Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Maple Pecan Scones

Maple season has finally started.  Thank goodness, because I am all out of my father's maple syrup. I actually had to buy a bottle of maple syrup at the grocery store to make these. 

Maple Pecan Scones by The Sweet Chick
I do miss living close to my parents and popping over to their house during maple season.  The smell of boiling maple water is intoxicating.  And having that first sip of freshly made, piping hot maple syrup is the best.  Good thing we will be heading up north again soon.  My kids love being at the sugar house.  And my daughter is looking forward to seeing some snow again.  After spending the past week in flip flops, I sure don't look forward to packing all our winter gear.


Oops forgot to add the butter.

Don't tell my dad, but the maple syrup at the grocery store was actually pretty good.  I've been making a lot of waffles lately and the kids have been slathering them with maple syrup.  They have been fortunate enough to have grown up on grandpapa's maple syrup.  They have no idea who Aunt Jemima is.

I based this recipe off my Cranberry Ginger Scones.  I really love the texture the quick oats give the scones and I love how the brushed on milk gives it a nice golden color.  I just replaced the honey with maple syrup and the dried cranberries and ginger chips with pecans and white chocolate chips.

For the glaze I swapped out vanilla extract for some maple extract and sprinkled a few more chopped pecans on top.  I got a little lazy and didn't place the scones on the cooling rack to drizzle on the glaze, I just did it on a sheet of waxed paper.  Less to clean up.

Maple Pecan Scones @www.thesweetchick.com

The scones came out with just the right amount of sweetness, they are not super sweet like a dessert.  They are perfect for breakfast or snack with a nice cup of coffee.  The pecans give them a nice crunch and the cinnamon adds a punch of spice.


Maple Pecan Scones

by The Sweet Chick
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 13-15 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast snack maple syrup cinnamon quick oats pecans scones American spring
Ingredients (12 scones)
    For the scones
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
    • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
    • 6 tablespoons cold butter
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
    For the topping
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
    For the glaze
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2-3 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon maple essence/extract
    Instructions
    For the scones
    Preheat oven to 425° F.
    In a stand mixer, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, oats, pecans, and white chocolate chips.
    Cut up butter and add to flour mixture, mixing on low speed for 1 minute.
    In a small bowl mix egg and milk until blended and add to the flour mixture.
    Then add maple syrup and mix on low speed until fully incorporated. The batter will be a dough like consistency.
    With a large scoop, place dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Do not flatten.
    For the topping
    Brush the tops and sides of each scone with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
    Bake for 13-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
    Remove from oven and carefully place scones on cooling rack with wax paper underneath. (Scones will be extra hot due to the sugar.)
    For the glaze
    In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and maple essence/extract until smooth.
    Using the whisk, drizzle the scones with as much or as little glaze as you prefer.
    Grab a cup of coffee. Dunk, eat, and enjoy!
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    9 comments:

    1. Delicious.. pecans and maple.. I am lately a huge fan of maple:)

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    2. LOVE scones, and these sound delicious. I actually have real maple syrup in my fridge right now. Thank you for sharing these at Treasure Box Tuesday- PINNED! :)

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      1. These are so easy to make and taste great. Thanks for pinning Joy.

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    3. I could really go for some of these right now- they sound delicious!

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      1. Hope you had a chance to make some Rachel.

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    4. Oh my! Perfect timing to come across this recipe. We just got back from a trip to Canada with some amber maple syrup. I can't wait to try it in these!

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      1. Everything is better with maple syrup.

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    5. I'm a sucker for scones... and then you went and added maple AND pecan, and I just couldn't resist, girl! These look incredible, and I cannot wait to try them!

      Also, this was one of my favorite recipes from last week's That's Fresh Friday Link-Up, and I'm sharing it over at The Speckled Palate today as a feature! Happy Friday, and keep up the great work!

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