard and these look perfect! Big, juice blueberries and a crunchy sugar topping. I think I <3 you.
    P.s Bakery next to the gym!? OH THE HUMANITY.
    Not fair.

  2. Brushing the heavy cream over the scones is such a great tip! And I totally feel you with the cutesy crafty thing. I’m thinking about just baking a batch of carrot cake or something equally non-pink and calling it a day.

  3. Yum yum yum! These look so beautiful!!! I have never made scones, but have always wanted to….maybe now is the time?! Great idea with the heavy cream!

    Cant wait to enjoy them…..maybe I will make them this afternoon for after my workout!

  4. These are perfectly triangle for an after noon of hating on Valentine’s day convention. nothing gets me more hungry than a good scone served with cream and fig jam; you got your self a individual treat.

    If you like heavy cram , you should try clotted cream next time. It is really something special.

  5. Lindsey Farley says:

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to try them. Would it be ok to substitute normal sugar for the topping, or would that mess up the crunchy delicious consistency?

  6. Valentine’s Day is killing me too! I mean, I thought I was all good by making heart shaped frosted cookies, right? Noooo way. Turns out I have to cut everything into hearts and serve it while twisting my body into a heart, right? I’ll take these scones, pleaseandthankyou.

  7. I am a scone FREAK! These look fabulous!

  8. YES. SCONES. I haven’t made scones in so long. Thanks for reminding me how awesome they are!

  9. Awww. I love scones! And any kind of baked good with coffee IN BED is a fabulous lovey dovey treat in my book. Now – if I could just teach my husband to make scones. . . . ;)

  10. I love a good scone, and when I picture my idea of a perfect one it looks like this! Awesome recipe!

  11. I will take scones over artsy stuff for Valentines, actually any day. Turbinado sugar on top makes it look even more delicious.

  12. These are totally bakery style with the beautiful blueberries and sugar on top!

  13. These scones are killing me! I am in India right now for sometime and got no oven!! You killing me lol

  14. Ahh I love me a good authentic scone, perfect with a cup of tea. Yours look so professional and fabulous, just like a bakery!

  15. They should move the bakery inside the gym. You’ll eat a couple of scones and then burn them right away…but now that I’m thinking about it…working out on a full stomach? Not so much of a good idea.
    OK then, let’s skip the gym and just eat scones ;)

  16. Love scones. Next time I will brush cream on top, thanks for the idea!

  17. You know, I’ve never made scones but yours look outrageously tempting. I will be making these Saturday morning!

  18. totally with you on the whole valentine’s thing and the whole lack of craft skills thing! =/ these scones look amazing tho!!!

  19. These look so cute Lindsay! Definitely worthy of Valentine’s Day! I’d choose these over perfect heart shaped confections any time!

    Because – you know – I bravely tried to make cute and perfect red velvet truffles a few days ago and in the end just had to accept the fact that cutesy and crafty just isn’t my thing either… ;)

    Let’s start a club!

  20. They look sooo good! Well done girl!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  21. YES!!! I agree, here’s to proper delicious home baking as opposed to over the top cutesy Valentine bleugh!!
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

  22. “Scone + coffee + me = ❤”

    …me too!!!

    There are so many different styles and types of scones. These look like my absolute favorite. And perfectly styled/photographed as always.

  23. I recently made oatmeal scones and have since been thinking, why don’t I make scones more often? SO good!

  24. I absolutely love scones, I definitely wouldn’t mind having one of yours with a big cup of coffee! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  25. I love scones but tend to stick to old faithful original. We have, however, just picked over a kilo of fresh blueberries that would be fabulous in these!

  26. Blueberries are totally romantic! Especially when baked into a delicious scone. These look perfect!!! I would definitley like a big plate for Valentine’s day. Or any day.

  27. Jamie Ross says:

    Linds, these look and sound delish!! I’m going to make these for V-day in honor of you :)! And I totally smiled through this post. You are adorable!

  28. Haha! These are the PERFECT replacement for Vday craftiness :) Love these Lindsay!

  29. Love that last photo of the scones piled up on the plate. Too bad I can’t reach out and grab one. These are gorgeous!

  30. These look delicious! You can’t beat a good scone. I think I will try these this weekend.

  31. Seriously Lindsay – these look better than the ones in the bakery! Aaaannndd – I know they will taste better because these are homemade! Full of yummy fresh ingredients!! I {heart} scones, too – and they make me oh-so-happy all the time! :)

  32. New reader here and I just had to say AMEN to everything you said – about cutesy Vday treats, about baking for meals and not for the blog… I mean, you can only scarf down so many red velvet cake balls but scones?? Forgetaboutit! ;)

  33. I’ve sort of just discovered blueberries, in the baking sense, so these would be right up my street for Valentine’s day, rather than the carpet of paper hearts etc!
    Interesting that you’ve been doing more cooking than baking … I thought this would be the case for me, but I’ve been the other way round!

  34. I’ve been on the look-out for a great scone recipe. I tried a couple and they always were just meh… your’s look so plump and that crunchy sugar coating is where it’s at! Love the idea of brushing the tops with heavy cream. Going to try this for sure!

  35. Great tips and beautiful pics. Thanks!

  36. Anita in Cinci says:

    These look good, but I really don’t care for blue berries. Can I substitute another
    fruit? Say, cherries or cranberries?

  37. I feel a little silly because no one else has asked already, but what is turbinado sugar and can I buy it at any regular grocery store?

    Also, say I were to make these for V-Day, would they still be considered scones if I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter? I cook all the time, but am clearly not up to snuff on my baking etiquette :)

    • The brand I usually see is called Sugar in the Raw and it’s those big, crunchy crystals that are not fine like regular sugar but stick to the top to make that pretty sparkly look. I found the sugar at my regular grocery store! And yes, definitely still scones if they’re heart shaped. :) Cute idea!

