Thursday, May 28, 2009

Honey Almond Scones

This delicious recipe comes from Julie Hyzy's fun culinary mystery, State of the Onion (see post below). The recipe makes eight scones, but they're quite large, so you could probably cut it into 12 or even 16 pieces if you like.
And the frosting? Yum.
1/4 c. buttermilk or plain yogurt (I used milk and added about 1/2 t. lemon juice)
3/4 c. honey
2 eggs
1/4 t. almond extract
3 c. flour
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, chilled
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. finely chopped almonds
3 T. butter, melted
1 t. vanilla
2 drops almond extract
1 T. hot water
1 c. powdered sugar
Put a sheet of parchment paper on cookie sheet. Set aside.
In small bowl, stir together buttermilk or yogurt, honey, eggs, and almond extract. Set aside.
In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender, until the butter is well distributed in small bits throughout. (You can use clean fingers to finish the job, if you like.) Add sugar and almonds and mix.
Add wet ingredients to dry, and stir until a ball forms. With floured hands, knead 5 to 6 times until it's well blended.
Plop dough onto parchment paper and pat down into circle (maybe 9 inches across). Smooth it out so it's evenly thick throughout. Cut into wedges. (Hyzy recommends 8, but you can cut into 12 or 16 pieces if you like. I made 8, but we ended up cutting most of the scones in half before eating. But then we ended up eating two wedges anyway, so I suppose it all works out in the end.)
Bake at 375 degrees until medium golden brown. The recipe says for 25 minutes, but my oven runs hot so I took mine out after 17 or 18 minutes.
For frosting, mix together butter, vanilla, almond extract, and water. Add powdered sugar and stir well. You can add more hot water, 1 t. at a time, until the glaze has the consistency of thick syrup. Spoon over warm scones.
Now kick off your shoes and enjoy your scone with a good book (like State of the Onion).



Blogger Donna-FFW said...

These scones sound absolutely delicious!! First time to your blog, and it is lovely. Nice to meet you. I am going to check out the books below now!

May 28, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Love the scones and really love the frosting.

May 28, 2009 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Ruby said...

Hi Lynn,
Thanks onece agian!
I am getting such a collection of must try recipes.... just need to make time to do them. Most scone recipes I have tried end up too heavy ( rocks!)

May 28, 2009 at 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Liza said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll keep a copy. :)

May 28, 2009 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

A well-done scone is a thing of beauty. Truly one of my favorite ways to start the day. Thanks!

May 29, 2009 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger Sherri Murphy said...

This looks incredibly tasty!

May 29, 2009 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Berji's domain said...

I have honey, I have almonds. I have a weekend coming up... sounds like a perfect combination, eh? Thanks for the recipe!

May 29, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, I love love love scones! These are beautiful, Lynn!

Thanks for visiting ReTorte and commenting! Always nice to get new readers.

May 29, 2009 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Marta said...

Oh wow, they look great! I love sweetening things with honey. It not only adds sweet, but also a certain perfume to baked goods. Lovely!

May 29, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger The Diva on a Diet said...

Mmm, the only thing better than a scone is a *frosted* scone. Yum! These look and sound terrific!

May 29, 2009 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooh, honey and almond go so well together. Perfect breakfast (or anytime!) treat.

May 29, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Ticia said...

Wow Those scones sound yummy I will have to give them a try!

May 31, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE scones, but I've never had one frosted! We will have our son and his family here for a week in July, and I'll definitely try this recipe on them. It's always nice to have a group so that you know whatever you make WILL be eaten, as opposed to just Hubby (who doesn't care for scones) and me!

But, these look delicious, so maybe I don't WANT to share them!

June 1, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger DarcyLee said...

This looks like a keeper-the frosting definitely convinced me :)

June 1, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Mmmmm..... scones. Gotta love em'!

June 8, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

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