Peach Pie Scones

By Chef Megan Joy / August 16, 2013

Well here we are, almost into September. Once again, summer has breezed by!  A few weeks ago I was on a major canning kick. Any produce we got our hands on I tried to preserve- crushed tomatoes, cucumber pickles, peach salsa, peach jam, apricot lavender jam, fig jam, plum butter, apricot orange marmalade…the list goes on. Zack picked a bunch of wild raspberries from the woods out back and we even made a jam out of those. It’s a labor of love but the sound of a jar sealing is so satisfying to me. It gives me a little thrill. It’s the simple things…

Last week my mom was visiting and we drove to Palisade for the day. I have never seen so many produce stands in one area in my life! Colorado certainly has some of the most beautiful country. I was reminded of this again today when I was delivering a cake to an area I’d never driven through. I love that Colorado continues to awe me.

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We have been enjoying the heaps of peaches that come along with late summer, and I’ve been trying to make a few treats here and there that just truly let the peaches in the recipe shine.

Browsing through some recipes I came across this old favorite. I’ve renamed this recipe “Peach Pie Scones” because that’s exactly what one of these tastes like. They’re magnificent. The scone dough bakes up tender and light, while the peach jam and fresh peaches make a splendid filling. For us, using  homemade jam and local peaches made them burst with flavor.

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How to make this high altitude adjusted recipe:
Peach Pie Scones adapted from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peach Pie Scones
Recipe type: High Altitude Baking
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + ¼ tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ cup peach jam
  • 1 peach, peeled, pitted, and diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Cut the butter into small cubes and add them to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to blend the butter into the four mixture.
  4. Blend until the butter is the size of small peas.
  5. Add the buttermilk and vanilla. Using your hand, stir slowly until a dough starts to form.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 10 x 9" rectangle.
  7. Spread the peach jam on the bottom half of the dough. Sprinkle the diced peach over the jam.
  8. Fold the top half of the dough over the jam and peaches.
  9. Using a large knife, cut the dough into six squares. Cut each square on the diagonal to form triangles.
  10. Sprinkle the tops of the scones with additional sugar, if desired, and transfer to parchment lined baking sheets. Make sure each scone is spaced at least 2" apart.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the scones are a light golden brown.
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  13. Makes 12 scones.
Note: This recipe was adapted for high altitude baking. To make at sea level, increase baking powder to 1 1/2 tablespoons and use 1 cup of buttermilk.

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Chef Megan Joy

6comments
Jan - August 16, 2013

Wow! I am blown away by this recipe. Almost like scone peach hand pies, for breakfast!
P.s. I too cannot believe we are halfway through August, practically September. I can barely tak about it I’m so upset. Where’d summer go?

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kelley {mountain mama cooks} - August 17, 2013

The peaches are just making their debut here in Utah. They’ve been absolutely wonderful! These look divine. I’ve got one jar of peach jam from last summer that needs using up! I’ve just started canning as well and still have a long list of things I’d like to get through before the season is over. Enjoy!!

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Mary Jewell - September 29, 2013

These peach scones were wonderful. I have been living in Colorado for a little over a year and love to bake. However I was ready to give up baking with so many failed recipes. Thanks for sharing yours. My only adjustment would be in oven temperature. My scones did not brown on the outside as yours did in the pictures. They were done just not brown. I baked them for 15 min. Unless my oven needs calibrated. Any suggestions.

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    Chef Megan Joy - September 29, 2013

    Hi Mary- I always enjoy a little bit of golden brown on my scones because as one of my chefs used to say “color equals flavor”. I think baked goods with a bit of golden brown have more flavor than ones that are pale, since they can sometimes taste mostly like flour and sugar. The oven time could be something on either of our ends- maybe the day I tested these my scones were a little smaller than yours, or maybe my oven is a bit hot. If you make this recipe again, just make a note for yourself to bake them until golden brown, which may take 15 min 🙂

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Jamie Blachman - September 30, 2013

These were a-mazing, thanks so much for the recipe! I’m currently living in Ecuador at about 8,600 ft. My scones are usually so small! These were HUGE and fluffy and just so delicious. My husband couldn’t stop eating them. I had to exercise all my self control to stop after one, lol. I will definitely be making these again and again! So glad I found you.

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