Dried-Apricot Sage Scones
The flavor of fresh sage counterbalances the sweetness of apricots. The dough for scones, like that of biscuits, should be handled as little as possible. Cut out scones by pressing straight through the dough with a bench scraper. Brush the tops with heavy cream, then sprinkle with sanding sugar so scones glisten when they come out of the oven.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup chopped dried apricots (about 4 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
- 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
- Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Work in butter with fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in dried apricots and sage. Add cream; gather mixture with your hands until it starts to hold together.
Turn out mixture onto a lightly floured work surface. Quickly bring dough together; pat into an 8-inch circle that is 1 inch thick. Smooth top with a rolling pin. Cut into 8 wedges with a bench scraper.
Arrange wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush tops with cream; sprinkle generously with sanding sugar. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Immediately transfer to a wire rack; let cool at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, May 2005