Peach Scones with Almond Glaze

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Loads of juicy peaches and almonds take these homemade peach scones to a whole new level! They’re moist, tender, and have chunks of peaches in every bite. Topped with a thick, sweet almond drizzle.

This post has been updated with new content and photos. The original post was first published August 22, 2014.

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Peach Scones

Did you know that August is National Peach Month?

I’ve been thinking of nothing but peaches and what different recipes I can create with them. So far there’s peach ice cream, peach pound cake, and peach blueberry galette on the blog.

But I was craving a scone.

A peach one! With a soft center, crisp edges. One that is moist and flaky. Maybe a bit like cake but crumbles lightly. A scone that you are sure to never forget.

Your house will smell like a peach cobbler while these beauties bake up. I was salivating. It made the first bite so much sweeter!

The sweet almond glaze takes this scone right over the top. It’s a simple glaze with powdered sugar, heavy cream, and almond extract.

Don’t be afraid to layer on the glaze. The almond flavor pairs so well with the peaches.

These peach almond scones are irresistible. You can glaze them while they are still warm and the glaze will melt, seeping down into the scone.

Or wait until they cool before glazing. The glaze will set up nice and firm on top of the scones, leaving you with a beautiful presentation.

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Can I use frozen peaches in peach scones?

This recipe calls for fresh peaches but frozen peaches can be used. There’s no need to thaw them first but they do need to be diced small. Frozen peaches can be challenging to cut through so be extra cautious if you choose to do this.

What can I use instead of buttermilk?

Regular yogurt will work great for this peach scone recipe. And to get more flavor, try using peach yogurt.

Main ingredients for peach scones

Peaches – For the best flavor choose fresh ripened peaches. Peaches are in season June through August but of course the later in the season, the tastier the peaches!

Cold butter – Always work with cold butter. It helps keep the scones tender and flaky.

Buttermilk – I use buttermilk for all my scone recipes now because it creates such a wonderfully textured scone. It also works with the baking soda and powder to give the scones a beautiful rise.

How to make peach scones with almond glaze?

Step 1: Make the dough

Use a pastry blender to cut butter into the flour mixture. Toss in diced peaches and almond slices. Add just enough of the buttermilk/egg mixture to moisten the dough so it holds together.

Step 2: Shape the dough

Knead the dough and press it into a 7-inch round circle. Cut the circle into 8 triangle shaped wedges.

peach scone dough shaped into a flat disc

peach scone dough cut into eight triangles

Step 3: Bake and glaze

Freeze the wedges for 30 minutes then bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown. Let them cool slightly then top with almond glaze.

Freezing the wedges helps to ensure the butter is super cold and the scones bake up tall and stunning!

 

almond glaze in a glass bowl

angled closeup of peach scones on a baking sheet

Tips for this peach scone recipe:

  • The dough can handle some kneading but be careful to not overwork it. Handling the dough too much can result in tough, chewy scones.
  • Fresh or frozen peaches work best for this recipes. Avoid using canned peaches as they are too soft and wet for the scone dough.
  • You may not need all the liquid called for in the recipe. Add just enough to bind the ingredients together. The dough shouldn’t be wet and sticky.
  • Freeze the scones before baking. Preheat the oven while the scones sit in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Freezing the scones helps to ensure they won’t spread a ton as they bake.

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Peach Scones with Almond Glaze

Loads of juicy peaches and almonds take these homemade peach scones to a whole new level!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword peach scone recipe, scones
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Freezing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields 8 scones
Calories 271 kcal
Author Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

For the scones

  • 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 1 cup peeled and diced peaches
  • 1/4 cup almond slices
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk *
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk

For the glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

Make the scones

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda, together.

  2. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender, 2 knives, or your fingertips. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Stir in the diced peaches and almond slices.

  3. Whisk the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla together and gradually add it to the flour mixture. Stir just until the dough comes together. You may not need all the buttermilk. Add a little at a time until the mixture is moist but not too wet. Do not over mix the dough or the scones will be tough.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and gently knead the dough four or five times. Pat the dough into a 7 inch round circle. Cut the circle in half, then cut each half into four triangle shaped wedges.
  5. Arrange the scones 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the scones in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, position the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F.
  7. Remove the scones from the freezer and brush the tops with milk or cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Top with glaze and serve immediately.

Make the glaze

  1. Combine the ingredients for the glaze in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth and spreadable.

Make ahead tip

  1. You can refrigerate the dough overnight then simply shape the scones and bake them the next day.
  2. Scones will keep for up to 2 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
  3. Scones can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe Notes

*Buttermilk works best for this recipe but regular yogurt will also work. Try using peach yogurt for more peach flavor.

1. The scones need to be cold when going into the oven. Placing the shaped dough into the freezer for 30 minutes ensures the scones will bake up light and fluffy.

2. Alternatively, you can place the scone dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

This recipe yields 8 large scones. For smaller scones, cut the dough into 16 pieces instead of 8. Watch the scones closely as they bake because smaller scones may require a shorting baking time.

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

Jen Sobjack

Jen has a passion for baking and she’s dedicated to bringing you classic dessert recipes filled with more flavor and creativity. When Jen isn’t in the kitchen she’s traveling with her husband in search of the best places with the greatest experiences. You can follow their travel journeys on Instagram and Youtube!

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26 Comments

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Just reading this recipe I know it’s delish! Peaches are definitely on my mind right now as well. Thanks for the note about not substituting certain ingredients – I probably would have tried and then kicked myself for doing so! Will put these on my will make list for the next time I have company. Thanks!

  • Patti

    Oh my goodness. Those look so good that they have me drooling on my keyboard. I have a peach tree in my side yard. I am definitely making these. Thanks for sharing.

  • mjskit

    No I didn’t know that August was National Peach month! I’ve been eating one every day, but haven’t done a post. So glad you did! I love these peach scones! I’m buying some more tomorrow and this recipe just got added to my list of peach recipes to make.

  • Lloyd

    This is a very good recipe. I did realize that in the instructions, the two sugars were omitted from being listed with the dry ingredients when it directs you to mix together. Don’t forget the sugars. The instructions stated that the dough may be wet and sticky. I did not find that to be the case, at all. The dough was typically “scone-like” in that it was perfectly crumbly, leading to a nice tender finished product. Also, in spite of the fact that I had a beautifully fresh peach, straight from the tree, the peach flavor was somewhat muted, and the almond flavor was more predominant. But, for a summer scone, these are very good.

    • Jen

      Thank you for the feedback, Lloyd! I had no idea I left the sugars out of the instructions. I really appreciate you bringing this to my attention so that I can correct it. I’m glad you ended up with the perfect textured dough. I think it all depends on the quality of flour. Less quality flours tend to be finer, which could lead to a more sticky dough. And, you can always replace the almond with vanilla to brighten the peach flavor or omit the glaze all together. But I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe.

  • Mary A Morse

    I love anything with peaches!!! My husband and I have a couple of our neighbor ladies that we see when we walk everyday. On is 93 and her cousin is in her 80’s and they walk 2 miles every morning. My other neighbor is an expert on teas so we put together a little tea party for our lady friends. I made your scones and everyone was really impressed and loved them. When I took them out of the oven they were heavenly. The aroma of the almonds and the peaches was incredible. We will do this again soon for them and I will try something different for the fall but I don’t think they will come close to these scones. Of course I will continue to make them for other event. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jen

      I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the scones. It’s one of my favorite recipes. I do have some fall flavored scones if you’d like to try them out. They can be found under the scone category as well as the fall category. Look for apple, sweet potato, pumpkin, and orange cranberry!