Scones and biscuits are seriously one of my weaknesses. Fresh from the oven, I find them to be crazy-irresistable. I know that a biscuit is somehow not the same thing as a scone (if you have an explanation, I’d love to know!), and vice versa, but they must be cousins or something because either one hits the carb-spot every time.
These particular scones don’t contain any egg in the dough, but they do contain a good dose of cream along with a bit of butter. The cream makes for an ultra-tender, dream of a scone. I’ve added a bit of almond extract to the dough, as well as a sprinkling of almonds across the tops for some texture and crunch. The blueberries are there because I like almond and berries together and, because I cannot get enough berries these days. Each bite of these dreamy beauties contains the scent of sweet almond, a little nutty crunch, and a burst of juicy berries. These scones are pretty amazing on their own though, a smear of butter and blueberry jam doesn’t hurt a thing.
Blueberry Almond Cream Scones
Adapted from this recipe.
Makes 12 scones.
I baked these in muffin cups, scooping the batter instead of patting it into a round and cutting out. I saw scones done this way on Donna Hay and I thought they were pretty dang cute. Frozen blueberries hold up better when mixing this dough, but if you don’t mind some blueberry streaks, go ahead and use fresh.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
for the tops:
1 tablespoon cream
sliced almonds and sugar
Preheat the oven to 425˚F and place paper cupcake liners in 12-cup muffin tin.
In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, pinch in the butter until there are bits of butter throughout and the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Toss in the blueberries and coat with the dry mixture. Pour in the cream and almond extract and gently fold to create a dough–the dough will be a bit wet, but not as wet as a muffin batter. Don’t over mix, it’s better to err on the side of under mixed with some dry bits throughout. Divide the dough between the 12 muffins cups using a levered scoop, about 2 scoops per cup
Whisk the egg with the 1 tablespoon of cream. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg-cream mixture, sprinkle with almonds and sugar. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes or until the tops of the scones are just golden. Remove from the oven and (try to) cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
My understanding of scone v. biscuit was that scones have eggs and biscuits don’t–but it’s entirely possible that that’s not true and I just swallowed it because it was easy enough to remember. At the end of the day, does anybody care? A carb by any other name, right?
Beautiful styling, also! I can practically smell these.
That’s what I thought too, until I started making these and they don’t have an egg…conundrum! Anyway, who cares cause CARBS. Thanks, girl!
sue/the view from great island
Blueberry and almond are made for each other, and I love the idea of baking scones in muffin cups, I’m guessing they might stay moister that way, and I hate a dry scone 🙂
I actually do think they retain a bit more moisture. Thanks, Sue!
Katrina @ WVS
Holy heck!! These look so good!
Yes! Thanks, Katrina!
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
I have always just called the savory ones biscuits and the sweet ones scones, but I’m sure there’s a much more correct explanation! In any case, these look utterly wonderful. I love almonds and blueberries together – they are just the perfect combination.
Thanks, girl!! I have no idea, but I’ll take that explanation 🙂
Averie @ Averie Cooks
I want to wake up to THIS for breakfast! 🙂 pinned
I bet you could even freeze the unbaked scones and pop them in a hot oven for a warm breakfast treat! Thanks, Averie!!
Good Lord! I have a thang for biscuits.. you know this.. I’m all over these.. I love cream biscuits and scones so I know these are the bomb.com..
and for the longest I thought the word scone was just what fancy folks called biscuits.
It’s confusing! But, whatevs, cause carbs! and, true fact…Utah people call fry-bread scones…that’s truly confusing.
Mariana @The Candid Kitchen
I love that you made them look like muffins! Is that clotted cream next to it? My scones need to always be accompanied by clotted cream. Because carbs.
it’s butter, but I wish I could easily find clotted cream here! I would have scones everyday!
Amy | Club Narwhal
Cindy, I am also a total sucker for biscuits/scones/muffins (basically any buttery baked good 🙂 straight from the oven. Love those juicy bursts of blueberries tucked into these lovelies!
I definitely agree. Thanks, Amy!
Sarah | The Sugar Hit
Blueberry scones/biscuits (who cares?) are my all time favourite. When the blueberries soften and turn into barely contained rivers of squidgy blueberry jam? That’s the money shot. These are my dream.
YES! totally the money bits!
I am honestly not a huge scone person, but blueberry anything gets me every single time. These are gorgeous!!
Thanks, Tieghan! I really became a scone convert after having cream scones 🙂
Wow these scones look like muffins! I tried one batch of scones long time back but they didn’t came out good. Going to try these soon!
I hope you try them out!
Karen @ The Food Charlatan
Those looks so big and crunchy and over the top! When I first looked at the picture though what struck me was your beautiful butter ball. I didn’t even know that could be beautiful but somehow yours is! PS love the liners 🙂 So spring!
Thanks! I just used a mini cookie scoop to make the butter ball 🙂
ashley - baker by nature
These are so beautiful! Totally want a pan in the oven right now!
could you use half n half instead of heavy cream??
I can’t really say since I never have, but you could try it.
First off. I adore scones. My favourite thing to have with a cup of coffee or tea :)! These are so cute and look so delicious I’ll be trying them out in their little muffinny cups soon!
The difference between a scone and a biscuit…the real truth? The difference is the origin. Scones originated from Scotland, and biscuits to have with meals in America. Generally speaking scones do have an egg somewhere in there..if not..then you have simply just spruced up a biscuit! Many times scones have an eggwash …that’s all. Which you have incorporated!
I’ll stop now…thanks for the delicious recipe!
These look unreal!!!
I baked these over Easter, they were a hit! So good!
I am so happy to hear that, Marcella! Thanks!!