lavender blueberry scones

pic courtesy of the bride from Instagram

One of my favorite things in the world is sending mail. One of my other favorite things is getting mail. If the postal service ever shuts down, I'll be a sad girl. I believe people think sending mail is hard but it really isn't. It can be as easy as sending a Postagram. I'm not sure anyone actually dislikes receiving mail... but there are certainly times when it can be extra exciting. Birthdays. Valentines Day. Christmas. Those might be my favorite.

Not everything that I make is suitable for the mail... in fact most of it isn't? Can't really put a cup of soup in the mail. If I could figure out a way to send bagel bombs, I would have several friends getting them immediately. But scones are perfect for the mail ... sans glaze of course.

Which leads me to my latest baked good concoction... I have a childhood friend who is getting married in a few short weeks and I wanted to put something in the mail to her and her fiance in NYC. I took a quick poll of my lady friends to see whether a bride would rather have scones or muffins and went from there. Having just come from Maine I had these slightly romantic notions of wild blueberries but that didn't quite work out... Whole Foods Charlestown wasn't on board with my vision. So I stepped up my game with some lavender, who doesn't love lavender? Boys apparently. When I mentioned at work that I had made scones the night before, girls responded with "delicious" and boys responded with "why the lavender?". Silly boys.

By the way, this is what the bride and I looked like a whopping 19 years ago. Scruchis were still cool then and I hadn't yet made the catastrophic decision to get bangs.
So here we have some blueberry lavender scones .... the recipe is nearly identical to all of my other scones but just with some different mixings.

Here we go.

(Step 1) Whisk 3 cups flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter in little chunks to the mixture. I essentially just kept the stand mixer on while I slowly added in the butter in little cubes. Total success.

(Step 2) Add in your blueberries (preferably frozen) and lavender. Give it a little mix to ensure your blueberries are evenly-ish distributed prior to adding the wet ingredients.

(Step 3) Whisk 1 cup buttermilk, zest, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until a dough ball forms. I did switch the attachment on my stand mixer from the whisk to the paddle.
(Step 4) Given my knowledge about scone science, I quite literally dumped the dough from the bowl on a lightly floured board. Then using my hands gently flattened and molded the dough into a rectangle (about 10x6"). You might think you want more flour but you'll be fine.

(Step 5)  Cut the dough any way your heart moves you. I made slightly smaller scones than normal - so I cut the batter into about 10 squares. Since you haven't loaded up on flour, your scones are going to be sticky... don't fret. Grab a metal spatula (I use my fish flipper?) to easily get scones up and on the parchment.

See this moderate chunk of butter just hanging out in this scone? It's going to be amazing and its completely fine that its not all blended together... in fact this is what we want.
(Step 6) Transfer your scones to parchment covered cooking sheets and brush with 2 Tbsp. buttermilk. Sprinkle with sugar if your spirit moves you. The spirit moved me, so I sprinkled. 
(Step 7) Bake until scones are a lovely golden shade.... which is about 25 minutes at 375 F.
Shopping List
3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for surface
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 cup frozen blueberries
1.5 teaspoon dried lavender buds
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 comment

  1. Jen, you are amazing! I love this photo! I think we were pretty rockin' actually — scrunchies and all. I'm glad you posted this recipe because I was just about to ask you for it. These will be re-concoted soon. Can't wait to see you at the wedding! Make sure to bring your scrunchie becasue I'll have mine! Rach

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