Every year, on New’s Year day, I make Lemon Poppy Seed Scones with lemon curd. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than to have a big, fluffy scone, with lemon curd. I got thinking what an absolute shame it is that I save this baking tradition for only one day a year? I mean…last time I checked there was no law on the number of days you can make and eat scones. No “scone police” come after you and throw you into bakers prison because you’ve…gasp…made scones twice in one year! Which is a really good thing because I’m pretty sure all my English ancestor’s would have died an early death if they could have only had scones one time a year!
When I was up to my eyeballs, last week, in fresh peaches, I started dreaming of things I could put my freshly canned peach jam on? Besides toast and pb&j! (Nothing against toast or pb&j’s! I love all carbs equally) Suddenly, I thought “Hey! What about fresh peach scones with fresh peach jam!” Baaa-zinga! So I started digging out ingredients, cutting, chopping and blending and….Voila! Melt in your mouth, fluffy, moist, fresh peaches and cream scones! (By the way…in case you are wondering…the jam and the scones are dating now! Wedding invites are coming soon!)
First Preheat your oven to 375 degrees then, measure out all your dry ingredients. Flour, sugar, baking powder, and nutmeg. (You can use cinnamon if you are not a nutmeg fan! However, I will have to report you to the fan club! lol)
Next you want to “cut” in your cold butter. Tip: Rule of thumb for those of you who have never made “English” scones… ALWAYS use cold butter! I cut mine into small pieces…because I’m lazy and like less work!
Then I use a pastry blender to cut those little butter bits into the dry ingredients till I have a fine crumble. (Those cold little butter bits are going to create the wonderful pockets of air that make your scones light and fluffy!)
Blend together your wet ingredients. First the eggs and sour cream and then add in the heavy whipping cream and almond extract.
Time to mix your wet ingredients with your dry ingredients. (Hooray… Christmas Spatula! I think we need to name her if she’s going to be a regular here on the Nest! Any idea’s?)
Add the peaches, stirring gently, just until everything is combined. (Don’t those peaches look beautiful?!)
This is a wet, sticky dough so don’t be worried if you think it is too wet. It should look just like the picture.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop the dough by the 1/4-cupful onto the prepared pan. You can use a muffin scoop or I used a big serving spoon. Whichever works best for you. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and pop into your preheated 375 degree oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. I would check them at 15! You don’t want burnt bottoms. Ewwwwe! (wink, wink)
I love how big and fluffy these turned out! The small pieces of peach sticking out is such a tease! I loved the coarse sugar on top! Look how golden and beautiful these are. They are perfect for….
Fresh Peach Jam! Hellooooo side kick! A big “YUM” for those buttery air pockets! That is the sign of a perfect scone! The first bite was heaven…pure heaven! They just melt in your mouth and are so creamy, and peachy, and everything you want a really great scone to be! Best part…they were EASY! No kneading, no rolling out, no cutting into perfect triangles, just drop, sprinkle and bake! The hardest part? WAITING for them to come out of the oven!
One really nice thing about this recipe…if you don’t have peaches…use another fruit you have on hand. Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, etc. If your dough isn’t wet enough add a little extra heavy whipping cream. I’m envisioning a pumpkin chocolate chip with a cinnamon whipped butter! Doesn’t that sound divine?! I hope you love these as much as we did! Taryn and I kind of “pigged” out on them and Baby “B”…well she was screaming when hers was all gone! Yikes!!! When they’re baby screaming good you know you gotta try’em! Don’t let the thought of the “Scone” Police scare you off!
I’ve got so many great recipes coming this month and next! I hope you’ll share my Nest with your friends and family! Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see ya soon!