Tuesdays with Dorie: Toasted Almond Scones

February 22, 2011

This week’s recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers is Toasted Almond Scones, selected by Mike ofย  Living Out West. Have you taken a peek at Mike’s blog? He’s always baking up something wonderful, taking beautiful photos of it, and then featuring it in an entertaining blog post. Be sure to visit!

What’s in ’em? Finely ground almonds, finely chopped almonds, and almond extract, plus the usual suspects: sugar, egg, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, and butter.

What I did:

  • I made 1/2 recipe, which made 6 scones.
  • I replaced the heavy cream with whole milk (so I used all whole milk, rather than a combination of heavy cream and whole milk).
  • I baked 4 scones and put the other 2 in the freezer to be baked in the future.
  • Before baking, I brushed the scones with milk and sprinkled them with pearl sugar, which unfortunately looks like pretzel salt.

How it went: I was nervous about over mixing, but these came together quite nicely, so there was no need for me to manhandle them!

How it tasted: We tried these not long after they came out of the oven. They were tender in texture and full of almond flavor. There were some comments from the other bakers about these not being very sweet; I’m not a sweet scone person, so I was happy to eat mine plain and enjoy its nutty goodness. My husband, who likes things on the sweeter side, took my advice and ate his with some jelly (after asking me if they were covered in salt). He wished he had a cup of tea to go with his scone. Next time!

Looking for a nicely nutty scone recipe? Open your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours to page 29, or Mike will have the recipe published today.


  1. I love the fact that you put pearl sugar on top, even if your husband thought it was salt. I really enjoyed these too – they were a nice change from some of the super sweet stuff we make.

  2. I put sugar on the top of mine too. Great idea–these were delish!

  3. Hi Jill! SO glad you made these and thanks for the nice compliments! Others had said they weren’t all that sweet, but I thought they were perfect. Sounds like your husband thought so too – with jam at that! I did the cream/sugar bit too – added a little “zing” to them! Thanks so much for baking with me – they look wonderful!

  4. I loved that these had so little sugar!

  5. Oh Im loving that sugar on top, great idea! Your scones look mighty good! This recipe is a winner, yeah Dorie!

  6. your scones look great, pretzel salt and all! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you and your hubby enjoyed them!

  7. These look great. I love scones, and I’ve definitely marked this recipe as one to try.

  8. Too funny about the pretzel salt ๐Ÿ™‚ I think your scones look perfect! I definitely would have preferred the scones a little sweeter, but I feel that way about everything!

  9. Oh, and thanks for the awesome email – I was so excited (and appreciative) to receive it. Some great tips for sure!

  10. The scones look wonderful! I really liked these too. I used half & half for the liquid, since it seemed easier than using two different things.

  11. These look delicious! Making a half recipe sounds like a good plan when I make them. Thanks for sticking with me while my wrist heals. I’m 95% now, splint free (that was the loud “yippee!” you may have heard a few days ago) and back to baking, commenting and (hopefully) blogging more. xo

  12. the pearl sugar really adds a touch of class to these. nice!

  13. pretzel salt, lol!! maybe if you gave him your death stare, he wouldn’t dare ask if it was pretzel salt and just munch happily ๐Ÿ˜‰ but don’t listen to me… the death stare doesn’t work over here. it’s just called the ‘stink eye’ lol!!

  14. I love your picture! And I didn’t think of pretzel salt, I thought it was some of the ground up almonds. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. These look so attractive and well presented. I love the texture of the scones and the pretty plate.

  16. I’m glad to hear they turned out OK with just milk rather than cream. I wanted to try that but wasn’t brave enough, so good job! They look delish!

  17. These look delicious and I love things are aren’t overly sweet and sugary.

  18. I love the look of your scones-they are beautiful!!!!!

  19. lol re “pretzel salt,” too funny…but you are right, it sort of does look like that. They look wonderful…and that plate just makes them look that much more special.

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