Personally, scones have been fail proof for me. It is the most confident I am in the baking field, so if I can do this, ANYONE can. I've been really enjoying the "cooking/baking with tea" trend and I knew an Earl Grey Scone was going to be my first swing at it. What better tea to use than our #1 seller, Cream Earl Grey!? If you have not tried this tea of ours yet, I strongly suggest. Now, full disclaimer, there will be SOME bigger bits of tea leaves in your scones. You can absolutely grind them finer but I used a mortar and pestle to maintain the integrity of the sugar and tea. I'm all for suggestions, also it's your kitchen so do as you please. Off we go to scones!
Makes 6-8 scones
- 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for working the dough
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp orange OR lemon zest
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbs Cream Earl Grey (1 1/2 tbs will be mixed into the sugar, 1/2 tbs will be steeped and cooled, then poured into the Greek Yogurt
- 12 tbsp butter chilled (frozen is best) and grated (or chopped...honestly I chop my butter and it works just fine but grate away if you please)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
From the Pantry:
How To Make:
In a large mixing bowl, mix all of your dried ingredients EXCEPT sugar, zest, and tea
Steep 1/2 tbs of tea for 4 minutes, then set aside to cool
In a mortar and pestle, add sugar and 1 1/2 tbs of Cream Earl Grey and mix (pound) until the tea is broken apart and is a fine texture (if you don’t have a mortar and pestle, pulse in a coffee grinder, but be careful because I might blend it too fine)
Zest your lemon or orange, mix into the sugar & tea mixture. This was my favorite part because it smelt SO AMAZING. Someone send me a citrus and bergamot candle
Add sugar mixture into the dry ingredients you have already combined
Mix yogurt, egg, extract, and tea until combined and smooth
Next grate or chop your cold butter finely and use your hands or pastry cutter to mix into your dry ingredients until mixture is like little pebbles. I use pastry cutter first and foremost, then I just right in there with my hands
Add the bowl of wet ingredients and mix with your hands. I think it's important in baking to feel the dough, it's always helped me feel when thing's are mixed properly. It’s going to be messy regardless so just give it a go!
*You don’t want to over mix otherwise the scones won’t be as fluffy*
Place dough on a floured surface, form into a circle (that’s my preference) and cut into 8 equal parts
Bake until top & bottom are golden brown. Everyone’s oven is different so roughly 11-14 minutes? Who knows what your oven does but mine sat pretty at 14 minutes
Let them cool on the pan to continue cooking. This will keep the bottom of the scone nice and crunchy.
EAT THEM WARM BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST
If you want a glaze on top…go ahead. These were sweet enough without and certainly should be served with whatever tea you see fit. Too crazy to pair it with a hot cup of Cream Earl Grey? or not crazy enough...
Until next time, loves. Have someone do your dishes for you