I love these homemade almond scones. The triple-whammy flavor hit is almonds.
Toasted ground almonds, pure almond extract and sliced almonds on top. Serve with lots of butter. Double the recipe if you wish.
This recipe is from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook: Baking from My Home to Yours.
HOMEMADE ALMOND SCONE RECIPE
1 cup blanched almonds, (whole, slivered or sliced), toasted
1/3 cup cold heavy cream
1/4 cup cold whole milk
1/8 tsp pure almond extract
1-3/4 cups flour
2 TBS white sugar
1 TBS baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 TBS homemade unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled
1/4 cup sliced almonds, garnish (optional)
PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Divide the toasted almonds in half. Finely grind 1/2 cup in a blender or food processor with the sugar, taking care not to over blend and end up with almond butter. Finely chop the other 1/2 cup of almonds.
Stir the egg, cream, milk and almond extract together. Whisk the flour, ground almonds with sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Drop in the butter and using your fingers, toss to coat the pieces of butter with flour.
Quickly, using your fingertips, or a pastry blender, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is pebbly. You will have pea size pieces and everything in between - and that’s just right.
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a fork just until the dough, which will be wet and sticky, comes together. Don’t overdo it. Stir in the chopped almonds.
Still in the bowl, gently knead the dough by hand, or turn it with a rubber spatula 8 to 10 times. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough.
Divide it in half. Working with one piece at a time, pat the dough into a rough circle that’s about 5” in diameter. Now cut it into 6 wedges and carefully place them on the baking sheet.
Top with sliced almonds if you are using them. At this point, the scones can be frozen on the baking sheet and then wrapped airtight. Don’t defrost before baking - just add two more minutes to the baking time.
Bake the almond scones for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the tops
are golden and firm-ish feeling. Transfer to a rack and cool for 10
minutes before serving, or wait for them to cool to room temperature.