Thursday 9 July 2015

Raspberry Almond Scones

Scones are good, and these are awesome: almond raspberry scones. What's even better is that my local corner shop stocks packs of frozen raspberries in their small freezer section, meaning it is relatively easy to keep them in stock.

These photos have been sitting in my account for well over a month, so I suppose it is time I posted them. It is a fairly simple recipe. First go in flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt:

Then a pastry blender (or two knives) are used to cut the butter into the flour.

Then in goes milk or cream plus a few drops of almond extract

Then almonds

And lastly you mix in the berries.

The freezing berries make the dough go funny, and everything sticks to your hands as you form the dough in a big, weepy pink ball, but it's worth it. I just plop the ball on a floured baking sheet.

Then cut it up

Then separate the pieces so that they may grow and develop as independent scones.

Then bake them, ideally turning them through the baking so that they cook more evenly than this.

I think these ones went back in for a spell.

Then a simple glaze of icing sugar, almond extract, and milk goes on top via a handy dandy freezer bag with the tip cut off.

With the added almonds, now they are posh enough for Fancy Nancy.

I just love being fancy.

Here is the recipe, copied and pasted (or you could visit here), obviously from someone sponsored by Land O Lakes butter: 

Raspberry Almond Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-18 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Raspberry Almond Scones are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or tea time! Don't skip the almond glaze, it is heavenly!


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted Land O Lakes® Butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 cup heavy cream, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raspberries
For the Almond Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
4-5 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup sliced almonds, for garnish
Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil, for serving, if desired


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Quickly cut in the butter, using your hands, two knives, or a pastry blender. Mix until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a feel larger butter lumps. Pour 1 cup of heavy cream and almond extract over the ingredients and stir with a spatula until dough begins to form. Don't over mix. Gently fold in sliced almonds and raspberries. The raspberries will get a little smashed, but that is ok. The scones will still be pretty:)
3. Transfer dough to a floured countertop and knead dough by hand just until it forms a ball. Form scones by patting the dough into a 3/4-inch thick circle. Cut the scones into even triangles. We got 8 scones.
4. Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush scones lightly with the additional heavy cream. Bake scones for 15-18 minutes, or until scones are light brown. Cool scones on a wire cooling rack.
5. While the scones are cooling, make the almond glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, heavy cream or milk, and almond extract. Whisk until you reach desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over the scones. Top with additional sliced almonds. Serve!
Scones will keep in an air-tight container for up to 2-3 days, but they really are best eaten the day they are made.

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