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Maple Walnut Scones

I have an affinity for scones.  I love everything about them.  This past weekend I went to grab a coffee and a scone. I had my eye one a maple  scone, the last one in the case.  By the time I got to the counter and ordered it, someone in front of me had scooped it up.  Jerk.    

I used this recipe to try to make up for my lost scone.   As usual, I made a few changes:  

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour to replace white flour
  • Walnuts instead of pecans
  • Real maple syrup instead of maple extract

To start, cube  the butter   

Butter makes it better!

Then, chop the walnuts   

    

Using a pasty cutter (one of my best friends in the kitchen-just like using your hands but much less messy!) combine the dry ingredients with the butter until they form small, pea sized chunks. Then, mix in chopped walnuts. It was very hot and humid in Boston today, so I placed this mixture in the refrigerator while I worked on the wet ingredients to prevent the butter from melting.    

Oh hey best friend!

The next step is to mix the wet ingredients. Whisk together butter milk, two egg yolks and maple syrup.     

    

Combine with dry mixture    

    

Form dough into a circle and cut into six triangles.  Place each triangle onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.   Next time I think I will do eight sections because these scones ended up being about as big as my head!    

Looking Good!

I baked these in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.  I think this is one area where I went wrong.  I didn’t watch these closely and I think I overcooked them by about 3 minutes.  I also think trying to makes these a bit more healthy by using 1/2 whole wheat flour was a bad idea.  They tasted fine but a little too “healthy” and dry.    

For the glaze melt butter and whisk together with brown sugar, a few tablespoons of butter milk, and maple syrup.  Allow this mixture to cool for a few minutes.  Add powdered sugar until the mixture thickens up a bit.  Once scones have cooled completely, drizzle glaze on top.  It  is important to wait for the scones to cool or else the glaze will just slide right off!  And since these tasted so healthy, I think giving them a bath in glaze is a very important step.  To finish the scones, top with a few walnut pieces and enjoy!   

   

What is your favorite breakfast treat?   

[Lizzie]

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