Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lower Fat Scones

I am a big fan of scones. Although I love them, I am also very picky about them: flavor, texture, and icing. If it isn't flaky and filled with fruit and topped with crunchy, sweet icing then it isn't a good scone. My favorite place to buy scones is Tyler's Bakery (used to be know as Bread Basket) but I wondered if I could make them a tad lower in fat. Here is my Lower in Fat Scone Recipe!

2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp cold butter, unsalted
1 tsp lemon zest
1 cup strawberries, diced
1/4 cup strawberry preserves
1 cup fat free cream (if you want the full fat recipe, use 1 cup heavy cream)
1 tbsp water
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Measure all of your dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut in your butter until it looks mealy. Zest in your lemon.

Toss in your strawberries and mix them around to coat them. Pour in your cream and mix until all the ingredients are moist. Don't worrying about it looking like batter. It will still look flaky and dry.

Turn out the dough onto a cutting board and pack it into a ball. Knead it to bind the ingredients so that no pieces fall off. Separate the dough into "lumps" and shape them into two rounds. Place the strawberry preserves on top of one of them. You will place the other round on top and cut into 8 wedges.

Bake them on a sheet tray for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. You can use any kind of flavor combinations with this dough: Peaches and Blueberries, Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Chips, Mixed Berries, or even Apples and Cinnamon. The same goes for the icing! If you want a sweeter icing, use apple juice with the powdered sugar. If you want a tart icing, use lemon juice with the powdered sugar. The possibilities are endless!

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