Yogurt Scones Recipe

We had friends over for brunch on Sunday. Maxence went out in the morning to the charcuterie shop, cheese shop, and bakery, and came back with an basketload of ready-to-eat goodies — bone-in ham and duck terrine and eggs in aspic and cheese and freshly baked bread — that we served with a simple salad topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

And for the sweet part of the brunch (there must be a sweet part to a brunch, otherwise it’s just a lunch), I baked scones, using my absolute favorite recipe, which is simple and quick, and calls for ingredients I always have on hand.

These scones are delicious plain, but you can add whichever flavoring you like — spices, dried fruits, nuts, citrus zest… This time I decided to fold dried blueberries and lemon zest into half of the batter, to very good results. The lemon zest came from a little jar of ready-made roasted and toasted lemon zest I bought a little while ago at Lafayette Gourmet, which I conveniently keep in the fridge for all my lemon zest needs.

I baked the scones in the morning, and put them back in the oven for a few minutes to reheat before serving. We had them with butter and a selection of jams, carefully chosen among the rather unreasonable collection of sweet spreads that live in a dedicated drawer of our kitchen, to my delight and Maxence’s despair.

Yogurt Scones

- 215 grams (1 2/3 cup) flour
- 30 grams (2 rounded tablespoons) sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- a good pinch salt
- 30 grams (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, chilled
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped nuts or dried fruits, or 1 teaspoon citrus zest, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or 2 teaspoons orange flower water, or the flavoring of your choice (optional)

(Yields 8 small scones)

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Dice the butter and blend it into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry cutter, until no visible lump of butter remains. Add the yogurt, milk, and whatever flavoring ingredient you want to use, and blend them in until the dough forms a ball. Handle the dough as lightly as you can. Avoid overmixing, or the scones won’t be as tender.

Pat the dough into a flattish round, about 3 cm (a little over an inch) in thickness, and cut into eight wedges with a knife or a pastry cutter (alternatively, use a cookie cutter to make eight neat rounds). Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet, giving them a little space to expand. Bake for 15 minutes, until the top of the scones is set and lightly golden.

Serve warm, with an assortment of spreads, such as clotted cream, butter, jam, honey, nut butter, apple butter, maple syrup…

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  • http://gastroblog.com Jackie

    I’m going to make these right now!

  • YuMei

    Today I was searching for picture of polenta on the internet. Then I run into your homepage. I couldn’t stop reading all your articles. You have made very great site!
    I am also very surprised that we have so much in common. I am also a software engineer and working in a small crm software company in Holland. And I love cooking!
    I am Taiwanese. When I was still living in Taiwan, I didn’t even know how to cook a meal (I have a very good mother and a sister who had studied dietetics. And there are so many cheap, but great restaurants near by. So cooking was never a word in my head)
    Since I move to holland to live with my bf (now my husband). I start to fight with all unknown ingredents and try to make my home town delights.
    On my book shelf are already more cookbooks than computer books. After dinner, I am still looking for what’s nice for tomorrow, much to my husbands horror. Since I moved to Holland to live with him, he gained 13 kgs, bcos of my cooking.
    Now I am learning french. Hope one day I could take some cooking course in paris.
    I am so happy that I have one more good homepage I can visit every day. Keep up with the good work!

  • http://gastroblog.com Jackie

    I bet you thought I was joking, no?

    http://www.gastroblog.com/scone1.jpg

    Entry tomorrow! So light and airy and niiiice!

  • sandra

    I’ve been lurking on your site for a couple months now and I love it! It’s been a source of a lot of great ideas.

    About the scones, have you tried freezing them? They sound like the perfect treat to make ahead of time when you’re expecting house guests.

  • http://www.makunas.com/aliveone Jenny

    How funny! I also made a very similar tried-and-true brunch recipe this weekend: Blueberry-Yogurt muffins (which my husband promptly inhaled). Maybe I’ll have to try these this weekend.

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Jackie – Now, you are _fast_! So glad you liked them – and no, I didn’t think you were joking, I know you too well now! :)

    YuMei – Thanks a lot for the kind words, and you are right, there are a lot of similarities between you and me!

    Sandra – Yes, I have succesfully frozen these scones : bake them first, then freeze them. When you want to serve them, you can either thaw them during the night and reheat in the oven for 5 minutes to crisp up, or pop them frozen into the preheated oven, for 15 minutes or so.

