Vanilla Scones

February 28, 2010

1 Cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 Cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 Cup Oats

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Tbsp baking powder

1/2 cup vanilla sugar* (see note)

1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

4 tbsp chilled butter

3/4  cup heavy cream plus more if needed

Combine dry ingredients, cut in butter.  Add 3/4 cup of cream and mix in bowl with wooden spoon, (could also use a food processor).  Add more cream by the tbsp as needed to achieve proper consistency, batter will be dryer than some scones.  Turn out onto a lightly floured counter, knead a few times and pat into a 6 inch round circle.  Cut into 6-8 triangles and bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

*Vanilla sugar is easy to make if you have vanilla pods on hand.  Last year I purchased 30 organic vanilla beans for less than $15 on ebay.  I made vanilla extract among other things.  As I would use a bean in recipes I would save the pod.  Once I had a few I threw them into the food processor with a couple cups of sugar and processed it until it was fragrant fine mess.  Then I sifted it (there were still some bigger pieces of pod remaining) and stored it in an airtight container.  The sugar seems to be more vanilla-y than extract.

*Chia seeds are my new favorite thing to throw in scones.   Think of them as flax seeds on steroids.  With an appearance and texture similar to poppy seeds they add a nice crunch to any scone.  I found mine at Whole Foods in the supplement section.


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