One of the best things about winter weekend mornings is a hot cup of coffee and a slightly sweet pastry to go with it. These scones are light and flaky, the sweet potato flavor comes through nicely and goes well with the dried apricot and toasted walnuts.
3 cups flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
10 Tbsp cold butter
⅔ cup cooked pureed sweet potato (I peeled and steamed it, then blended it)
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup toasted chopped walnuts
½ cup chopped dried apricots
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour through nutmeg). Cube the cold butter and using your hands (or a pastry cutter) quickly combine it into the dry ingredients. I used my hands and mix the butter into the flour mixture just until it looks like coarse crumbs. You don’t want to take a lot of time doing this because you do not want the heat from your hand to start to soften the butter. So be quick! Set this bowl aside.
In a small bowl blend the sweet potato puree, heavy cream, and egg. Pour this mixture into the flour/butter bowl and quickly mix a few times (not too much), then throw in the walnuts and apricots and gently mix until just barely combined (If it seems too dry, add a drizzle of heavy cream). Then dump onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two pieces. Gently press one piece into a small rectangle and make a tri-fold to create layers, then shape into a disk and cut into 6 ‘pie’ pieces. Place onto a lined baking sheet. Do the same with the second piece of dough.
Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream and place on a middle rack in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and put on a cooking rack. Optional to make a glaze:
½ lemon juiced (about 2 teaspoons)
½ cup powdered sugar
Mix and drizzle or brush onto the top of the cooled scones.
~ Recipe and Photos by Meghan Feilmeier
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