pomegranate + white chocolate scones | the vanilla bean blog
Do you mean to tell me you will see no fissure?
Do you prefer to look on the plain side?

For all that, the setting suns are open.
The end cracks open with the beginning:
Rosy, tender, glittering within the fissure.

Do you mean to tell me there should be no fissure?
No glittering, compact drops of dawn?
Do you mean it is wrong, the gold-filmed skin, integument,
shown ruptured?

For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken.
It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.
-D.H. Lawerence, Pomegranate
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{I have a Holiday mix for you! And one from last year, too!}

pomegranate + white chocolate scones
adapted from Ina Garten and Cooks Illustrated

I’ve been making scones the same way for years – an adaption of Ina Garten’s Strawberry Scones from her first cookbook. However, I recently made Cooks Illustrated’s blueberry scones and loved their technique of grating the butter and folding the dough over to create layers. I decided to try it out with my scone recipe, and, it was so good! And, I’ll never go back! So here’s my version of things. You can watch this video if you need help shaping the scones (the recipe will be different, but the technique the same). If you need help cutting a pomegranate, here’s a video to teach you. Also. Pomegranates and white chocolate! I can’t get enough.

2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup pomegranate seeds
2 (or 3, if you need to) ounces white chocolate, chopped into small squares
heavy cream for brushing
1-2 tablespoons sugar for sprinkling

Position a rack in the center of the oven and the preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, sour cream, vanilla, and eggs. Grate the frozen butter on the large holes of a box cutter and add it to the flour mixture. Toss with your fingers until the butter is evenly coated. Add the cream mixture to the flour mixture and fold with a spatula until just combined. Transfer the dough to a floured surface, and dust the top of the dough with flour. Knead the dough 6 to 8 times, until it resembles a ragged ball (add more flour if it is sticking too much).

Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12 inch square. Fold the dough in thirds (a business letter fold). Lift the short ends of the dough and fold into thirds again, making a 4 inch square. Transfer dough to a baking sheetย  or plate dusted with flour, and chill in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Bring the chilled dough back to your floured surface, and roll into a 12 inch square again. Sprinkle the pomegranates and white chocolate over the dough, then press them down gently into the dough. Using a bench scraper, loosen the dough from the surface, and roll it into a cylinder (roll it like a jelly-roll log to help incorporate the pomegranates and chocolate). Roll the cylinder so it is seam side down, and then press into a 12 by 4 inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut the rectangle crosswise into 4 equal rectangles, then cut each rectangle diagonally to form 2 triangles. Transfer the triangles to the baking sheet.

Brush the tops with a little heavy cream and sprinkle them generously with sugar (coarse sugar is nice here). Bake until the tops and bottoms are golden brown, 18-25 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking. Tranfer the sheet to a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes before serving.

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28 Responses to pomegranate + white chocolate scones

  1. I need to try this pomegranate and white chocolate dessert combo! I am thinking muffins or cookies.

  2. These are seriously some very lovely scones you have here!

  3. molly says:

    how had i never seen this d.h. lawerence lovely? a thousand thanks for bringing it to my attention. (and a thousand thumbs up to the fold-over technique. it’s a marvel, for rolls as for scones.)

    happy december,

  4. An interesting combination, that’s for sure! Looks amazing

  5. I’ve been excited to see the recipe for these ever since you first shared them on instagram. I can’t wait to try them ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sophia says:

    I love pomegranates (and am so excited to finally live in a place where they grow and I can pick them fresh off the tree at my boyfriend’s mum’s house!) and as much as purists tend to shun white chocolate, I love it in all its glory. Super intrigued by the scone technique too – just watched the video and it is completely different to how I make my scones but maybe I need to give it a go – both the blueberry scones and your scones look so so delicious!

    • Sarah says:

      I can’t imagine picking a pomegranate from the tree. That sounds perfect. I’m not a huge white chocolate fan, but loved it with the pomegranate. And, I wasn’t sure about the fold-over technique for scones, but it’s genius.

  7. Skye says:

    What beautiful photographs. Stunning and wonderfully evocative. And I love the idea of pomegranate and white chocolate together. Classic yet sophisticated. Heaven.

  8. Medha says:

    I love pomegranate, can’t get enough of them – but never tried to combine with dessert/sweet! Your recipe looks delicious, I can’t go wrong with combination of pomegranate and white chocolate! I so want to try this fold over technique – totally make sense. Thanks for mentioning it!

  9. Tieghan says:

    I honestly am putting pomegranates in everything I can these days! I love them! These scones are so right up my alley!

  10. Kathryn says:

    Intrigued to try this scone technique, I can imagine it produces an excellent texture in a scone. And the flavours here! One of my absolute favourite combinations. So beautiful.

  11. Sarah says:

    And here I thought these lovelies were sharing cranberries from your instagram shot.. But pomegranate, way amazing! Love that first photo so much. Happy holidays to you and your family Sarah. xoo

  12. Back when I used butter I would totally grate it into my scones! I forgot where I read it, but I remember thinking then how genius it was. I always love how your scones come out, and your use of fillings! Pom + white chocolate, dreamy!

  13. Wonderful! Now you had me curious to try that technique out. I’ve read about freezing and grating the butter other places, but never tried it. Will try for sure next time I make scones. Your blog is lovely btw ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I am not a lover of white chocolate, but you’ve piqued my curiosity with this pretty little scone. Such beautiful words as well.

  15. Julie says:

    Lovely! I’ve never made anything with pomegranate before, but I am going to try these.

  16. So would you say it’s easier to grate butter or put it in the food processor? I heard grating butter is a good way to get it soft if you somehow did not have soft, room temperature butter. I’m lazy so I just toss whatevers into the food processor. …

    and poetry too? d.h. lawrence. what a gem.

  17. This is what I want to wake up to tomorrow. I know I saved a pomegranate for something!

  18. laurie says:

    These look perfect for Christmas brunch. Do you think I could make them the day before and bake them off in the morning? Thanks – your photos are lovely.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Laurie!
      Cooks Illustrated says you can – when you put the scones on the baking sheet (after cutting them into triangles), refrigerate them overnight, and then continue with the remaining directions in the morning. I haven’t tried it, but they are usually right!

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