Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Maple syrup and walnut scones

When I think of scones I think of summer, I think of sitting outside in the sun, of jam, of strawberries, and of cream. At least, that's what I normally think of, these maple and walnut scones have a more autumnal feel to them. I sweetened the scones with maple syrup rather than sugar, added chopped walnuts to the dough and used half wholemeal half white flour, altogether this gave the scones a more rustic hearty feel, no less delicious than more traditional scones just different!
Roll the dough into a long sausage shape
What I really love about scones is how amazingly quickly they come together, within half an hour of reading this you could be taking a tray of freshly baked scones out of the oven. What's more you probably already have all the ingredients too!
I served my scones with whipped creap and maple syrup
I served these with whipped cream and more maple syrup drizzled over the top. Delicious!

Maple and walnut scones
Ingredients (makes 8 huge or 12 normal scones):
  • 225g white self raising flour
  • 225g wholemeal self raising flour (if you can't find wholemeal self raising use plain wholemeal and add two teaspoons of baking powder)
  • 100g butter
  • 60g maple syrup
  • 75-100g chopped walnuts
  • 225ml of buttermilk (substitute milk or yogurt)
  • demerera sugar for sprinkling
  • Preheat your oven to gas 7/220c/425f
  • In a large bowl mix the two flours together
  • Rub the butter into the flour until no lumps remain
  • Stir in the walnuts
  • Make a well in the centre and stir in the maple syrup and buttermilk, mix everything together to form a soft dough
  • On a floured board roll the dough into a long sausage shape and cut into rounds
  • Lay the rounds on a lightly floured baking tray, brush the tops with a little milk or buttermilk and sprinkle with the sugar
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden


Katie said...

Your scones look perfect. I've never tried sweetening them with maple syrup before, love the idea though, especially with the nuts!

Christina said...

Great flavor combination, and interesting shaping technique! You're absolutely right about how quick scones are to prepare, just as easy as muffins and not really that much more mess.

Karine said...

These scones look delicious! I so love maple syrup!

♥peachkins♥ said...

There's a store here that sells Maple oat scones and they taste soo good. I bet yours does too!

Katie said...

sounds like a great variation on a classic!

Hopie said...

Mmm, maple and walnut is one of my favorite flavor combinations! Those look so good. (Sam, why is it that I bookmark almost all your recipes?? It's terrible!)

Nicisme said...

Why does maple make everything taste great? Gorgeous scones Sam!

pigpigscorner said...

Very nice twist!

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Ooh, yes! Yes! I love it! This is going to be a must-try for me--I have some fresh apples just screaming to be used, and I can totally see adding some chopped apple.

Another brilliant recipe, Sam.

Foodycat said...

They look really good! I am imagining them with a spiced apple butter and a dollop of clotted cream.

Foodycat said...

Sam - the last time I made spiced apple butter I think I used a half quantity of this recipe http://southernfood.about.com/od/jamsjellies/r/blxm190.htm and added a good bit of butter for lusciousness and a bit of lemon zest for zing.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Oh dear. I can tell these are going to be highly moreish and addictive... Do I dare make some?

Great recipe!

The Caked Crusader said...

I'm really into walnuts at the moment and I can see that they would be lovely with maple syrup. Yum