Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
I created this recipe by combining and modifying a few other scone recipes. It turned out nicely -- a huge hit with friends and family! This is a more traditional scone recipe, somewhat (although not exactly) like the kind you would find in England. Feel free to play around with the amounts of cinnamon and almond. The almond can easily be cut down to 1/2 teaspoon if you'd like more of the cinnamon and maple flavor to come out. The maple flavor will be very subtle either way, but always delicious! I prefer them unglazed (and it's healthier anyway)!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup, plus
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl to blend. Cut butter into small chunks and mix until mixture becomes crumbly.
- Stir milk, maple syrup, and almond in a small bowl to blend. Gradually add wet mixture to dry mixture, stirring just until dough forms a ball.
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead dough a few times, but don't overwork it or the scones will be too dense. Roll it out to 1/2-inch thickness and cut into triangular wedges. Transfer wedges to an ungreased baking sheet.
- OPTIONAL: beat one egg and brush lightly over scones to create a glaze.
- Bake scones until golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool.
I made these for breakfast, and *yum*! For the flour, I substituted King Arthur's White Whole Wheat Flour (I also threw in a little more cinnamon and used vanilla instead of almond, but hey...). The scones rise as high as the ones in the picture, but they were still fully-cooked and moist. I opted for the unhealthy route; I brushed them with egg white, gave them a liberal coating of cinnamon sugar, and then iced them with a simple milk-and-powdered-sugar glaze.
These were really good! The maple flavor is very subtle, but if you drizzle them with some maple syrup and sprinkle them with almonds they are excellent!