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Whole-Grain Blueberry Scones

Rated as 4.52 out of 5 Stars

"I was brainstorming some ideas for using up a cup of nearly perfect blueberries, and was waffling between muffins, donuts, and biscuits. I finally decided on a biscuit-like triangle, spiced subtly with essence of old-fashioned donut. I'm calling it a scone because I cut it into a triangle."
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45 m servings 236
Original recipe yields 8 servings (8 scones)


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Mix in sugar.
  3. Grate frozen butter into dry mixture with a cheese grater, tossing occasionally to prevent butter pieces from clumping together. Mixture should resemble coarse crumbs. If necessary, rub mixture between your fingers to break it down a bit more. Add blueberries and toss to distribute evenly. Stir buttermilk into dry mixture and stir just until dough is moistened.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly, for 5 or 6 turns. Pat or roll the dough out into a 1 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Cut dough into 4 equal rectangles. Cut each small rectangle diagonally into triangles. Transfer scones onto prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with buttermilk, and sprinkle with a pinch of demerara sugar.
  5. Bake scones in preheated oven until they are well browned and blueberry juices are bubbling through surface, about 25 minutes. Let cool before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I used my new favorite, sprouted spelt flour, but I'm guessing this will work with whatever you roll with. You'll also want to keep an eye on them in the oven, as the baking times will vary depending on the exact shape and thickness. They're done when they're well browned, and you see blueberry juices bubbling out through the top and sides.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 236 calories; 12.3 28.6 5 31 456 Full nutrition

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I have never baked with spelt flour before but these came out great in spite of my lack of experience. Spelt offered a slightly nutty flavor to the scones. I do think this would be great using a...

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For me it was a complete disaster. 3/4 of a cup of buttermilk is just not enough liquid to form it into any kind of a shape. It just fell apart on my board into a pile of dry crumbs while the bl...

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I have never baked with spelt flour before but these came out great in spite of my lack of experience. Spelt offered a slightly nutty flavor to the scones. I do think this would be great using a...

These scones are delicious. I was very worried when I added the buttermilk to the dry ingredients because the dough was more like a pancake batter, that is, VERY wet! I sprinkled more flour (...

I used all purpose flour and frozen blueberries and they were delicious. I will be making these again, maybe adding a tad bit more cinnamon and nutmeg. But overall great recipe.

I make scones as a Christmas treat for my neighbors every year. I usually make two types and this year, decided to try these blueberry scones as my second type. I made the two (different) reci...

I made this for Easter. I thought (foolishly) that you could do a one for one substitution using almond flour instead of the spelt. Wrongo! So if anyone out there thinks this will work, I will...

The changes I made: I used all-purpose flour, low-fat buttermilk (1 cup), salted butter (and didn't add the salt in the recipe) and regular sugar for sprinkling. After 25 minutes of baking, I tu...

These are wonderful. I used what I had, Unbleached AP flour. They came out moist and fluffy on the inside and a little crunchy on the outside from the sugar. Just sweet enough to make them re...

My 5 year old made these by himself, and they came out amazing. I can't believe they only have 2 T sugar. Another big hit from Chef John, thanks!