Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Buttermilk Scones

March 4, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in biscuits/scones, breakfast things, BWJ, groups, tuesdays with dorie | 18 Comments
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buttermilk scones

In order for me to get most breakfast pastries on the table for anything even resembling acceptable breakfast time, I usually have to get started the night before.  While I’m still in my jammies, I’m a disorganized mess.  I generally can’t handle measuring, mixing, baking and cleaning all before I’ve had my Chemex of coffee…so for something like scones, I get the dough made the night before and just set the pieces on a sheet tray in the fridge overnight to bake in the morning.  Always works great.  For some reason, though, I decided last minute to make Marion Cunningham’s Buttermilk Scones on Saturday morning instead of Sunday, and thankfully they came together really easily the morning of.  By the time the oven was preheated, I had the dough made and cut and the dishes (only a few) washed.  I actually used my KitchenAid to mix the scones, since I got used to doing them that way at the shop I worked for up until October.  I just kept a close eye on the size of the butter bits, and then skipped the extra hand-kneading Marion gave hers at the end.  These scones were delicate, just sweet enough, great with jam and easy to make.  This recipe’s definitely going to be made again.

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here).  And there’s even a video of Julia and Marion making these together (there’s an interesting option shown using a rolled dough technique…I may try that next time).  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. I really want to make scones now!! These look marvelous

  2. Yours look great! They were pretty easy, weren’t they? Good for unexpected guests, I think.

  3. I always prep that sort of thing the night before too! It’s just too hectic most mornings. Your scones look great!

  4. Easy to make, delicious to eat!!! Nothing else for a nice breakfast!!
    Well done!!!

  5. Lovely! Glad these came together so quickly for you! They look delicious!

  6. Your scones look perfect. They ARE easy to make, and really the dough comes together even before the oven is pre-heated. I think most of us are pretty pleased with the recipe.

  7. I agree; a wonderful recipe! Yours look perfect!

  8. Mmmmm, beautiful, Steph! Yes indeed, this recipe is a keeper. 🙂

  9. Your scones look great (and your baking sheet looks as seasoned as mine.)

  10. A keeper recipe! These will make repeat performances at my house, I am sure!

  11. I appreciated how easy these were to make, too. Nice to know you can make them in the Kitchen Aid.

  12. Yeah, I do not like baking in the morning too. Caffeine is an inspiration 🙂 Love your scones and their perfect crusts! Thanks for the KA idea – I might give it a try.

  13. Glad you were able to fit these in! They look fantastic.

  14. Your scones look lovely…so nicely browned. These really are quick to prepare, but I like the idea of making them the night before and baking the next day. I will have to try that.

  15. These were incredibly easy! Your scones look delish!

  16. I loved how easy to make they were, too. Mornings and cooking usually do not agree with me either, but these are doable. Pretty scones!

  17. They’re yummingly-rustic looking (if that word even exist!)!

  18. The scones look terrific!

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