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Serve these buttery scones with your favorite jam for a special breakfast

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They may be called cream scones, but a big part of the magic of this treat comes from the butter. Adding little pieces of cold butter to the flour mixture (with the help of the food processor) creates little pockets of butter in the dough. When the scones are baking, the water in that butter turns into steam. That steam creates little pockets of air, which help the scones turn out super flaky.

The cream is not for nothing: It makes the scones taste deliciously rich. We like to serve these scones with our favorite jam — and sometimes even more butter!

Simple Cream Scones

Makes 8 scones

2 cups (10 ounces) all-­purpose flour

3 tablespoons sugar


1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-­inch pieces and chilled

1 cup (8 ounces) heavy cream


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