Rich and Sweet Berry Scones

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
YIELD: 8 scones




  • Adjust oven rack to the middle position; preheat oven to 425°.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Freeze, then grate 8 T butter over the large holes of a box grater.
  • Keep frozen until needed.
  • Place the berries in the freezer until needed.
  • Whisk the milk and sour cream together in a bowl and refrigerate until needed.
  • Whisk the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
  • Add the frozen grated butter and toss with your fingers until thoroughly coated.
  • Fold in the chilled milk mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined (do not over mix).
  • Turn the dough and any floury bits out onto a well-floured counter.
  • Lightly flour your hands and the dough and knead the dough gently 6 to 8 times until it just holds together in a ragged ball, adding additional flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  • Roll the dough out into a 12-inch square; fold the top and bottom of the dough over the center (like a business letter).
  • Fold up the sides of the dough to form a 4-inch square; transfer the dough to a lightly floured plate and chill in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured counter and roll again into a 12-inch square.
  • Sprinkle the berries evenly over the dough, and press them lightly into the dough.
  • Loosen the dough from the counter with a bench scraper, and roll into a tight log and pinch the seam closed.
  • Lay the dough seam side down and press into a 12 x 4 inch rectangle.
  • Using a floured chef's knife, slice the dough crosswise into 4 equal rectangles, then slice each rectangle on the diagonal into 2 triangles.
  • Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Melt the remaining 2 T butter, then brush it over the scones and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
  • Bake until the scone tops are lightly golden brown, 18-25 minutes, rotating the pan half-way through baking.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.