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Whole-Wheat Scones

April 1998

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This simple scone is sure to become a regular addition to your brunch menu.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I too added blueberries and lemon zest. very good. I also made a lemon confectioner's sugar glaze to drizzle over the top for something extra special. recommend using buttermilk; it really adds to the scones. "
Whole-Wheat Scones

Makes: 16 scones

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk, divided

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet or coat it with nonstick spray. Place cream cheese and butter in freezer to chill, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut cream cheese and butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender or your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Add currants and orange zest and toss to incorporate. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add 2/3 cup buttermilk, stirring with a fork until just combined.
  3. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and knead gently 7 or 8 times. Divide dough in half. With floured hands, pat each piece into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. With a floured knife, cut each circle into 8 wedges. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush tops with remaining 1 tablespoon buttermilk.
  4. Bake scones for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden and firm. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store well wrapped in the freezer for up to 1 week. Thaw at room temperature. Warm slightly before serving.

Nutrition

Per serving: 87 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 261 mg sodium; 28 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat


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