November 03, 2009

Whole Wheat Walnut Scones with Cinnamon Streusel



Whole wheat and scones don't usually go together. But in these scones--it's a match. Maybe not one that's made in heaven, but one made somewhere really nice.

The toasty walnut flavor in these really shines. The only thing? There is a pain-in-the-butt ingredient in this recipe: you'll need whole wheat pastry flour. No worries, it is not hard to find and it is certainly worth it. Plus there is no refined sugar in the actual scones (streusel doesn't count). Maple syrup is the sweetener. Splurge and get the good stuff.

Whole Wheat Walnut Scones with Cinnamon Streusel
adapted from The New Whole Grains Cookbook by Robin Asbell

Scones:
3 1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c cold butter
2 eggs
1/2 c (plus 2 T) heavy cream or half and half (I used the latter)
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 c walnuts, coarsely chopped

Streusel:
3 T whole wheat pastry flour
2 T butter, melted
5 T brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 c finely chopped walnuts

Streusel--mix ingredients in small bowl and reserve.

Scones--preheat oven to 425. Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper. In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into small bits with a pastry cutter. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and 1/2 cup of half and half (reserve the 2 T), the maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well.

Make a well in the dry mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Stir until just incorporated; then add the walnuts. Divide dough into 12 scones. Place on baking sheet with some breathing room between them. Brush the tops of the scones with the reserved half and half and press the streusel mixture on the top. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

A couple notes: the recipe indicated to cut the dough into wedges, which is what I did. It worked fine, although I think scones bake more uniformly when round. You don't get one part that is more moist than the other. So that's what I recommend.

The recipe suggests you can replace the walnuts with a dried fruit if that suits you better.

By the way, sorry it's been awhile since I've posted. But it's for good reason. His name is Rio. He's from Underdog Rescue.


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