  38. These scones look great. I’m totally over Vday on Pinterest too. Blueberries are my absolute fave, so this recipe is getting pinned- move over heart candies!

  39. Scones are such a great little morning breakfast treat that is perfect with a mug of tea (or coffee.) It will make you feel as if you are in England!

  40. Guilty as charged re: making RED VELVET EVERYTHING. Well, two things.

    But my weekend will not be complete if it doesn’t have these scones in them! Especially if I eat them in bed.

  41. These look like the PERFECT way to spend Valentine’s Day! If, umm, we actually ever celebrated on February 14th… Last year, we went out to dinner the night before (we beat all the crowds!), and this year, we’re celebrating tomorrow with tickets to a hockey game. We’re strange, but it works! Anyway. Valentine’s Day is all about love, which doesn’t have to be cutesy red-and-pink napkins, dishtowels, aprons, or spatulas. Your gorgeously golden scones look like they’re full of it!

  42. Lindsey,

    I made these this weekend and they were the best scones that I have ever had! They turned out to look just like your photos…but I did cheat on one thing. lol
    My husband got a baking pan just for scones this Xmas so I tryed it out. It was Fabulous! Now our kids will be making them too..I sent them your link so that I know that they will be eating well if they follow you @pinchofyum.
    Deborah

  43. They look so delicious! I’ve just added them to my “to do” list :) Thanks for sharing!

  44. Yum! Making these today!! Is there a difference between heavy cream and extra heavy cream??

    Love your recipes
    xo

  45. These look absolutely scrumptious! I am making them for my husband’s birthday tomorrow!
    I was wondering if I can make the dough this evening and bake them in the morning?
    I LOVE your blog and recipes!!

  46. I think scones are the perfect way to send some Valentine’s day love! To heck with the littering of the neighbour’s lawn! Pinterest can be so overwhelming sometimes.

  47. Your blueberry scones look beautiful and absolutely delicious!

  48. Would love these scones for breakfast pleeeease!

  49. Hi Lindsay!

    I just came over after Olena at iFoodReal suggested it to me (@freshfitnhealthy from IG)! Great minds think alike as I made some blueberry scones a while back too! Your blog is amazing, I really am inspired to grow mine up to this par so that I can do what I love as my career. That is awesome that you’re able to work alongside your husband in this :)

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy

  50. Being sconey rocks! Making scones on a random afternoon is one of my therapies of choice. I can never tire of it. Valentine’s is one of my most dreaded holidays, so much pressure going on. These are gorgeous blueberry scones Lindsay! And a fresh change from muffins.

  51. I followed this recipe three times. The first time my scones came out perfect and delicious!! The second and third times they were still delicious, but my scones spread out quite a bit in the oven. I mean they didn’t really keep their shape, and the consistency was more cake-like than scone-like. They’re still delicious, but do you have any tips for me? I can’t seem to figure out what I did wrong the second and third times.

    • It’s really hard to say without knowing what you did differently. Can you think of anything you might have done differently in terms of mixing, or temperature of ingredients? Did the dough feel the same every time?

  52. Scones are my favorite and I don’t make them nearly enough. These are exactly like the ones from our local bakery. Beautiful.

  53. A bakery? I can beat that – the gym I belonged to was next to the BEST local pizza place. When the gym moved 2 blocks away it was next to a Domino’s! Not fair!

    I need to try these scones and see how they compare to the scones my mom and I had on our trips to Scotland. Every afternoon it was tea and scones. We have a rainy day coming soon so I think these need to get made along with a pot of good Scottish tea.

  54. I made a riff of these scones with blood orange and dark chocolate. They were so good and the combination of chocolate and orange can’t be beat!
    Check them out! http://happyfoodhappyhome.blogspot.com/2014/03/blood-orange-and-dark-chocolate-scones.html

  55. Erin Kress says:

    Hi Lindsay,
    Just made these as a feel better/make you smile for my sister who had surgery yesterday… Sampled a piece… More than a ‘pinch of yum’!!! I may have done something wrong, because the recipe made way more than 8…but I’m not complaining! :) Get to keep some! :) Been wanting to make these since Valentine’s Day :) Thank You!!! ~Erin

  56. Just made these and they are ah-mazing!! Now I’m staring at the other 7 and dinner is in an hour. Scones for dinner, perhaps??

  57. I made these this morning ad I am enjoying them right now. I have one word for these… DELISH!!! Great recipe.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  58. These scones turned out absolutely amazing Lindsay! Incredibly light and flaky and jam-packed with juicy blueberries. My family gobbled them up! :)

  59. Patty in SC says:

    These were great. I used lemon zest instead of orange. Ended up cooking about 25 minutes and the bottoms were not quite brown enough, will cook on a lower rack next time….oh yeah, there WILL be a next time!! I suggest spreading these out on your baking sheet as much as possible, they spread quite a bit.

    • Interesting Patty! I had the opposite problem with the bottoms browning (I had to re-try a few times so they weren’t over-brown). Thanks for the tips!

  60. Camille says:

    I made these this afternoon and they were really good!! My grandma thought they were store-bought :) Will definitely make these again! Thanks for the great recipe!

  61. Really really good and so easy. I had a lot of fun making these.

  62. Hello Kitty. Cloying. Reading some blog entries here, the style is so Splenda…so saccharine, but it obviously works for your readership. Congratulations on your success..seriously. But it is waay too girly for my tastes.

    This recipe is perfectly fine, by the way.

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