Recipe by Jennifer A. Wickes
Photography by Lori Maffei
2 large eggs (if vegan, omit one egg and replace other with equivalent of EnerG egg replacement)
1 tablespoon heavy cream (soy creamer)
2/3 cup buttermilk (soy creamer + 1 tsp. cider vinegar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and diced (or vegetarian substitute)
½ cup dried culinary lavender flowers* OR
1 cup culinary lavender flowers, fresh*
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Adjust the baking rack to the middle shelf. Lightly grease a metal baking sheet. In a small bowl, beat an egg and add one tablespoon of heavy cream to it (if vegan, use soy creamer only as a glaze). Set aside. Whisk remaining egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract together in medium bowl.
2. Sift flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in together until blended in a large bowl. Add butter and rub in with finger tips until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Make well in center. Add buttermilk mixture and stir until batter forms moist clumps. Carefully stir in lavender flowers.
3. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and knead gently until dough comes together and is smooth, about 10 seconds. Pat dough into 7-inch circle about 1 inch thick. Using sharp knife, cut circle into 8 wedges. With pastry brush, remove excess flour from wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet, brush tops with egg and cream glaze, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center of scones comes out with a few crumbs attached, about 15 minutes. Transfer scones to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Cooled scones can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 days, or they can be frozen for a month.)
Yields: 8 scones
Serving ideas: Devonshire cream, whipped heavy cream, floral butters, floral honeys
*Having trouble finding lavender? Try contacting Culinary Specialty Produce in Mountainside. They offer a variety of produce as well as herbs and spices. Culinary Specialty Produce, 1190 Route 22 West, Mountainside, NJ 07092, 908-789-4702.