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Golden Maple Pecan Scones are flakey,  buttery, and tender with a delicious nutty flavor from the toasty pecans and real maple syrup. A fun bake, perfect for special gatherings, and holiday mornings. 

Maple Pecan Scones


Description

Golden Maple Pecan Scones are flakey,  buttery, and tender with a delicious nutty flavor from the toasty pecans and real maple syrup. A fun bake, perfect for special gatherings, and holiday mornings.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups pastry flour (or sub-AP flour), spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter (12 tablespoons, 1 1/2 sticks, or 6 ounces)
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  • 1 cup toasted pecans
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  • 1/2 cup cream (or half and half), more as needed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or creme fraise, buttermilk or full-fat yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Maple glaze:


Instructions

Preheat oven 350 F oven

In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut cold butter into thin slices and add to flour. ( You could also freeze and grate).  Using a pastry cutter, or two knives, begin cutting butter into smaller pieces into the flour. Feel free to use your fingers, breaking apart the butter into pieces no bigger than a pea. Having ununiform pieces is nice here. Add the pecans.

Whisk cream, sour cream, maple and vanilla in a small bowl.  Stir this into the flour mixutre. Give it a few extra stirs, and if needed, add a few splashes of cream ( a tablespoon at a time) until the mixture forms a shaggy ball and all the loose flour is incorporated.

Place on a floured surface. Give the dough just a few kneads (15 seconds) then form a ball.

Flatten into a 7-8 inch disk or 6×9 inch rectangle, and shore up the edges, using a dough scraper or chef’s knife- so edges are straight up and down, and the disk is the same thickness throughout. Feel free to tuck more pecans into the top (just for looks).

Cut into 8-12 equal pieces.  Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan, 2-3 inches apart.

Bake until beautifully golden, puffed and internal temp reaches 200F ( I highly recommend checking). Larger scones may take 25-30 minutes, smaller scones may take 18-22 minutes. So watch like a hawk! (If using convection, lower heat to 325F and check sooner)

While the scones are baking, make the Maple Glaze: in a little pot, heat the maple syrup. When warm, whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add a pinch of salt. Turn off heat, leave on stove.

When the scones are done, let them cool for 15-20 minutes, then reheat the glaze and spoon a little over each one.


Notes

These are best baked the day of serving, but dough can be made ahead, shaped into the disk and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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