We all need dessert for breakfast once in a while, right? Scones are great for a special occasion breakfast or brunch, and they make for a great weekend treat. I love scones but they need to be made the right way. I’ve had too many dry, lifeless scones from bakeries that definitely weren’t worth paying for. These are perfectly soft, tender and moist and you’ll love the maple, oat and pecan flavor combination. They are a perfect fall scone and trust me, they are hard to resist!
In my opinion these are best served when they are still a bit warm. They melt in your mouth at that point. Yes, they are definitely still good once they cool off completely, but just like many other baked goods they are amazing when eaten warm. I love how hearty these scones are with their addition of oats and nuts, which you don’t find in a plain scone. I also like that they have some sweetness to them. I don’t like a scone that only has a few tablespoons of sugar, I might as well just eat a good biscuit slathered with butter instead.
Though this recipe requires a few extra steps like freezing and grating the butter and grinding the oats, the end result is well worth it. Once you’re biting into one of these you’ll realize those few extra steps were worth it. These scones are dreamy.
I am so happy to announce that I will be partnering with Fisher nuts over the next year to bring you many delicious recipes, all made with Fisher nuts. I chose to work with Fisher nuts because it is the only brand of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives. To kick-off this special partnership, Fisher Nuts is sponsoring an amazing opportunity, the “My Fresh Twist” Recipe Contest. Here are the details:
-Beginning now through October 20, 2015, home chefs from across the country are invited to submit their original recipe using Fisher pecans, walnuts or almonds to www.myfreshtwist.com for a chance to win a trip for two to New York City, $500 spending money and a meet-and-greet with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli at her restaurant, Butter.
-The top twenty entries will be professionally photographed and showcased on www.myfreshtwist.com where Fisher fans and their friends and families will be able to vote for the top three recipes from November 3, 2015 until November 17, 2015. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and a panel of judges will then select the grand prize winner from the three finalists. Recipes will be judged on their originality, integration of nuts, taste and visual appeal.
-One grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to New York City, a meet-and-greet with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and $500. As with last year’s winning recipe, this year’s winning recipe will also be featured on the Fisher nuts website, social media pages and in local and national news publications. The grand prize winner will be announced the first week of December.
-Nineteen finalists will receive a $100 Visa gift card, an autographed Chef Alex cookbook and a Fisher nuts sample pack.
-Forty random weekly winners will also win a Chef Alex cookbook and a Fisher nuts sample pack.
-For more information, rules and regulations, visit www.myfreshtwist.com.
So go enter for your chance to win! And then go make these scones to celebrate!
Maple Oat Pecan Scones
- 10 Tbsp unsalted butter , frozen for 30 minutes
- 3/4 cup (75g) quick oats
- 1 3/4 cups (248g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (55g) packed light-brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (55g) granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup (105g) chopped Fishers pecans, divided
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp (150 ml) heavy cream, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup (130g) powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream , then more as needed
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 1/2 tsp maple extract , or more to taste
- For the scones:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. In a food processor, pulse oats until ground into a flour, about 1 - 2 minutes. Pour oats into a large mixing bowl along with flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to combine while breaking up clumps of brown sugar.
- In a small mixing bowl whisk together 1/2 cup of the heavy cream, the egg, maple extract and vanilla extract. Grate butter on the small holes of a box grater and add to flour mixture (use a butter knife to scrape any excess from grater). Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry cutter or fork until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in 2/3 cup of the pecans. Pour cream mixture into flour mixture and toss with a rubber spatula until evenly moistened and it starts to come together in large clumps, then gently knead mixture in bowl by hand several times until it comes together. Pour into a lightly floured surface and gently pat and shape into a 8 1/2-inch round. Cut into 8 equal wedges. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and brush tops with remaining 1 Tbsp heavy cream. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 13 - 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until lukewarm then spoon and spread glaze over scones and sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup pecans. Allow glaze to set at room temperature, store in an airtight container.
- For the glaze:
- Whisk together all glaze ingredients in a small mixing until well combined. Thin with additional cream as needed, 1 tsp at a time.
- Recipe source: Cooking Classy
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.