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This recipe is a favorite from 101 Cookbooks. If you have not spent time with this site you should.  It is full of classic recipes, healthy alternatives, and stand-alone items with a sweet twist.  In the pantheon of blogs and cookbooks this site stands out as a place where I can always find something I like to eat and serve to my family.

Maple Syrup Scones

  • 1/4 cup real, good quality maple syrup (I recommend Coombs Maple Syrup Grade B)
  • 6 Tbsp milk or cream
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I recommend King Arthur Flour)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes (or rolled oats)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 11 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • large-grain sugar (site gives turbinado as an example)

Preheat oven to 400F degrees, rack in the top 1/3. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together the maple syrup and milk in a small cup, and set aside. Combine the flour, quinoa/oats, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Using a food processor, cut the butter into the flour mixture, pulsing until it resembles little pebbles in a beach of sandy flour (about 20 quick pulses). You can also cut the butter into the flour using a knife and fork, or smushing it through your thumb and fingertips. Now add the maple syrup milk. Pulse (or mix) until the dough just comes together – don’t over mix. If the batter is too dry add more cream a bit at a time -you want it to hold together w/o being crumbly.

Turn out onto a floured surface, kneed once or twice, just enough to bring the dough together. Now arrange the dough into a 1-inch thick rectangle (see photo). Trim the edges and slice the dough into nine equal-sized squares. Arrange the scones next to one another on the prepared baking sheet – 1/4-inch distance between each of them. Brush generously with the egg wash and sprinkle with the large-grain sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden along the bottom and tops.

Makes 9 scones.

Photo from 101 Cookbooks.