Apricot Scones

Whew! It’s been a long week – including jury duty, applying for a new passport with my married name, and hitting my weight goal(!). Each of these deserves its very own post, so stay tuned. I just don’t have the capacity to articulate much right now. But before I go wind down with my evening ritual of The Year of Living Biblically and sudoku, here’s a recipe for you.

Scones…to be perfectly honest, I am usually not too enthralled by scones. They are overly dry and crumbly for my taste. I suppose I am more of the fluffy scone persuasion. So I’ve been on a quest to find a scone recipe that fit my liking, which has led to the discovery of this version. Here it is – scones with a light, airy and perfectly moist texture. The original recipe called for raisins, but I went apricots instead. When served warm, with some morning coffee, they are a wonderful breakfast. Beware, they get addicting!

Apricot Scones

3/4 cup dried apricots, cut into fourths
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cold butter
1 cup sour cream
2 egg yolks

Topping:
1 egg white
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place apricot pieces in a bowl. Cover with hot water and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine sour cream and egg yolks; add to crumb mixture. Stir in apricots just until blended. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times. Divide into four portions. On ungreased baking sheets, pat dough into 4-inch circles. Cut each into 2 wedges, but do not separate. Beat egg white; brush over dough. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over tops. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Yields 8 scones.

12 thoughts on “Apricot Scones

  1. Congratulations on everything you accomplished this week! And these scones? Definitely a delicious way to celebrate. Thanks for including the recipe; it’s definitely one I’m hanging on to!

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  2. 1) those scones look delicious!!2) Ugh jury duty. Sorry you had to do that. 3) Congrats on the weight goal!4) How is “A Year of Living Biblically?” I read Jacob’s first book, but haven’t gotten to that one yet.

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  3. MMMM! Those look awesome. If you want I can add a link from my cooking blog to yours and post the recipe. They look so yummy, and I am totally with you on the scone front!

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