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lavender blueberry scones

Imagine this … a little girl turning 4. She tells her mother she knows exactly what she wants for her birthday. She’ll ask all her funnest of friends to dress in their finest of fine. She’ll tell them each to bring along their favorite furry stuffed companion.  And they’ll all come, laughing and tittering to her tea party! The stuffed friends will have their own table with their own tea set and treats. { They’ll get to know each other this way.}  And all the girls will gather around a table set with floral linens, lace doilies, silver tea service, brilliant bouquets of flowers, all sorts of fruits in bite-size, and scones in miniature. { Some will even practice speaking in their idea of a good British accent. } And when their tummies are full they can all retire to the lawn out back and be blindfolded and spun and play pin the cup on the saucer; then they’ll take turns (being as how they’re young ladies) swinging upside down like monkeys from the swing set!

This was Clara’s idea of the perfect birthday party.

Not a one of us could disagree.

When Clara was first learning to say her name, she called herself Lala. We’ve a hard time calling her anything but Lala ever since because Lala somehow suits her best.

~  She’s a sweet little song in the mouth, that girl!  ~

And thus, we’ve named these little treats…

Lala’s Lavender & Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon lavender sugar (See NOTE)

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 stick ( 4 ounces ) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2/3 cup ( approximately ) buttermilk

1/4  to 1/3 cup dried blueberries

2 Tablespoons butter melted ( for brushing )

several tablespoons lavender sugar ( for sprinkling )

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NOTE: to make  lavender sugar  (a treat more scrumptious than perhaps you can imagine!) :

Place 1 Tablespoon culinary lavender (you can find sources on line or I’ll share one at the bottom of the post)

along with 1 Tablespoon sugar in a little spice grinder. Whir til all the bits are fully incorporated into the sugar. (This will be a fine lavender-y powder.) Now stir this in with 2 cups of granulated sugar. Mix thoroughly. Store in a lidded jar. Wait about 2 days before using, and then use frequently – on sliced fruits (berries, peaches)! Dusting cookies. In your tea. In dozens of desserts to replace regular sugar. Once you’ve tasted this sweetness you’ll figure it out!

I’ve used a mini-scone pan for these, but you can make them without. Simply cut as instructed and lay out about 1/4-inch apart on a baking sheet.

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Preheat oven to 375F (190C)

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add the cold butter pieces and, using your fingers, squeezing the pieces of butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Allowing some largish pieces of butter to remain will add to the scones’ flakiness. Add the dried blueberries and stir.

Pour in  2/3 cup of buttermilk and, using a fork, mix only until the ingredients are just moistened. What you’ll have at this point is a soft dough with a rather rough look. (If the dough is dry and crumbly add 1 teaspoon or so more buttermilk.)

Gather the dough into a ball, pressing it together gently until it holds together. Turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it briefly. About a dozen turns should do the trick.

Before kneading.

Roll out the dough, flouring as needed, into a 9-inch  (23 cm) square and about ¾-inch (2 cm) thick. Brush on melted butter and sprinkle with lavender sugar.

I used mostly lavender sugar, with a sprinkling of larger white crystals, just to sparkle.

Cut into 4 equal-sized squares, then cut each square diagonally into 4 triangles.

Cut, sprinkled and ready to bake.

Press each triangle into a well of the prepared pan.

Bake until the scones are golden, about 20 to 23 minutes. Invert onto a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Lala likes hers with a brisk cup of herbal tea. blown on by her mother until it’s cool.

To print & save this recipe, click here.

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I’ve purchased my Organically grown culinary lavender from a couple of different suppliers.

Olive National – www.OliveNation.com

and from The Enchanted Wilderness – catey13@aol.com

You can find other sources on line.

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29 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful photos — especially the first shot of “Lala” and the wrapped scones.

    September 8, 2012
    • Thanks so much Sharyn. She’s as sweet as they come.

      September 8, 2012
  2. whiskydrinkinchimneysweep #

    What a tasty idea with the blueberries and lavendar. I can almost taste it.

    September 8, 2012
    • It’s even better than my imagination imagined. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

      September 8, 2012
  3. Ah, blueberry scones, a freshly made pot of Earl Grey tea, some good company, and the opportunity to nibble, sip and chat at one’s leisure. “Lala” was right about what makes a perfect party.

