It may sound strange--olive oil instead of butter in a scone--but the scones turn out quite tasty. They are crispy on the outside, soft and moist inside, and very, very tender. Studded with blueberries and tasting faintly of orange, the scones are one of my favorites, even without the butter. I use frozen blueberries in the recipe, and the frozen berries help with the texture of the scone, keeping the dough cold as you mix the ingredients. You can certainly make the scones in a regular oven, if you prefer, but I generally use the air fryer, which browns the scones better and makes the exteriors more crispy than if you bake the scones in the oven. With no butter to cut in, the scones mix up in minutes, and you can air fry them in about 15 minutes. The scones are great for a special breakfast, with your coffee or tea, or even for a simple dessert. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Blueberry and Olive Oil Scones -- Makes 6-9
1/2 cup of olive oil (extra virgin is fine)
Grated zest from 2 clementines or an orange
1/3 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of white whole-wheat flour (or use all-purpose flour)
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of frozen blueberries (don't thaw them)
Sugar to sprinkle, optional
Cut small pieces of baking parchment to fit your air fryer basket. In a large bowl mix together well the olive oil, clementine/orange zest, and sugar. Stir in the flours, baking powder, and salt until just combined. Gently fold in the blueberries until fully incorporated. Drop small scoops of the dough (about 1/4 cup) onto the parchment, leaving an inch and a half to two inches between the dough mounds. With damp hands you can shape up the dough mounds into rounds, if you want. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the dough mounds (optional). Put one dough-topped piece of parchment in your air fryer basket, put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the scones at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until a golden brown and just firm to the touch. Remove the scones to cool and repeat the cooking process with the remaining dough. Alternatively, you can bake the scones in a regular oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.