These soft and flaky cardamom scones drizzled with chai glaze are the perfect breakfast treat for Christmas morning - or any day of the year!
With Christmas just around the corner, what are you most looking forward to?
Is Christmas Eve your favorite part of the holiday? Putting out a plate of cookies for Santa, reading The Night Before Christmas while huddled around the fireplace in flannel pajamas, full of anticipation for the next morning.
Or are you most excited for Christmas morning, when the cookies you left for Santa have disappeared and been replaced by stockings and gifts under the tree? I can't wait for Christmas morning! I can't wait to spend the morning lounging around the tree with my family and to see their faces when they open the gifts that I'll be giving them.
Not to mention that I love Christmas morning breakfast! We always serve an assortment of sweet breads (like my fave Cranberry Walnut Bread), muffins, and scones - foods that you can easily eat while others are opening their gifts. It's no secret that I have a major sweet tooth, and I'm never disappointed!
These cardamom scones are the perfect addition to our Christmas morning spread. Apple sauce gives the dough it's slightly moist texture (no one likes a dry scone!), and quickly freezing the dough before baking gives the scones a delicious flakiness. Topped with a drizzle of chai-spiced glaze, these scones are sure to please!
[recipe title="Cardamom Scones with Chai Glaze" servings="8 scones"]
for the scones:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
8 T butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
for the glaze:
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1 pinch ground black pepper
2 T milk
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cardamom. Using a pastry blender, mix butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and applesauce. Pour the applesauce mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until the dough is moistened throughout.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle the parchment with flour. Divide the dough in half and place each half on the baking sheet. Gently flatten each mound of dough into a circle roughly 6 inches across and 1 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, slice each circle into 4 wedges. Gently lift each wedge and separate them from one another on the baking sheet.
Place the uncovered baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.* (This will improve the scones’ rise and flakiness.) Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F.
Bake scones until golden brown, approximately 16 minutes. Leave scones on the baking sheet to cool before glazing.
To make the glaze, mix the confectioner’s sugar, spices, and milk together in a bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the scones before serving.
Scones are best when served immediately, but leftovers will keep for a few days stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
*Tip: If you're not an early riser, make the dough the night before and place the wedges of dough on a baking sheet in the fridge overnight (instead of in the freezer for 30 minutes). In the morning, simply preheat the oven and bake.