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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Maple Glazed Pecan Scones

Break out a hot cup of coffee or tea and sit down and relax with one of these scones. 
They are the perfect treat for a cold winter day!

We are on day #5672 of being stuck in the house and not having preschool due to the extreme cold temps.  I think the high was 3 degrees today?
Pretty balmy.
The natives are getting pretty restless.  So restless that tonight at about 4:47 p.m. I texted a girlfriend and asked her to come over and save my sanity.  It must have been bad at her house too, as it didn't take much convincing.  She loaded up her 6 year old and 1.5 year old TWINS and came over.
You know it's bad when you'll pack up the twins and head out into the death cold.  Our kids played, fought, tattled on each other and stuffed their faces with pizza, but LET ME TELL YOU, it was much better than sitting at home alone for the 5,672nd day in a row.

In an exhausted effort to keep the littles busy we also baked {along with craft hour, puzzle hour, play with new toys hour and movie and popcorn hour}.
My three year old loves to bake with me.  If I have my back turned at the kitchen counter it only takes a few seconds for me to hear her dragging a kitchen chair over to me so she can see what I'm doing.  It usually ends up pretty messy and there might be some yelling involved.....but gosh darnit we make some pretty scones, don't we?

These were inspired by a new jug of maple syrup we got at the store the other day.  I love the taste of maple and as it was staring at me in the face the other day, along with a leftover bag of powdered sugar from the holidays....PLUS, 12 sticks of butter in the freezer....I immediately thought scones.

A scone is a single-serving pastry that is lightly sweetened and sometimes glazed.  And in case of this recipe, mostly definitely glazed!

Do not be intimidated making these.  It is just a matter of mixing together the ingredients, cutting in the butter, patting the dough into a flat shape on the counter, cutting them into pieces and baking. 

And of course dunking them into the all-important glaze.

Maple Glazed Pecan Scones
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3 1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
5 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 sticks unsalted cold butter, cubed
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 egg
1 t. vanilla extract
3/4 c. 2% milk

For the glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
5 T. pure maple syrup

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking sheet or stone.
2.  In a bowl combine dry ingredients.  Cut in the cubed butter with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Toss in chopped pecans.
3.  In a bowl whisk egg, vanilla and milk.  Pour into the dry ingredients.
4.  Combine wet and dry ingredients until just mixed, do not over mix.
5.  Flour a surface and turn dough out on the counter in a long log shape, pressing down flat to 3/4 inches.
6.  Cut dough into strips, making small to medium sized triangles.
7.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
8.  To make the glaze combine the powdered sugar and maple syrup.  Add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you have a thin glaze.
9.  Dunk warm scones into the glaze and place on a cookie sheet to cool/harden.  Store in an airtight container.

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  1. It has been crazy cold here in Ohio as well. I am right there with you that baking and cooking are good things to do when it is so cold.

  2. Yum! I like the glaze on this recipe since scones can sometimes be really dry. Hope you can come and share this on the Merry Monday Link Party tomorrow at 6pm PST.

  3. Oh, thank you! I make scones nearly every weekend - you're right in that they're really pretty easy!

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  5. could I use buttermilk instead of 2%?

  6. Yes I think buttermilk or heavy cream should work!

  7. Your Maple Pecan Scones look absolutely delicious and they sound wonderful too!