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  1. The Savings Guru
  2. September 1, 2012 5:04 am

Saving Money in the Morning

Maple Oat Scones ~

Alright folks lets face it. How many of us are guilty of indulging in a quick stop at our local well known coffee house a little too often? We all do it…..one of life’s guilty pleasures. I don’t know about you, but more often than not when I “run in” for a quick cup of coffee I am lured in by those deliciously yummy looking muffins and scones. So instead of spending $3.50 on a cup of Joe, I splurge and spend another $3.50 for a pastry!

Today’s lesson on the Guru Gourmet is going to help us cut that coffee house bill in half (or down to zero if you make your own coffee at home). I have recently perfected the Maple Oat Scone at home that can rival the best bakeries in town and making those coffee house ones seem like hockey pucks. Below are step by step instructions on how to make these scones. You can bake a whole batch, or freeze the dough and make a few at a time for warm scones any day of the week.

Maple Oat Scones ~

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour ~ about 15 oz by weight

1 cup whole wheat flour ~

1 cup quick cooking oats

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 pound unsalted butter ~ 4 sticks ~ very cold

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

4 large eggs

 

glaze ~

1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions ~

First, cut the 4 sticks of butter into small diced cubes. After they are cut, place them on a plate and stick it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Next, add all of the dry ingredients( Flours, sugar, oats, salt, baking powder) in the bowl of a mixer. You may notice I listed the weighs of the flour next to the measurement. For the best results in baking I always weigh my flour on a food scale. This is the best way to measure accurately as flour often settles in the bag to be more compact. Too much flour makes your baked goods dry!

If you have a stand mixer ( i.e. a kitchen aid) this next part is easy. Place the dry ingredients in your mixer bowl, add the frozen cubes of butter. Using the paddle attachment cut the butter into the dry until it is large crumbs ( see picture). If you do not have a kitchen aid mixer, you can use 2 butter knives and in a criss cross movement, cut the cold butter into the dry until you have large coarse crumbs. You want to make sure and leave a few chunks of butter. This make the scones flaky!

Next, in a seperate bowl mix together buttermilk, eggs, and maple syrup until blended. Make a well into the middle of your butter crumb mixture. Pour the wet ingredints into the well. Mix together very breifly. Just until the dough starts to form together. It is important not to overmix it!

 

Once you have formed a dough, dump your mass out onto a well floured board. Using well floured hands, gently form the dough into a ball. the dough should be a little wet and sticky.

 

 

With a long knife, cut the ball into 2 equal halves. Gently shape each into a ball. Put one aside.

 

 

 

Using your hands, softly and quickly pat down one of the balls into a circle. ( Appx 8-9 inches in diameter.)

Using your long knife, cut the circle into 8 equal triangles. Like you would cut a pie.
Place the triangles on a lines cookie sheet. 

Repeat with the second ball of dough. Place each cookie sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before baking.

Now from here you have some options:

1. Bake the cold scones straight from the freezer at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes. Mix the glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm scones. Eat and enjoy!

2. Or; you can Freeze the unbaked scones completely ( at least an hour). Place then into a ziplock freezer bag. Keep them in your freezer and bake a few at a time whenever the mood strikes you. I always keep some in my freezer for unexpected company, or a nice easy breakfast splurge. Your friends and family will be asking what bakery you bought them from!

So the way I see it….my local coffee house sells these babies for $3.50 each. This recipe makes 16 ~ that’s $56 worth if you were to buy them. Ingredients for this will cost you about $10- so you save $46, and your house smells amazing!

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Delish! Looks easy enough, and way cheaper. Woohooo…love to save!

  2. Judy says:
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Awesome! I love the pictures! Can’t wait to try them! Good job, Guru Gourmet!

  3. jleblanc says:
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Great tip on freezing! Convenient.

  4. Wealth says:
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Money is time, and time is money !….recipe is simple and easy….now I have time to RELAX !


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