Love afternoon tea? Whip up a batch of Honey Plum Scones for a delicious tea-time treat. Or for breakfast, brunch … or whenever.
The other day, I had to stand on a scale at the doctor’s office, which means two things: 1) I had to share my weight with a virtual stranger and 2) I hoped that it would be in the ballpark of what my home scale says. Thankfully it was. And it showed a decent weight loss from the last time I had a physical. Yay, for hard work paying off.
Over the past year, I have changed how and what I eat, made a big effort to get more fruits and veggies into my diet and just generally moved more. It’s something that I am continuing into 2015. I am a little over half-way to my goal (more on that soon), and am committed to seeing this through.
And while I am doing it, I am always looking for ways to take foods I love and make them a little more nutritious — like scones.
Changing up the flavors and mix-ins in scones yields all sorts of delicious results. For these scones, I added dried plums — aka prunes — to the recipe with sweet honey and homey vanilla to create a delicious, lightly sweetened scone. And those dried plums? They add some fabulous nutrients to the mix.
Why dried plums? Well, Sunsweet® recently sent me a selection of their plum and prune products to try including PlumSmart® Light juice, Amaz!n™ Prunes and Amaz!n™ Diced Dried Plums. They are a delicious, healthy addition to diets. These fiber-rich dried fruits (and juice!) is good for heart health, bone health (thanks to nutrients like vitamin K and potassium) and can help support cell energy by regulating fluid balance. And, of course, there is the fact that they are really good for your digestive tract health too.
Tasty scones. Nutritious dried fruit. Score.
If you haven’t tasted homemade scones before, you should know that these bear little resemblance to the dry, crumbly ones sold in corner bodegas. No, homemade scones are moist and light. You want to try these.
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 cup Sunsweet Amaz!n™ Diced Dried Plums
- 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- coarse sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt (a wire whisk is great for this). Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the 1/4 cup of cold butter into the flour mixture until it looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in the diced plums.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey and vanilla extract until well-blended. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just moistened. Stir gently from the inside out until well-combined.
- Using a large cookie scoop (or 2 tablespoons), drop 12 scone rounds onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle liberally with coarse sugar.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, until cooked through. The scones are done when the tops have bits of golden brown.
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Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.