Peach Scones

Peach Scones- fluffy, buttery scones dotted with fresh peaches and finished with a sweet honey vanilla glaze. These homemade scones are going to become your new favorite breakfast treat.  Millions of peaches, peaches for me! I feel like we ha…

Peach Scones- fluffy, buttery scones dotted with fresh peaches and finished with a sweet honey vanilla glaze. These homemade scones are going to become your new favorite breakfast treat.  Millions of peaches, peaches for me! I feel like we have millions of peaches, thanks to our trees. We’ve picked SO many peaches. I have been eating…

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Strawberry Scones

Strawberry Scones-soft and tender scones bursting with fresh strawberries and finished with a sweet vanilla glaze. The perfect scone recipe for spring and summer. Strawberry Scones Scones are the perfect treat for breakfast, brunch, or dessert and thes…

Strawberry Scones-soft and tender scones bursting with fresh strawberries and finished with a sweet vanilla glaze. The perfect scone recipe for spring and summer. Strawberry Scones Scones are the perfect treat for breakfast, brunch, or dessert and these Strawberry Scones are perfect in every way. They are soft, tender, buttery, and bursting with fresh strawberries.…

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Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones

Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones
I do a lot of entertaining during the fall and winter, so I am always putting together desserts and brunch bakes that use some of my favorite fall flavors. These Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones make an outstanding addition to any holiday gathering, since they’re loaded with warming flavors.

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Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones
I do a lot of entertaining during the fall and winter, so I am always putting together desserts and brunch bakes that use some of my favorite fall flavors. These Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones make an outstanding addition to any holiday gathering, since they’re loaded with warming flavors.

Maple syrup is a fantastic sweetener because it adds a deep, rich flavor to baked goods, in addition to simply making them sweet. Good quality maple syrup is not inexpensive, and that is one of the reasons that people often shy away from using it in their baking. A high quality maple syrup is well worth the investment when it is used in a recipe where it is the star, since its flavor cannot be reproduced by using a less expensive ingredient, such as maple extract. That extract is an easy way to add a bit of extra flavor to a cake recipe that already has other ingredients working in it, but it won’t give you the same effect as the real thing in these Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones.

The scones are sweetened primarily with maple syrup and you can taste that maple flavor in every bite. I added a little bit of sugar to the dough to enhance the maple flavor without needing to drown the scones in syrup.

The spicy element of these scones comes from the addition of chopped Sweet and Spicy Pecans, addictive sweet and savory candied nuts that I make a lot around the holidays. They’re seasoned with a blend of spices, including cinnamon, cloves and cayenne pepper, and they contrast both in flavor and texture with the rest of the scones. I highly recommend making up a batch of the nuts, however you can buy similar spiced pecans that can be used in these scones, as well. I added a bit of cinnamon and cayenne to the scone dough to compliment the nuts.

The finished scones are tender, with a moist interior and a distinct – but not overly sweet – maple flavor. They can be eaten as-is, or spread with a little bit of butter. It might be tempting, but don’t use pancake syrup in place of the maple syrup in this recipe. I like to use Grade B maple syrups, or dark amber syrups, rather than the lighter “fancy” maple syrups because they have a stronger, more intense maple flavor that really comes through in the finished product.

Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecan Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup milk (any kind)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup sweet and spicy pecans, homemade or store-bought, chopped

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, spices, salt and sugar. Add in the butter and toss to coat. Rub butter in with your fingertips or a pastry blender until butter is in pieces no larger than a pea.
In a small bowl, stir together maple syrup, milk and vanilla extract. Pour into flour mixture, along with the pecans, and stir until dough comes together in a coarse, not-too-sticky ball. If mixture is too dry, add in a teaspoon or two of milk. If mixture is too wet, add in a few teaspoons of flour.
Transfer ball of dough to a lightly floured surface, divide in half and shape each half into a disc. Cut each disc into quarters and place them on your prepared baking sheet, allowing room for the triangles to spread slightly.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, until golden and set.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool before serving.

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pumpkin scones

Pumpkin Scones These scones are a family favorite, and might be what we wake up to this Christmas morning. “If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” —Lucy Larcom NOTES: Putting another baking sheet nestled directly underneath the one t…

Pumpkin Scones These scones are a family favorite, and might be what we wake up to this Christmas morning. “If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” —Lucy Larcom NOTES: Putting another baking sheet nestled directly underneath the one the scones are on helps keep the bottoms of the scones from browning too quickly before they fully bake. If you like the bottoms extra crisp, you can just use one pan. 2 ¼ cups (320 g) all-purpose flour 1/3 cup (66 g) sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsweetened pumpkin puree 1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing 1 large egg 1 large egg yolk ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks; 170 g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into ½-inch pieces Maple Icing 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 1 cup (113 g) confectioners’ sugar ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch salt Adjust an oven rack to the lower middle position. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Stack two baking sheets on top of each other and line the top sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, […]

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