Monday, March 28, 2011

Brown Sugar Maple Scones

YUM! I made these this past Sunday for the ladies- we sat at Peet’s coffee, enjoying the first day of sunshine in weeks, eating scones and drinking coffee! These scones are not very sweet, but they have a good maple flavor. These are also good with almond or walnut pieces in them.

Brown Sugar Maple Scones

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, loosely packed + 1 Tablespoon
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening (non-hydrogenated)
3/4 Cup Milk Alternative
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (if you don’t, your scones will BURN). In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and salt. Add and cut in the shortening with pastry cutter/food processor or a couple of knives to a coarse crumb texture. Add the milk and maple syrup and stir well with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together, finishing up by hand if necessary to form a ball. The mixture will be more watery than you think, but go with it. With a big spoon, scoop out a glob and put it on the parchment paper- you should get about 10 scones (oddly shaped, just how I like ‘em). Sprinkle more brown sugar on top. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until golden.

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