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I know, I know, I have told a lot of people that I am not a pastry person, that I could easily live without doughnuts or cakes or scones or breakfast breads. This is actually true if you are talking about commercial bakery items. But I must come clean. I accidentally found a scone that is so good, so geared to my funny, odd taste buds… this scone is so sublime that I cannot stop making and eating these.
I make these without any machinery, instead, I use a pastry cutter for the butter and a spatula to mix everything together. In the end, I knead the dough six times then make the circle of dough right on the cookie sheet, cut it there and spread out the wedges. Fewer dishes to wash!
It doesn’t happen often, though it’s happened before — I land upon some type of food that I really love and I repeatedly eat it over and over and over and over, often until I simply cannot eat another one. I’ll let you know when that happens!
BEST EVER Apricot Whole Wheat Scones
Yield 8 nice sized scones (6 if you make them big)
- ¾ cup regular unbleached flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch of fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Orange rind grated from ½ of a large naval orange
- 2 heaping tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons cold salted butter, diced into ¼ inch cubes
- ½ cup (or a bit more) dry apricots (chopped in ¼ inch pieces)
- ½ cup 2% milk-save 1/2 tsp for topping before baking
- 2 Tbsp whole Greek yogurt Or kefir
- 1 tbsp raw Turbinado sugar for the topping
Set a rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk to blend well. Add the orange rind and brown sugar, whisking again, and then add the pieces of butter. Using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture until there are no lumps of butter bigger than the size of a pea. Stir in the dried apricots. Add about three-quarters of the milk , and using a fork, stir it into the dry ingredients. If it seems too dry and crumbly, add more milk as needed, but start sparingly, so that the dough doesn’t wind up sticky. Once the dough is coming together, put down the fork and finish bringing it together with your hands, pressing it and turning it to incorporate all the flour.
Turn the dough out onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet and pat dough into an 8-inch circle. Brush the top with the reserved milk mixture (or extra milk if you needed the entire milk/yogurt mix for the dough) and sprinkle the top with raw sugar, pressing lightly to be sure it sticks. Cut into eight even triangles like a pie and arrange on the same cookie sheet.
Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden. Cool on a rack. Serve warm – or, if eating later, reheat gently before eating.
So so so good. These stay in the freezer once cooled and wrapped for up to three months. As if!