Chai Latte Scones
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Chai Latte Scones ~ chai is a spiced milk tea from India that's made with the most wonderful mix of warm spices ~ and I've baked them right into these buttery scones for a unique breakfast or tea time treat.
- 1.75 cup flour
- 1 cup almond flour (or use more regular flour)
- 0.25 cup sugar
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- chai spices, 1/4 tsp each: ginger, allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, white pepper
- 1 egg
- -0.16666666666667 cups buttermilk (or milk or half and half)
- 2 tsp espresso powder
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in chunks
- 1.5 cups confectioner's sugar
- 0.25 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- milk or cream to thin
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Put the dry ingredients (with the exception of the espresso powder) into the bowl of a food processor and pulse till combined.
- Beat the egg in a liquid cup measure. Add buttermilk till it reaches the 1 cup mark. Dissolve the espresso powder into the liquid and set aside.
- Add the butter to the food process and pulse until dispersed and crumbly.
- While pulsing, slowly pour in the buttermilk mixture, adding just enough for the dough to come together. You may not need the whole amount, I didn't quite.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a 6" round, adding a little flour if it's too sticky.
- Cut the dough into 6 or 8 sections and place on a lined baking sheet.
- At this point I like to slip the pan into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to re-chill the butter, but this is optional.
- Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, depending on your oven and how many you've cut. They should be risen, lightly browned and firm on top. Don't overcook them, they don't take long.
- Cool on a rack before glazing.
- For the glaze, Combine the sugar, spice and extract and add just enough milk or cream to create a glaze. You can turn the scones upside down and dip them right into the glaze, spread it on with a knife, or drizzle it. Dust the finished scone with a little nutmeg or with whatever spice you've chosen to flavor your glaze.