    September 8, 2012
    • We could take a lesson (thousands) from kids on how to live a happy life!

      September 8, 2012
  4. I like the idea of a tea party. No big generator powered jumping machines or clowns! The scones look wonderful.

    September 8, 2012
    • I so agree – who needs the old wind bags? (and clowns can be freaky!) And thanks, the scones really were good ones…

      September 8, 2012
  5. Adorable photos of “Lala” and what a lovely little party that looks like. These are such pretty scones and I must make some lavender sugar…a great idea!

    September 8, 2012
    • Lavender sugar, yes you should! 🙂 Don’t you want to squeeze those plump tanned arms of hers!? 🙂

      September 8, 2012
  6. You had me at lavender! My favorite herb. These are fantastic Spree and your little Lala looks like an Angel. I remember my Suzie Q asked for a tea party birthday when she was 8. I was so surprised, but it was such a funny request I had to indulge. Happy Birthday to Miss LaLa!

    September 8, 2012
  7. Kelly Loggan #

    Oh Ani, this absolutely warmed and filled my heart so much, that I got teary with how sweet and special this “share” is! What a Heavenly Birthday for Lala

    September 8, 2012
  8. now that is a good idea! I might just do that for my daughter’s birthday!

    September 8, 2012
  9. What a delightful birthday party for a lovely little girl. Love the idea of Lala and her friends dressing up and sipping tea, then swinging madly upside down! I just might do that myself, one of these days. And I’ll be sure to have some of these tempting scones, too. The lavender sugar sounds like something I’d like to try … a delicate whisper of lavender to make scones even more enchanting. I won’t need to order my lavender online; I’m fortunate to live not too far from a lavender farm.

    September 8, 2012
  10. That is about the cutest thing ever! I should certainly be having more tea parties with my little girls. 🙂

    September 8, 2012
  11. Your post, Spree, had me grinning from beginning to end. Such a picture you painted of Lala and her friends so very lady-like at her tea and then swinging on the swing set, giving new meaning to the term “monkeying around.” This is a birthday party she’ll never forget and that’s probably the best present she received that day.
    My sister is 11 months my junior. When she was born, I was unable to pronounce her name and called her DeeDee, the name she carries to this day :).

    September 8, 2012
  12. Mama, I loved your retelling of Lala’s little tea party. We had fun, didn’t we? Thank you so much, too, for those amazing little scones — though they caused us all to be a bit un-tea party-ish as we positively SCARFED them down. 🙂 Lala was so glad you could make it! xoxo

    September 8, 2012
  13. Promenade Claire #

    Oh to 4 ! What a grand tea party, I could have joined in with the accent, and the munching 😉

    September 9, 2012
  14. Thank you for planning my 41st birthday party. Perfection!

    September 9, 2012
  15. How cute! The story and the scones! So pretty. Also, isn’t Lala the name of a tellytubby? Haha – awesome.

    September 9, 2012
  16. Mari Anna #

    Adorable!

    September 9, 2012
  17. What a beautiful post Spree! Of course Lala is just too cute for words – she deserves the very best of birthdays (what an age *sigh*)…wonderful recipe too! Love it!

    September 9, 2012
  18. Happy belated birthday sweet Lala..
    She is indeed a little lady with fine taste, but how can she not be when she grew up around the wonderfully kind and talented Spree 🙂

    September 9, 2012
  19. Annie #

    Oh, Yay! I knew I was saving my organic, food-grade lavender for some great recipe of yours. Now, I just need one of those scone cutters! Love the photos!

    September 10, 2012
  20. So very sweet. Thanks for the flashback for those with little girls or boys who loved tea parties.

    September 10, 2012
  21. Ahhhh.. I love lavender, but you know that:) And now I love the littlest “spree”.. the wee “spree” in the making! She’s definitely a dainty little lady and a girl after my own heart. I love how Lala sips her tea so delicately!! Loved this post today, spree!! xx

    September 11, 2012
  22. deb schneider #

    Ohhhh, soooo lovely!!

    September 25, 2012

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