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.
Here's the delicious recipe with step-by-step pictures:
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.
2 whole vanilla beans
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
⅔ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 sticks (½ pound) unsalted butter, diced and very cold
1 whole vanilla bean
½ 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.
to prepare 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.