I used to go to Starbucks all the time. Back in high school and college, I’d go at least three times a week. Since moving to Silver Lake almost two years ago, I’ve become addicted to other coffee shops.
I have nothing against Starbucks, but one reason I avoid the store is because I can’t go inside without buying a maple scone. And when they don’t have any during that visit, my heart breaks a little and my stomach frowns.
Naturally, to cure myself of this addiction and unwanted habit, I have decided make my own maple scones. I figure if I eat enough of these, I will eventually get over the maple scone and stop buying them. Although, once I move on, I am bound to find another sweet addiction.
I like crumbly, not too sweet scones that I can enjoy with my coffee drink. The scone itself is pretty plain. It’s the addition of the sweet maple glaze that brings this scone to life.
Maple Oat Pecan Scones, recipe by The Little Epicurean
makes 10 scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats, finely ground in food processor
4 Tbsp maple sugar (or granulated sugar)
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, chilled
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup pecans, light toasted, roughly chopped
heavy cream, to brush tops
turbinado sugar, as needed to top
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, oat flour, maple sugar, baking powder, and salt.
3. Cut cold butter into dry mixture using a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse sand.
4. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add cream. Fold until almost combined. Add chopped pecans and mix until incorporated and all the dry has been hydrated. The dough will be a little sticky.
5. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a circle abound 1 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut into 10 equal pieces. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Brush tops of scones with heavy cream and sprinkle generously with turbinado sugar.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled or at room temperature, proceed with maple glaze.
1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp maple extract
1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle over cooled scones and let sit until glaze has set.