I recently acquired the following lovely ingredients
a huge bag full of yogurt chips (very similar to white chocolate chips)from a good friend, and vanilla beans - brought home from my parent's visit to Bali a few months ago.
I adapted a family recipe to make some AMAZING baked scones for Sunday brunch (ok, ok I didn't eat them for Sunday brunch because of my early Sunday church commitments.....BUT if I had time to make brunch on Sunday, I would totally make these!)
Here's the recipe:
Baked Vanilla Bean Scones
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
4 tablespoons Sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
3 whole vanilla beans
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or in my case yogurt chips)
1 and 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
2 tablespoons Butter (softened)
1 whole vanilla bean
3-6 tablespoons of milk
First mix together all of the dry ingredients. Cut in shortening until you have a nice crumbly mixture. Next you're going to split open those vanilla beans and scrape out the good stuff!
(my picture didn't capture this very well so this photo is from www.thepioneerwoman.com)
Mix vanilla beans with dry ingredients until even distributed. Add all other ingredients until you have a nice stiff dough.
PLEASE CLICK ON THIS PICTURE TO SEE THE DETAIL OF ALL THOSE GORGEOUS SPECKS OF VANILLA BEAN!!!
Next you will prepare a greased pie plate and press all of the dough into it. When it's nice and round remove the dough from the pie plate and put in onto a cutting board. Cut into eight equal pieces and place back into the pie plate. This will make serving MUCH easier!! Sprinkle with a little extra sugar for good measure
Then bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes - keep a close eye on them and pull them out when they are golden brown.
While they are cooling prepare the glaze. Mix powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Then add milk a tablespoon at a time until it is a nice thick glaze. *You probably wont need all of the milk, but just do what feels right to you. **You might not use all of the glaze. I had some extra glaze in the bowl and my other half took the liberty of pouring the rest of the glaze onto the scones. They were a little sweet for my taste. Just do what you like :)
When scones are warm, but not hot, drizzle glaze
Best if served warm!
Note: Vanilla beans are pretty expensive, so if you want to try this recipe without using the beans I would sub the 3 beans in the scones for 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in the glaze. I'm sure it will still be way yummy!
Also- the original recipe is a Baked Chocolate Chip Scone- and the only difference is subbing the vanilla beans for just ONE teaspoon of vanilla extract and using chocolate chips instead of white chocolate. I've never made a glaze with the chocolate chip scones!
Tune in tomorrow to find out what meal I made this weekend was what my husband called "better than a restaraunt, the best meal you've ever made"!