Homemade Peaches and Cream Scones with Fresh Peaches

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What’s better than juicy peaches and scones? When they come together to make these delicious peaches and cream scones! Bursting with juicy peach chunks and creamy white chocolate chip, these are the perfect scones to celebrate peak peach season. They’re surprisingly easy to whip up, requiring only basic pantry staples and minimal effort. So, preheat your oven, grab a bowl, and get ready to bake up a batch of these sweet scones that are sure to become a new weekend brunch favorite.

To be truthfully honest, I had never heard of peaches and cream scones before, but one day we had ripe peaches that I didn’t want to go bad. I was craving some scones, and I had some white chocolate chips in the pantry. So naturally, I decided I was going to test a new scone recipe. It turns out that fresh peaches and scones go together in the most perfect way. I was honestly shocked, they were some of the best scones I had ever had. Now they’re one of my favorite things and I make them fairly often, especially during peach season. There’s just something about the sweet vanilla glaze with a touch of peach flavor, to the fluffy scones with bites of juicy peaches and rich white chocolate chips. It just makes this peach scones recipe the best.

What kind of peaches can I use for this recipe?

I personally love going to a local farm stand and buying fresh peaches. And this is one of those recipes I use those peaches in. Although fresh peach scones are my favorite, you can also use canned or frozen peaches. if you are using frozen, let them come up to room temperature before using them in your scone dough. And if you are sticking to the recipe, using fresh, make sure you have ripe sweet peaches for the most delicious scones!

So, what is a scone?

I always like to tell people it’s like a mix somewhere in between a biscuit and a muffin. It’s texture is somewhat like a biscuit (minus the flaky layers), but I say it’s a little more moist, and crumbly like a muffin. It’s one of those things you just need to try to understand. I really prefer a scone because it is not too sweet, but really the perfect amount of sweetness.

Tips for making the most delicious scone:

  • Do not over mix the dough: The more you stir, mix, and work the dough, the more you activate the gluten, making the dough tough. It becomes more like bread than a light, fluffy, pastry.
  • Keep the butter cold: For the best texture, during the baking process, the butter will begin to melt inside the dough. This will create steam and air pockets, giving the scones additional rise and a fluffy, tender texture. If the butter is too soft before hitting the oven, the scone will end up greasy and dense. This is why the step of putting the scones in the fridge is very important. 
  • Use heavy cream: The additional fat from the heavy cream will keep the scones from drying out and keep the dough moist and tender.
  • Do not over bake: The scones are ready to come out of the oven when they are just starting to brown on the edges, but are still light in color. Leaving them in too long will cause them to dry out, and nobody likes  dry scones!!
  • Add a twist of flavor: You can add almond extract in place of the vanilla extract of the scone recipe. If you like almond extract, it gives these scones such a unique flavor!
  • Diced Peaches: You can dice your peaches smaller or larger, depending on your taste preference. I usually dice mine slightly larger than a pea, and they taste amazing!

What is the best method for keeping the butter cold?

I personally use a cheese grater, I grate the butter very quickly with a cheese grater (box grater) so that it stays cold. Some people use a food processor, pastry cutter, or just a sharp knife. I have done it every way, and the cheese grater (in my opinion) is the most effective way to keep the pieces of butter cold. If you are using something besides a cheese grater, make sure you get your butter in small cubes.

How long will these peaches and cream scones last?

Typically they don’t even last a full day in our house, but when stored in an airtight container, they should stay fresh for about 2 days. You can also freeze this recipe for up to 2 months. If you plan on freezing, I would leave off the glaze, and store the glaze separately (or make later). Whenever you pull them out of the freezer, take them out of their container and let them come up to room temperature. Once they are at room temperature, you can either eat them, or heat them up in the oven for a little to make them nice and warm!

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little extra for flouring your work surface

1 tablespoon baking powder 

3 tablespoons granulated sugar 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 

1 cup peaches, peeled and cut into 1/2” dice (approximately 1 1/2 peaches, depending on size)

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2–3 tablespoons heavy cream 

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon peach syrup (optional) 

Instructions for making the scones:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Grate your cold butter with a cheese grater (use the side with the larger holes)
  4. Add in the cold butter and incorporate with your hands, working quickly, and also without handing the butter too much – the mixture should look like sand.
  5. Toss in your peaches and white chocolate chips, till they are lightly coated with the flour mixture.
  6. Next, add heavy cream and vanilla extract to the flour mixture.
  7. Mix until the ingredients are just combined.
  8. On a lightly floured surface or a piece of parchment paper, gently form the dough into a ball 
  9. Then shape the dough into a disc, about 3/4″ thick.
  10. Cut the dough into eight even triangles. (I like to use a bench scraper to do this)
  11. Place the scone triangles on to a parchment lined baking sheet, then place in the fridge for 20 minutes
  12. Take the scones out of the fridge and brush some heavy whipping cream on the tops of the scones
  13. Then bake at 375º for 12-15 minutes until edges are golden brown.
  14. Let cool on a cooling rack and drizzle your Vanilla Peach Glaze over the cooled scones.

