Maple Glazed Pecan Scones.
Our first decent coffee of a 6 week stay in California, Temple Coffee, Sacramento (a great stop for any European who finds themselves in the Sac, you won’t be disappointed). Let’s not get into what’s typically served at motels. Sufficient to say, we stopped drinking it!
Back at Temple, there were some mean treats to accompany those beans. Carrot cake or chocolate zucchini muffins; pecan scones with a maple glaze…
Now don’t get me wrong, those scones were delicious BUT you just can’t beat an English scone! Light and airy, breaks perfectly in two wherever you divide it, soft and spongy, a slight sweetness, but subtle. So I adapted them. Tested them. They’re 4th of July, Approved… Step aside American scone, the Brits are in the house!
Maple Glazed Pecan Scones
For the Scones
Makes about 20 mini scones, using a cutter 4 cm / 1½ inch diameter (I’m usually cooking for a crowd so I like to double this up):
– 225 g (4 ¼ dl / 2 cups) plain flour and 1 tbsp baking powder
– 25 g sugar (2 tbsp)
– ½ tsp salt
– 40 g butter (3 tbsp)
– 125 ml milk, and a little extra for the glaze (2/3 cup)
– 60 g (2 oz) of crushed pecans
Follow the method, and learn the tricks here: 3 Tricks to the Perfect English Scone
The crushed pecans should be added after the flour, sugar and butter has been rubbed together to resemble fine crumbs, and before the milk is poured in.
For the Maple Glaze
You’ll need a whisk and a small, heavy saucepan (again, double up if you’ve doubled up the scone recipe):
1½ tbsp butter
1/8 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed (caster sugar works too)
1 tbsp maple syrup
pinch of salt
1½ tbsp milk
You’ll need to pour the glaze over the scones as soon as it’s ready, so make sure to make your scones first.
1. Melt the butter in the saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted…
2. Whisk in the sugar, maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Once blended…
3. Whisk in the milk; bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly.
4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking constantly for 3 to 4 minutes or until the glaze is golden brown and glossy.
Use a table spoon to pour it over the scones.
A delicious treat for a late night party, or a Happy 4th of July!