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17 November 2012

Maple Oat Scones


There is just something about the day when snow hits the ground for first time. Waking up and seeing snow falling makes me feel like a kid on christmas morning. Dreams of long ski days, cold rosy cheeks, hot chocolate and wool socks start to feel more like reality. Images of family gatherings around holiday meals and twinkling lights start bouncing around my head with the sound of Celine Dion's christmas album playing softly in the background. WHAT!? E - RASE! Did I really just write that out loud!? Oops. Oh well. Its a family tradition that goes right along with holiday tortiere, proud Quebecers we are.


Nothing gets you cozier on a cold day than your favorite mug filled with something warm to drink and something delicious baking up in the oven. These maple oat scones will make even the snowiest of mornings nice and warm. So far almost a quarter of my recipes posted here have listed maple syrup as an ingredient (here, here, here, here and here). Now I'm adding this one to top of the list and I don't expect it to be the last . I guess you can take the girl out of Canada but you can't take the Canadian out of the girl, eh? (Too cheesy? I'm not sorry.)




Maple Oat Scones
These scones are exactly what I look for a in a good scone recipe. Not too sweet, a nice crispy outside and a soft and fluffy inside - perfect for smearing on your favorite scone spread. Warm, tasty and full of wholesome ingredients. A couple tips from testing out many different recipes - its best not to overwork the dough, stir ingredients until just combined and know that a lumpy dough makes a great scone. Keep your hands and surface floured to avoid any sticking, it will help move things along and your scones will be in the oven that much sooner! Makes 6-8.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups light spelt or whole wheat flour, plus a bit more for dusting
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 (heaping) tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons solid coconut oil (or cold unsalted butter)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (slightly overflowing)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Extra cinnamon and natural cane for sprinkling on top

What to do
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F / 205 C
  2. In a bowl combine the flour, oats, salt, cinnamon and baking powder
  3. Add the coconut oil/butter and work into the flour using your fingers until the oil/butter is well broken up within the mixture (about the size of small peas)
  4. Add the maple syrup and almond milk and mix with a spoon until just combined, using your hands bring to dough together into a ball
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form a flat circle (about 1 inch high) and using a sharp large, sharp knife cut into triangles
  6. Using a spatula transfer onto a baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each scone
  7. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon
  8. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until the tops are golden brown
  9. Let cool slightly in the pan and then transfer on to a cooling rack
  10. Serve with your favorite jam or butter (dairy, nut or even maple!)
*If you aren't planning on eating all 8 scones in one day (probably anyone but me), once you have cut the dough into triangles you can place half of them in freezer to harden and then wrap them up individually and freeze so you can have freshly baked scones every morning for the next few days!  (They just take an extra few minutes in the oven)

5 comments:

  1. These look amazing - my mouth is watering just reading the ingredients. And they seem rather healthy, I must try these. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Mmm! I need to attempt some scones. This is the time of year I think about them :) I love the ingredients you used in these :D

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    1. Thanks guys! I hope you do get to try them! I was really happy with the way they turned out - the sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on top is a definite must - just when you think the scones aren't quite sweet enough - you get a little hit of the warm sugary cinnamon top and all is well in the world again ;) Enjoy x

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  3. Made them, loved them, posted about them.
    http://siimplethings.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/maple-oat-scones/

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    1. Just checked it out - love the look of your site and your 'about me' - I like a lot of those things too! Thanks for sharing and enjoy those scones :)

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