    Jenny – Does your recipe use blueberry flavored yogurt? I think I have read such a recipe somewhere…

  • Catherine

    Finally, a great, easy scone recipe! Thank you Clotilde-I’ve read your blog for a long time, but finally had to comment that these scones are delicious.

  • Robert

    Thanks for this wonderful site. I cannot wait to try some more recipes.

  • christina

    THESE ARE IN MY OVEN BAKING AND SMELL ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! i used whole wheat flour, splenda, and soaked a mixture of dark raisins, light raisins and cranberries with this mango flavored rum for a few hours and mixed those in with the batch and sprinkled lime zest on top right before i stuck them in the oven.

    this is going to be heaven.

  • http://tumyumtreats.blogspot.com Harini

    Hi, I was looking for something without eggs, actually soft buns and eventually stumbled upon your blog. It is a great one! I am trying these scones tomorrow for tea!

  • Elli D’Silwa

    Wow! absolutely simple to make and delicious. :-)
    thanks for posting it Clotilde. they turned out crisp outside, and soft inside. very light. I used wholewheat flour and the taste was a tad floury, but a pat of butter on the hot scones took care of that. Can i make it with roasted flour, i wonder? What I especially loved was its mild sugariness. Refreshing.

    and finally, i have to tell you that I have been following your blog for a few months and it is my favourite bar none. :-)

    -Shil

  • http://kitchensidecar.blogspot.com katie

    It is interesting how little fat is in these scones. I usually make them with sour cream and load of butter…

    I have some yogurt and have been searching for ways to get rid of it. This sounds ideal.

    May try and lighten up in ’09!

  • http://peanutbutterjenny.blogspot.com Jenn

    hi! when i read this recipe, i was really surprised that they called for an entire tablespoon of baking soda, as most recipes use 1/2 teaspoon or less. i went ahead and made them, and they puffed up great, looked and smelled glorious, but tasted like vinegar and metal! do you really use a WHOLE tablespoon? is there some conversion into (sheepishly) american measures that i missed?

    i have a whole tub of yogurt and am willing to try again =)

  • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

    Jenn – Please note that the recipe calls for baking powder, not baking soda, which is a different thing. I’ve never had a problem with the flavor of the leavener coming through, but I think that, considering the amount of flour, you could get away with using a little less, say 2 teaspoons.

  • http://peanutbutterjenny.blogspot.com Jenn

    ah! well there yo go. i misread and used baking soda! silly me. I’ll have to try them again — they look fabulous =)

    Thanks!

  • http://dishinanddishes.wordpress.com Katie

    Yummm..been looking for a good scone recipe!

  • http://www.theinternetchef.biz Bridget

    I loved your blog post so much I’ve included it in my Weekly top 15 recipe posts on twitter!By way of http://www.theinternetchef.biz

    Well done, keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing more of these wonderful recipes come swimming down my tweetstream.

    Happy cooking,

    Love,
    Bridge.

  • Ellen Marie

    I just want to say thank you for this recipe. I’ve been making these with different variations this spring and summer, with different outcomes, both good and bad. My room mates have been amazed by the lovely smell of vanilla (I use yoghurt with vanilla taste) that at regular intervals come streaming through the kitchen door. I have now discovered that they can be succsessfully made with vanilla cream sauce, but that however tempting, m&m’s is a bad idea… The result was green and blue bubbles in a sauce around the scones.

    They are just so delightfully crumbly and comfortable to eat. :)

  • Theresa

    Hi Clotilde,

    I made the scone this morning and it was easy and very good, I put a couple tablespoons of chopped chocolate and it was delicious, my 14 month old son kept tugging at my shorts to give him more. Thanks for the recipe. Your yogurt cake is also a keeper.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com clotilde

      Thanks Theresa, that’s wonderful to hear!

  • http://pleasechild.blogspot.com Mary Beth

    Unfortunately these weren’t my favorite scones. :( I was really missing the extra butter; they were too doughy/floury for me. I doubled the recipe and had to add two extra tablespoons of milk to bring the dough together. With the extra kneading, the scones came out tough. :( Doubling the recipe yielded me 10 biscuit-sized scones. Maybe it’s better to stick to the normal recipe without doubling since others seem to love it!

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