MAKE AHEAD FOR ON-THE-GO
Almond Scones are one of my go-to baked good recipes for the fall. It’s the perfect rainy day Sunday afternoon project; filling the house with a warm and toasty aroma and having the added bonus of easing that Monday morning scramble to get out the door. For next day consumption, just preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350°F and pop them in for 10-12 minutes or until warmed through. True, this takes a bit of pre-planning, but we want to avoid reheating in the microwave as this will change the texture of the scones. Plain scones are typically served with jam and butter or cream, but these almond ones are perfectly dressed so you can easily take them on the go. Bundle up in your favorite sweater and enjoy with your favorite tea or coffee for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
FANCY BREAKFAST MADE EASY
Scones are a great pastry for baking beginners as they don’t require advanced skill or practice to construct. In fact, I find that the slight variations in size and shape can actually add to their rusticness. For those with little kitchen helpers, this is a great recipe to get them involved in the process. Kids will love getting hands-on kneading the dough and flexing their creative chops during that final decoration step, which I’ve taken to calling the “drizzle & sprinkle”.
SWITCH IT UP
If you’re not the biggest fan of almonds or have a nut allergy, don’t worry. I’ve listed a couple different substitutions that are just as delicious and easy to incorporate. And If you’re baking for a crowd, try making all three! Pro tip: form the flavors into different shapes (triangle, square, round) for easy identification. I love including these in a brunch spread as I can make them ahead of my gathering and have more time and energy to dedicate to other hostessing duties.Print