Tonight I made these scones with my cousin, CeAnn, and they are TO DIE FOR! They are really simple and have a fast prep time (30 minutes!) – perfect to make for breakfast or afternoon tea with the girls! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
- 2 cups All-purpose Flour
- ¼ cups Sugar (maple, If You Have It!)
- 1-¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
- ¼ teaspoons Salt
- ½ cups Butter, Cold And Cut Into Pieces
- ½ cups Pecans, Toasted And Chopped
- ⅔ cups Buttermilk
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (grade B)
TIP: We didn’t have heavy whipping cream on hand so I substituted 1 part milk and 1 part yogurt (to total 3/4 c.).
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the rack in the upper third or upper half of the oven. This will hopefully help prevent the bottom from browning too quickly.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped nuts. In a small measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and maple syrup, then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined; do not overmix or the scones will not be as light and fluffy.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough gently four or five times, just to complete the mixing process. Pat the dough into a circle about 7″ round and 1 1/2″ thick. Cut in half, then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges. You will have 8 scones. Place the scones on the baking sheet, slightly pulled apart, maybe 1/2″ space between them. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack to cool.