Blueberry Streusel Scones

Today I felt like making scones for breakfast. I originally thought I’d make chocolate chunk scones, but when I went to the Joy of Baking website and browsed the scone recipes, I found a recipe for Blueberry Streusel Scones. I had thought I’d already made all of the different scone recipes on that website that I was going to, but apparently I missed this one at some point. I happened to have blueberries in the fridge, so I decided that chocolate chunk scones would have to wait.

If you’ve followed this blog, you’ll know that I’ve made lots of scones recipes – I believe this one will be the 11th recipe I’ve blogged about. I find Joy of Baking to be a pretty reliable website for scones (with a few exceptions that I’ve blogged about). This recipe followed a usual mixing method. I made the streusel (brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and margarine) first. Next, you whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt). Cut in butter/margarine with a pastry cutter, and then stir in the blueberries. Combine milk, egg, and vanilla separately, and add to flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Next, turn out the sticky dough onto a floured surface and knead it gently 4-5 times; I generally just fold the dough in half a few times to accomplish this. Cut into 8 wedges and separate them on a baking sheet. Brush with milk, then top with streusel. Bake for 18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Blueberry Streusel Scones, flat because I forgot to add baking powder

I wondered how these would turn out because until I began writing this post, I really thought the recipe didn’t call for any leavening agents. I really don’t know how I missed that the recipe called for baking powder. I knew the scones might be flat since I didn’t add the baking powder, but when I pulled the scones out of the oven to test them with a toothpick, I was surprised at how unattractive the scones were (as far as scones go). I’ve made much prettier scones. The toothpick came out clean at 18 minutes, but without the baking powder, the scones were very dense.

My unleavened scones had a texture like a moist shortbread. Even though they didn’t have the usual texture of scones, they were still delicious. The scones had the classic combination of blueberry and cinnamon. The scone was sweet, with the simple flavor of vanilla. Even though I omitted leavening, I’m not disappointed with them. I’ll try them again sometime.

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