To Make the Sweet Vanilla Peach Glaze:

  1. Combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and optional peach syrup in a small bowl. Stir together until smooth. The mixture should be thick but still pour off a spoon.
  2. Drizzle the icing over the scones and allow to set.

Notes

  1. You don’t have to use the peach syrup for the glaze, but it does give the glaze a subtle peach flavor, you can also add more peach syrup for a stronger peach flavor.
  2. I only use a half cup of white chocolate chips for this recipe, so it won’t be too sweet, but if you don’t want the glaze, you can use a full cup of the white chocolate chips for a sweeter scones.
Peach scone with glaze by a sliced peach

Peaches and Cream Scones

Bursting with juicy peach chunks and creamy white chocolate chip, these are the perfect scones to celebrate peak peach season.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Serving Size 8 scones

Ingredients

For the Scone

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus a little extra for flouring your work surface
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup peaches peeled and cut into 1/2” dice (approximately 1 1/2 peaches, depending on size)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon peach syrup optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375º and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix until everything is well combined.
  • Grate your cold butter with a cheese grater (use the side with the larger holes)
  • Add in the cold butter and incorporate with your hands, working quickly, and also without handing the butter too much – the mixture should look like sand.
  • Toss in your peaches and white chocolate chips, till they are lightly coated with the flour mixture.
  • Next, add heavy cream and vanilla extract to the flour mixture.
  • Mix until the ingredients are just combined.
  • On a lightly floured surface or a piece of parchment paper, gently form the dough into a ball
  • Then shape the dough into a disc, about 3/4″ thick.
  • Cut the dough into eight even triangles. (I like to use a bench scraper to do this)
  • Place the scone triangles on to a parchment lined baking sheet, then place in the fridge for 20 minutes
  • Take the scones out of the fridge and brush some heavy whipping cream on the tops of the scones
  • Then bake at 375º for 12-15 minutes until edges are golden brown.
  • Let cool on a cooling rack and drizzle your Vanilla Peach Glaze over the cooled scones.

Notes

  1. Peach Glaze: You don’t have to use the peach syrup for the glaze, but it does give the glaze a subtle peach flavor, you can also add more peach syrup for a stronger peach flavor.
  2. Chocolate Chips: I only use a half cup of white chocolate chips for this recipe, so it won’t be too sweet, but if you don’t want the glaze, you can use a full cup of the white chocolate chips for a sweeter scones.
  3. Do not over mix the dough: The more you stir, mix, and work the dough, the more you activate the gluten, making the dough tough. It becomes more like bread than a light, fluffy, pastry.
  4. Keep the butter cold: For the best texture, during the baking process, the butter will begin to melt inside the dough. This will create steam and air pockets, giving the scones additional rise and a fluffy, tender texture. If the butter is too soft before hitting the oven, the scone will end up greasy and dense. This is why the step of putting the scones in the fridge is very important. 
  5. Use heavy cream: The additional fat from the heavy cream will keep the scones from drying out and keep the dough moist and tender.
  6. Do not over bake: The scones are ready to come out of the oven when they are just starting to brown on the edges, but are still light in color. Leaving them in too long will cause them to dry out, and nobody likes  dry scones!!
  7. Add a twist of flavor: You can add almond extract in place of the vanilla extract of the scone recipe. If you like almond extract, it gives these scones such a unique flavor!
  8. Diced Peaches: You can dice your peaches smaller or larger, depending on your taste preference. I usually dice mine slightly larger than a pea, and they taste amazing!

Fresh from the oven, these peaches and cream scones are a delightful indulgence. The tender, flaky dough melts in your mouth, while the sweet peaches and creamy white chocolate chips add bursts of flavor with every bite. They’re perfect enjoyed warm on their own, perhaps with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. No matter how you choose to enjoy them, these scones are sure to leave you wanting more. So, bake a batch this weekend and experience the taste of summer in every bite! And as always don’t forget to share with your friends and family!

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  1. These look amazing! Yum, they’d be a yummy breakfast treat as well. Thank you for sharing because I’m saving this for later.