Fruit and Nut Scones

I'll just cut right to the chase this time: These fruit and nut scones are terrific.

Fruit and nut scones

They're based on Alton Brown's scones recipe, just like the Mini Vanilla Scones I talked about last week. This, though, is my favorite iteration. They're chockful of yummy dried apricots, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans.

Apricots cranberries and pecans oh my

Yum!

So even though they're not the least fattening fare in town, at least some healthy stuff is packed in there. Justification – something I'm very good at!

Here's the recipe.

Fruit and Nut Scones

Adapted from Alton Brown's scones recipe

Ingredients:

Scones

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Using a pastry blender, a couple of knives, or your fingers, cut the 4 tablespoons of butter and the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

    Flour mixture with butter and shortening

  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, then mix in the heavy cream. 
  5. Create a well in the dry mixture, then pour the cream mixture in.

    Pour the wet ingredients into the dry
     

  6. Mix just until the dough starts to stick together.
  7. Stir in the apricots, cranberries, and nuts.
  8. Work it as little as possible after this point – the less you work it, the more tender the final product is. 
  9. Turn the scone dough out onto a floured board.
  10. Roll into an approximately 6 inch by 9 inch rectangle.
  11. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out the scones.  

    Cut out shapes

  12. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

    On the cookie sheet

  13. Bake for 13-15 minutes – I check for just a teensy tinge of golden brown along the bottom.
  14. And, of course, enjoy!

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