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Brown Butter Peach Scones.

Brown Butter Peach Scones

These brown butter peach scones highlight summer’s bountiful stone fruits. The brown butter glazed scones have a delicious crunchy crust! 
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Freeze Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter, brown butter scones, peach scones, stonefruit scones
Servings: 8 scones
Author: Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups (350 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, cold
  • 1 cup (170 g) chopped peaches, peeled and pitted
  • ¼ cup (57 g) unsalted butter (to make brown butter)
  • ½ cup (114 g) whole milk, cold
  • 3 Tablespoon (43 g) sour cream, cold
  • 1 large egg, cold
  • turbinado sugar, as needed for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Toss in cubed butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Spread chopped peaches in a single layer over a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, until semi-frozen.
  • In a small sauce pot, melt ¼ cup butter over medium heat. Once melted, swirl pot occassionaly to ensure even heating. Mixture will bubble, crackle, and foam as it cooks. The bubbling will be vigorous at first, but it will subside. Continue to cook until melted butter smells nutty. By this point, the milk solids in the butter will have turned golden brown in color. Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe container or bowl. Be sure to scrape out as much of the browned milk solid bits. Set aside and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
  • Remove dry ingredients and peaches from the freezer. Using a pastry blender (pastry cutter) or two forks, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse sand.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together milk, sour cream, and egg until smooth. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture. Add 1 Tablespoon of liquid brown butter. Fold to combine until mixture is a "shaggy mess." Gently fold in cold peaches.
  • Dump coarse dough onto a floured work surface. Gently knead dough together using a bench scraper (or your hands). Pat dough into a circle with a diameter of 8-inches and thickness of about 1/2-inch. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • Transfer scones to prepared baking sheet, allowing at least 2-inches of space between scones. Brush scone tops with remaining liquid brown butter. Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes until scones have puffed up and the tops are lightly golden brown in color. Rotate pan midway through baking to ensure even cooking. Let scones cool slightly on baking sheet. Brush once more with remaining liquid brown butter. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Serve scones warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Storage & Leftovers:

  • Scones can be left out at room temperature for up to a day. Since the peaches are not fully cooked (or dried out) during baking, I suggest storing leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. Simply reheat in the microwave or toasted oven, or enjoy chilled!

Ingredient Notes:

  • Peach measurement refers to peaches after they have been peeled, pitted, and chopped.
  • If brown butter solidifies, simply reheat in the microwave to melt before brushing on scones.