Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baking with Dorie: Honey Nut Scones

I'm pleased to join the Baking with Dorie group, a small group of bloggers who post about recipes from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my home to yours. Thank you for welcoming me in!

I know I should be ashamed to admit this on a blog that is supposed to be both healthy and ordinary. But every once in a while, when I'm feeling particularly relaxed (or hungry) I do enjoy me a good buttery breakfast of biscuits or scones (preferably accompanied by tea with milk to make it feel authentically British). I've posted my favorite biscuit recipe over on my other blog.  And I think I have found a favorite scone recipe too!

Scones are a wonderful, luxurious, special occasion breakfast. These are unusual because they have - you guessed it - honey and nuts. (I used pecans instead of walnuts.) They also call for regular milk instead of buttermilk.

This recipe appears on page 31 of Baking: From my home to yours. For those of you who don't own the cookbook, I've copied my version of it below, adapted from the original.

Honey Nut Scones, from Baking: From my home to yours
The original recipe calls for walnuts, which I don't care for. I substituted pecans and they were wonderful. Feel free to use walnuts if you prefer. 

1 large egg
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup cold whole milk (or use part skim milk and part cream, which is what I did)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 400*. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Mix together the egg, honey and milk.

Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add in the butter and use your fingers to rub it into the dry ingredients. (I love this part! Enjoy the texture of the butter and the coarseness of the grains. It's like a personal massage!)

When the butter is in pea-sized pieces, pour in the liquid ingredients. Mix briefly and then add in the nuts. Gently knead the dough for just a minute or two till it all comes together. Turn it onto a work surface and divide it in half. Flatten each piece and pat it into a circle. Cut each circle in 5 or 6 wedges and put on the baking sheet.

Bake the scones for about 20 minutes till golden. Cool for at least a few minutes before devouring with jam, cream cheese, or simply plain.


  1. Those look awesome---I love the flavors of honey and nut together!

  2. I think part of eating healthy is in indulging every once in a while. It's good for the soul.

    These scones look fantastic and are a good quality choice for indulgence!

  3. Scones are perfect for a weekend breakfast.

  4. I love, love, *love* your photos.
    Welcome to BWD & I'm so glad you enjoyed these scones. I just realized I'm out of walnuts *and* all other nuts, so mine will have to be nut-free.
    Thanks for baking with us this week!

  5. I love honey nut anything! These look really delicious -- the perfect way to start any day.

  6. I have actually always wanted to try one of her recipes but haven't been able to yet- this looks so good! I wish I had one right now. I love scones especially with the sweetness and flavor of honey! You should try agave nectar next time- i wonder how that would go

  7. I like rubbing the butter in too- almost as wonderful as kneading dough.

    Welcome to the baking group!

  8. I love what you did. Your photos are great. I am glad you joined us at BWD. looking forward to some great bakes.

  9. A must try recipe. I love scones :) Thanks for visiting my blog buddy!

  10. Honey and nuts sound wonderful for scones! Aside from the butter these seem fairly healthy!

  11. I LOVE scones...these look delicious!

  12. Yum! I'm with you on swapping pecans for walnuts.

  13. Sounds lovely! It's sure been a while since I last made scones... Perhaps it's about time I changed that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Yum! These look delicious! Send me a one or better yet a dozen!!

  15. Love your photos!! they have a particular feel to it that spells tranquility - yes, they do to me!!

    thanks for baking with us this week!


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