Saturday, March 12, 2011

Almond Scones

I love the look of this presentation. I am not a huge nut fan, so, I admit to just tasting these and not eating several. But it's ok- my boys scarfed ate them all. They were a favorite for them!

  • Almond Scones

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds for topping

The easiest way to do this is in a food processor*. 
Put dry ingredients in food processor (including 1/2 cup almonds), whir slightly to mix. Cut butter into chunks and put in the food processor and whir until mixed and crumbly.
Beat egg, sour cream and extract and pour into food processor, whir until dough forms a ball.
Place on greased (or parchment paper) baking sheet and press into a circle, about 8 inches. Sprinkle on the remaining 1/4 cup almonds and press into dough. With a sharp knife, cut into 8 pieces (pie/triangles). Bake 15-20** minutes at 400˚.

*If you do not have a food processor, you can do this by hand. Cut the butter into chunks, add the dry ingredients (mixed slightly) and use a Pastry Blender or a Hand Mixer to mix until crumbly.
Beat egg and sour cream slightly and then add to butter/dry ingredients and mix in with a wooden spoon, or knead by hand. The warmer the dough gets, the stickier, so you could start with frozen/grated butter if you are going to use your hands.

**I do 20 minutes on my stone baking sheet, regular baking sheets will probably be a few minutes less.
Serve warm or completely cooled.

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