Earl grey scones are a perfect breakfast option. They are flaky, soft, and have a subtle Earl Grey tea flavor.
I love baking with tea because it gives the scones a subtle Earl Grey flavor. You can add the tea leaves to the dough, but I like to steep them into the milk when I make this recipe.
What is so great about this recipe?
- A good scone is tender, flaky, and has a delicious subtle buttery flavor. These Earl Grey scones not only measure up to this, they are also super quick to make.
- Super easy to make. Scones are a great dish for novice home cooks because the recipe is easy to follow. Unlike other dishes, it's not necessary for them to look perfect. The rough dough gives them a rustic, homemade look, which adds to their charm.
- Delicate Earl Grey Flavor: The subtle aroma and flavor of Earl Grey tea infuses the scones, creating a unique and refreshing taste. The bergamot notes add a touch of citrusy brightness, while the black tea base provides a mellow depth of flavor.
When creating Earl Grey scones, the quality of your ingredients can make all the difference. You can turn a simple recipe into a truly amazing culinary experience by carefully selecting your ingredients.
If you're planning to make Earl Grey scones, I'd recommend using all-purpose flour. It's much better than bread flour as it contains less gluten, which keeps the scones soft and flaky. Also, if you'd like to switch things up a bit, you can try using oat flour. This not only adds a mild nutty flavor but also makes them gluten-free!
You can use any kind of sugar you have on hand, but I always use regular granulated sugar. This sugar gives the scones a mildly sweet taste without adding color. However, it is also delicious to use brown sugar. Brown sugar has a mild caramel flavor that goes well with the taste of Earl Grey tea.
For optimal results, I always prefer using butter with a higher fat percentage. The lower the water content in the butter, the better the layers will be. That's why I always choose European butter when I make scones. If you happen to have leftover heavy cream in the fridge, you can even make the butter yourself! If you want to learn exactly how to do that, you can check out my post on making butter from heavy cream.
Baking powder is what makes the dough rise during baking. Avoid using baking powder that has been in your kitchen cupboard for a while or is about to expire. This is because baking powder loses its effectiveness fairly quickly, making your scones less tender.
Earl Grey tea
This is the main flavoring of the recipe, so it is important to pick a tea you enjoy drinking. It would be a shame to make the whole recipe only to discover that you should have used a different tea brand.
My tips for the perfect Earl Grey scones
Use cold ingredients. You want your scones to be nice and flaky, and you get that by adding the ingredients as cold as possible. The butter doesn't melt until it's in the oven, giving you a layering rather than a solid scone.
Make sure your hands are cold. Just like using cold ingredients, it is important that your hands are cold when you knead the dough. If your hands are warm, the butter will become too soft, and your scones will be less flaky.
Never overmix. It is very important that you stop kneading once the ingredients come together and you have a rough dough. This is to prevent your scones from becoming tough.
Don't twist your cutter. If you use cookie cutters to shape your scones, it's important that you don't twist them. By pressing them straight down and lifting them back up as well, you give the scones the best chance to rise.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! You can make scones one to two days in advance and reheat them when needed.
I regularly make vegan scones by replacing milk with unsweetened oat milk and butter with a vegetable variety.
To ensure the best results in your recipe, I recommend tasting each type of tea before using it. This will help you understand the strength of flavor and adjust accordingly.
It is a simple sugar glaze that I make with powdered sugar, a few drops of milk, and Earl Grey tea.
What to serve them with
Scones with clotted cream and jam are a classic! In the UK, they almost always serve strawberry jam with them but try them with apricot or blackberry jam.
If you prefer to keep it simple but want more than a plain scone, you can also serve them with sugar glaze or warm vanilla sauce.
Earl grey scones can be stored at room temperature for about five days. Be sure to pack the scones airtight to prevent them from drying out.
You can also freeze them. Wrap them in plastic wrap before putting them in the freezer so you can easily remove one or two without defrosting the whole batch. Frozen Earl Grey scones will stay good for at least six months.
To reheat them, it is best to put them in a preheated oven for a few minutes. Reheating in the microwave is also possible! Since every microwave is different, I recommend you check the manual to see which setting is best.
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Earl grey scones
- 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 stick butter cold and cubed
- ¼ cup earl grey tea strong and cooled completely
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 kitchen scale or measuring cups
- 1 spoon
- 1 baking mat
- Preheat your oven to 400 F (200 C).
- Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix until combined.
- With cold hands, rub the cold butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Pour in the milk and tea and give it a quick mix.
- Knead the dough until just combined. Make sure not to overwork the dough.
- Shape the dough into a 1-inch thick disk and cut it into six wedges.
- Place the scones onto a lined baking tray and place it in the center of the oven.
- Bake the scones for about 20 minutes until nice and golden.
- Place them on a cooling rack and let them cool completely.