The scones came about because my sister JoAnn wanted to try out a recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Since JoAnn would be busy cooking up a fantastic meal for us deadbeats, I volunteered to make the petite vanilla scones she wanted.
Have you used whole vanilla beans in recipes before? To be honest, I hadn’t before making these scones. Crazy, right?
To get to the good stuff in the vanilla bean, you have to split it in half and scrape out the “caviar.” This recipe uses three whole vanilla beans. The first two are added to whipping cream that will later be added to the dough.
Look at all that yummy vanilla! You know you want some.
The dough is pretty easy to make. You need to mix it with a pastry cutter/blender at this point, but just think about all the extra scones you can eat from the extra calories burned. Right? Right.
Once the vanilla milk is blended into the dry ingredients, you get this here lovely dough.
I suppose you could get crazy here and cut the dough into circles, trapezoids, hexagons, or rhombuses (rhombi?), but triangles taste just as good.
Look, you can still see all the flecks of vanilla in the dough.
When the scones are baked and cooled, it’s time to dip them into the sugary vanilla glaze. The glaze is made with powdered sugar, another vanilla bean, and milk for thinning.
Doesn’t this look tasty? You’ll be more than temped to dig right in at this step (I did). Or, you can be civilized (unlike me) and wait a few minutes for the glaze sets.
These scones were awesome. Nothing beats homemade!
Are you familiar with The Pioneer Woman? If you’re not, do yourself a favor and check out her site. She posts lots of yummy-looking recipes along with totally gorgeous photographs. Her photos make me want to live out in the country and bake from sunrise to sunset every day. Well, more-so than I already do.
Get The Pioneer Woman’s Petite Vanilla Bean Scone recipe.