Blueberry Scones

These tender scones feature fresh blueberries, which leak rivulets of purple-blue juice into the dough around them as they bake, making for an especially enticing presentation. Use wild (low-bush) blueberries if you can find them; they're much smaller than cultivated (high-bush) blueberries, and distribute themselves more readily throughout the scone dough.

Prep
20 mins
Bake
20 to 24 mins
Total
44 mins
Yield
12 scones
Blueberry Scones

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment.

  2. Whisk the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the butter and work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; use your fingers, a pastry blender, or an electric mixer. Gently mix the blueberries with the dry ingredients.

  3. Stir together the eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, lemon zest or oil, and almond extract. Add to the dry ingredients and stir very gently, just until combined. The dough will be quite moist, like cookie dough.

  4. Use a muffin scoop, jumbo cookie scoop, or 1/4-cup measure to scoop the dough onto the prepared sheet in scant 1/4-cupfuls, leaving about 2" between each.

  5. Brush each ball of dough with a bit of milk or cream, and sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar.

  6. Bake the scones for 20 to 24 minutes, or until lightly browned and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into a scone comes out dry. Remove from the oven, and serve warm. To reheat, wrap loosely in aluminum foil, and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.

  7. Store scones, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.