Bon Appétit is a magazine that I look forward to receiving every month. I love flipping through the magazine and drooling over the photos and recipes that the publication offers. This month's feature was on Paris, and I was slightly disappointed that there weren't many dessert recipes.
I did, however, see this one for lavender scones and already had all of the main ingredients in my kitchen. Luckily, I had bought dried lavender a while back at Penzey's and was looking for another recipe to use some more of it. This recipe came at the perfect time so I could satisfy both my desire to bake with lavender and my wish to make another Bon Appétit recipe.
I made some slight alterations to the recipe because I didn't have lemon, lemon curd or sanding sugar. I figured that they were embellishments anyway so I left them all out. The resulting scone is slightly crispy on the outside with a nice, soft chewy center. The aroma of the lavender provides a nice, fresh floral note without overpowering the scone. This scone would definitely taste lovely with the lemon curd that Bon Appétit recommended, but I didn't have any. Instead, my husband drizzled some honey on his and noted that he liked them better that way. I ate mine plain so I could take in all the aromatics and enjoyed it as-is.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for surface
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, divided
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (I omitted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons sanding or granulated sugar (I did not use)
- 1 1/2 cups store-bought lemon curd (I did not use)
Source: Slightly adapted from Bon Appétit magazine, May 2012 issue; online recipe can be found here.