This is my family’s all time scone request. They never seem to get tired of this wonderful combination of oats, maple syrup and frosting, so much frosting! This recipe is adapted from Ina Garten, I really change very little and if you follow her recipe to the letter, you will not be disappointed! I decided to write up the recipe anyway for a couple reasons. For one, a few people asked my to and for another, I wanted to work on my short coding skills. I am new to using html code to embed recipes and would like to practice this skill.
This recipe comes together so easily that I did not take many production photos. The dough is sticky but it does have a major advantage in that you can mix and cut the scones out ahead of time and keep them in the fridge (or longer in the freezer) and bake off what you need in the morning.
The next morning I select the amount I want and transfer to a new pan with a parchment paper.
You have a couple options here. You can brush the tops with an egg wash to facilitate browning. I recommend that if you plan to leave them plain or add a light glaze. Since I am using a frosting consistency, the tops are not visible, I omit the egg wash.
After the scones have cooled completely, add the frosting. Bonus: these are fantastic with coffee!
Maple Oatmeal Scones
Pure maple syrup, buttermilk and oats combine to give these scones a sweet flavor and nutty texture
-3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 cup old fashioned oats, plus extra for garnish
-2 Tablespoons baking powder
-2 Tablespoons vanilla sugar
-2 teaspoons kosher salt
-1 pound, cold unsalted butter, diced
-1/2 cup cold buttermilk
-1/2 cup pure maple syrup
-4 extra large eggs
-1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 cup maple syrup
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flours, oats, baking power, sugar and salt. Blend the cold butter into the dry ingredients, starting on low speed, until the butter is the size of peas.
- Separately combine the buttermilk, maple syrup and eggs. Add to the butter flour mixture and combine just until incorporated, this dough will be sticky.
- Dump the dough onto a well floured counter top and pull the dough together. Working with floured hands, pat the dough into a 3/4 inch round and cut out scones using a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the scones for 20-25 minutes until browned.
- Make the icing: use the proportions listed to make a thin glaze which can be drizzled over the scones once they have cooled. Or adjust the proportions to create a thick frosting consistency by adding more powdered sugar than listed. Sprinkle with oats for garnish.
Another time saving tip that I often use is to make the scones ahead of time by cutting our the scones and placing them all on one pan, wrapping with plastic wrap and storing in the refrigerator. The next day I can bake off all or some of the scones. They will store in the refrigerator for a week or longer in the freezer, if needed.