I have always wanted to make scones.  It is possible I am just caught up in a romantic English countryside fantasy, including the accent and frilly apron.  But for whatever reason, I decided to give it a whirl.  They came out great (even on my first try) and my scone eating son declared them delicious.  Here is the recipe for an almond version, icing optional but I really like them with icing!

Almond Scones Recipealmond-scones3-a

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In large bowl  mix together:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Cut in to flour mixture with pastry blender or knife:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold butter – cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup almond paste – broken into pieces

Add to mixture:

  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk (with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to it)

Stir mixture gently until flour is mixed in.  Place dough on floured surface and pat into a square about ½ thick (or as thick as you like). Using a sharp knife cut into squares.  Try to handle as little as possible.

Place squares on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake for 5 minutes then turn tray and bake for another 5 minutes.  Scones will be golden brown on the bottom and soft on top.  Remove from oven.  Let them set for a few minutes and then spread icing over the top.  Let them finish cooling. Place in sealed container.

Scone icing or glazealmond-scones2-a

  • I cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp cream or milk

Mix the above ingredients together to form the consistency you want.  I like to make it slightly runny – it’s easier to spread. You can adjust the consistency buy adding more cream or more powdered sugar.