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Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Whatever you do, DO NOT make these scones.

I made them, tasted them, and did a double take. (Oh my God, they are the best scones. Ever.) I may have had to sit down and I’m pretty sure my eyes rolled back in my head a little.

I thought it was a fluke, so I made them again and invited a bunch of ladies over. And everyone who’s had them has told me that they’re the best scones they’ve ever had. (Totally blushing here, but hey, they said it so I had to share, lol.)

Which sounds great, right?

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(I’m telling you, no matter how much you want to, don’t go make them!)

The problem is that these scones then become the standard by which all future scones are judged. Your taste buds will be tainted the same way that mine are. These scones will wreck it for all the other decent scones out there, making you think a sufficiently good scone just isn’t worth it (not the time, not the effort, not the money, and not even the flour that went into making it). You will want Christmas Morning Scones all the time, whether it’s Christmas morning or not.

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Which normally wouldn’t be a problem (I’m not afraid to whip up a batch of scones on a random Thursday afternoon), but they are for Christmas morning; they’re special, if you will, and sacred in a way.

I asked everyone who tried these scones how they’d describe them, but I think my 11-year-old niece said it best: “It’s like you came up with the flavor of Christmas.” (Ha! That, my dear, is exactly what I was going for. ;) )

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So, on the off chance that you don’t heed my advice and you decide to go ahead and make these, first of all, know that you will never be the same. But also take note that you can make the dough the night before and bake them off in the morning.

And on Christmas morning there is nothing that will make your house smell more like Christmas morning than these scones.

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Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 large scones

Christmas Morning Scones {aka Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg, and Rosemary-Scented Scones}

Ingredients

    Scones:
  • 2 1/2 cups (320 g) all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons (75 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped small
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 6 tablespoons (80 g) unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 cup (237 ml) half and half (or milk or cream), plus 2 tablespoons more for brushing on top
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup (115 g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • Other Toppings (optional):
  • Unsweetened dried cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F; line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, dried cranberries, and rosemary in a large bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter with a fork or using two butter knives until it looks like coarse meal. Whisk together the half and half and vanilla bean paste, and stir it into the flour mixture. (The dough should come together, but not be too wet.)
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, then flatten it into a disk; wrap it in plastic wrap and chill 10 minutes in the freezer.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or press the dough out to a circle about 7 to 8 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Cut the circle of dough into 8 equal wedges.
  6. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, lightly brush the tops with a little half and half (or milk), and bake until puffed and light golden brown on top and bottom, about 14 to 16 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. Once cooled, whisk together all ingredients for the glaze, adding the water a little at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Dip the tops of the scones into the glaze, letting it run down the sides; sprinkle a few dried cranberries and rosemary leaves on top, if desired. Place the scones onto a wire rack and let the glaze set completely before serving.

Notes

Make Ahead: You can make the dough the night before; instead of chilling it in the freezer for 10 minutes, wrap it up and refrigerate it overnight. Bake the scones straight from the fridge the morning you want to serve them.

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Candied Grapefruit Peel — Christmas Brunch

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Growing up, my family’s favorite cookbook was Betty Crocker’s Cookbook (my sister and I would get so excited when we saw my mom pull out that tattered red cookbook!  We knew something delicious was not far away).  Not just any Betty Crocker cookbook though, it was a 1981 edition, which of course is now considered vintage (funny how times change, isn’t it?).  The thing about this cookbook is that it’s designed not only to hold recipes, but to actually teach the average modern day home cook how to cook. (more…)

Pink Grapefruit Supremes with Honey & Mint — Christmas Brunch

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Living in what basically amounts to the tundra in the winter, I have to take winter’s perks as they come.  One of the things I look forward to most of all during these frigid months is the delicious citrus that is in season.  (Of course it’s shipped here from somewhere else, but at least we get to enjoy it, lol.)  This grapefruit salad is simply flavored but deliciously refreshing, and makes a perfect addition to Christmas Brunch. (more…)

Vegetarian Sausage Patties — Christmas Brunch

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Every family has at least one picky eater.  It could be someone who doesn’t eat anything their mom didn’t make (Mike baby, you know that’s you), or someone who doesn’t eat meat, or someone who doesn’t like dishes containing any green food (D., I’m talking to you, lol!  And yes, I still love you).  You get the idea.  I really can’t throw stones though, since at one point as a teenager I decided I didn’t like meat and went through about a six month vegetarian phase.  But my mom wasn’t one to cater to my whims; every dinner she made a meal consisting of a protein (some kind of meat or on the off chance eggs), a complex carb (usually rice, which for some crazy reason I detested until about three years ago), and a veggie (most likely something green).  And if I didn’t want to eat the meat and carb out of sheer pickiness, it wasn’t her fault.  (In our house there were no such frivolities as tofu (in any form), lentil patties, or even mushroom burgers.  And of course my mom was right not to cater to my pickiness, that just “feeds” the picky palate, so to speak…and of course my pickiness subsided when I realized just how much I missed roast chicken or grilled steak.) (more…)

Hot Chocolate — Christmas Brunch

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Some days are better than others, especially this time of year.  Some days you wake up and spring out of bed with a smile on your face, just knowing that it will be a good day.  But then you get into your car and spend hours battling the barrage of angry shoppers, not only in stores but also on the roads and in parking lots.  After following decorum and waiting patiently for a parking spot and then having your space stolen not once, not twice, but three times and then waiting in four different lines for over an hour each only to find out that two of the items you were looking for were sold out and may or may not be in stock within the next two weeks, you are over the whole shopping thing and ready to give “I owe yous” as gifts.  At the end of the day, you go home tired, hungry, and feeling defeated, wondering how a day that started off so beautifully ended up like that.  Until you make this hot chocolate.  And all is once again right in the world.  Yes, it is magic hot chocolate like that. (more…)

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