Happy New Year to you all! I decided to start the new year off doing my favorite things: cooking, eating, and writing. It only seemed natural to use one of my favorite flavors and ingredients: vanilla bean. Sigh. I can’t get enough of the flavor and those gorgeous little flecks. They just make everything so special, including these Vanilla Bean Scones with a Vanilla Bean Glaze. Let’s make some.
I made a version of these scones about a year or so ago after watching Ree Drummond AKA The Pioneer Woman make them on her show. As I mentioned earlier, I am wild about vanilla, especially when vanilla beans are involved. When I saw her make these, I knew I had to try them.
They were good—very tasty—but they needed some fiddling. So, I fiddled and came up with this recipe. Much, much better. Still soft and buttery, but not so crumbly they fall apart in the glaze.
And, how appropriate to make scones on Downton Abbey premier day! How very British of me.
Here’s the delicious recipe with step-by-step pictures:
Vanilla Bean Scones with a Vanilla Bean Glaze
Makes 24 scones
2 whole vanilla beans
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 and ½ tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, diced and very cold
1 whole vanilla bean
1/2 to ¾ cup milk, start with ½ but you may need the full ¾ cup
5 cups powdered sugar
Allow to cool completely before glazing.
For the glaze:
Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla seeds, and milk in a large bowl, adding more powdered sugar or milk if necessary to get the right consistency. Stir or whisk until completely smooth and pourable.
PS: My daughter wanted to help me type; this is her contribution. She typed it all by her little self: “Ava and mommy made scones we had fun.” It’s the truth.