Easy to make, Vanilla Hazelnut Scones are soft and flavorful, loaded with crunchy hazelnuts and topped with a flavorful caramel icing.
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Finally we have perfect weather on the East Coast, at least this is how it felt over the weekend. In anticipation to spend more and more time outdoors, I have hosted my first brunch party of the season. Me and a few girlfriends got together to feast on Vanilla Hazelnut Scones topped with a caramel flavored icing and sip on some much needed coffee.
Freshly baked Vanilla Hazelnut Scones served with fresh coffee and delicious coffee creamers is all I need for a happy start of the day! As a good hostess I have provided my guests with some delicious choices when it came to their coffee creamers. I introduced everyone to the new Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles in 3 amazing flavors: Vanilla, Caramel and Hazelnut. I actually used the caramel creamer to make the caramel flavored icing for the scones, which tasted amazing!
The new Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee creamer singles are extra creamy and extra flavorful! The coffee tastes amazing and the creamers don’t need to be refrigerated, which is perfect for outdoor parties and to just have some on hand anywhere. I loved the flavors so much, I am a huge fan of creamy, caramely coffee and these did the trick. Oh and don’t forget about the Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs that are made specifically for your Keurig® K-Cup® brewing system. You can enjoy some incredible coffee from the comfort of your own home.
Ok, so back to that brunch party and my delicious Vanilla Hazelnut Scones with Caramel Icing. I hosted my party in the BBQ area of our apartment complex. I went for a spring theme with fresh flowers to add some color and fun pom poms in white and pink.
For outdoor brunch parties I recommend a minimalistic and chic approach, fresh flowers always add a nice touch. A tablecloth is important as it will mark the area, and it will represent your serving area. A large, chic tray is a must have, it makes transporting items so much easier, and it makes the whole setting more organized. Pom poms and garlands to match your theme color will make the area more festive, they are also easy to hang.
I like to have favors for my guests, and sometimes they can get pricy, but if you get creative you can come up with sophisticated and useful favors that are actually fun. For instance, I bought some mason jars, that are perfect for hot or iced coffee, I filled them with fresh coffee beans and Dunkin’ Donuts® single creamers in different flavors. This is a perfect favor for a coffee lover.
Some freshly baked goods are perfect for a brunch party and I love making scones as they are super easy to make. You will absolutely love these scones, that are soft, I personally can’t stand scones that hurt your teeth. These Vanilla Hazelnut Scones are loaded with whole hazelnuts for a crunchy texture, they have a subtle vanilla flavor and the icing a nice caramel flavor. They are absolutely fabulous with a creamy cup of coffee.
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- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour + ⅓ cup if needed
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
- ⅓ cup whole milk - for brushing
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 Dunkin' Donuts® Caramel Coffee Creamer Singles
- 2 vanilla beans, seeds only (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
- Butter and flour a baking sheet or scone pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add butter and rub in with your fingertips until butter is reduced to the size of rice grains.
- In a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer fitted with the wire attachment or a hand mixer, whisk together ¾ cups milk, egg yolk and vanilla. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients; mix until dough comes together in moist clumps. Mix in hazelnuts. If the dough is too sticky, add the remaining ⅓ cup of flour. Gather dough into a ball.
- Press dough out on a lightly floured surface into an 8-inch round; cut round into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet spacing 1 inch apart; or to scone pan.
- Brush scones lightly with milk and bake until the scones become crusty and the top is golden; a tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 - 23 minutes.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
- Mix creamer, vanilla bean seeds and sugar in a medium bowl until smooth, drizzle over the cooled scones.