These Glazed Vanilla Bean Scones are one of my most frequently made recipes. Like, I personally make them all the time. But they are also one of the most popular recipes on my blog and are always a hit over on Instagram. Vanilla bean is truly one of my favorite things. I can't get enough of the flavor, the aroma, and those gorgeous little flecks. They just make everything so special, including these Vanilla Bean Scones and their glorious Vanilla Bean Glaze. You gotta make 'em. Bonus points if you make them on a snow day.
Vanilla Bean Scone Inspo
I originally made a version of these Vanilla Bean Scones years ago after watching The Pioneer Woman make them on her show. As I mentioned earlier, I am wild about vanilla beans. 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 (what a mess!). This is thanks in part to my tried and true cutting, stacking, smooshing method. I use it in almost all of my scones except my easiest scone and my cara cara scones.
This method creates beautiful, flaky layers and really distributes the butter evenly throughout the scone dough. It creates a bit of structure without making them tough. You aren't kneading, but it is kind of in that same category.
Vanilla Bean Love
As I already professed, I am in love with vanilla bean. As a result, I buy my vanilla beans in bulk. I have been making my own vanilla extract for years and use them so often in baking and ice cream recipes that it just doesn't make sense to buy them one or two beans at a time for a million dollars at the grocery store.
I have a thing for scones, too
and more in the works...
Vanilla Bean Scones step-by-step
I love showing the process; I am a highly visual learner and I find it so helpful when I'm making a more detailed recipe, especially when dough is involved, if I can see the steps. I really try to provide these in my recipe posts unless it's a super simple recipe. I hope you find them helpful too! Also, these are from 2015 - look how little Ava was!
I hope you'll give these vanilla bean scones a try and see why they are so popular both in my home kitchen and amongst my family, friends, and followers. I don't know if it's their snowy white glaze or the fact that I first made them in the winter time, but it just isn't a snow day without these!
PS: My daughter wanted to help me type this in 2015. This is her contribution. She typed it all by her little self: "Ava and mommy made scones we had fun." It's the truth.
Happy scone baking! xo - AnitaPrint