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Walnut Scones with Strawberry Butter

Time to make scones!  If you’ve never tried making them before, you really need to.  They’re simple, delicious and great to make last minute since you don’t have to wait for butter to soften.  The recipe I use is based on these Adare Manor scones I found in Bon Appetit, but with some tweeks.  Mainly, walnuts.  Mr. Fox has a rule about baking:  If you can add nuts to it, do it. 

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Butter Melting

To start, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  

In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine:

– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

– 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Prep

Add 1/4 cup of chilled butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, and work the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips.  You basically want to rub the flour and butter between your thumb and fingers until they are combined and kinda sandy looking.

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Butter Added

Add:

– 2 tablespoons of white sugar

– 1/2 cup of whole milk (I use a combination of 1% milk and cream, since I never have whole milk around.)

– 3/4 cup of walnuts, chopped

Mix until a rough dough forms – It’ll be a bit stiff.  Gently knead the dough, 2-3 times, in the bowl until it just comes together.  You don’t want to overwork the dough at this point. 

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Dough

Form the dough into a disk on a lightly floured surface and lightly roll it out to a 1 inch thickness.

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Rolling

Cut the disk into 8 wedges.

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Cut

 

Place the scones onto the parchment lined baking sheet and brush with beaten egg.

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Brush with Egg

Sprinkle the scones with some white sugar and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning the pan halfway through.

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Unbaked

Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Baked on Pan 2

Traditionally, scones are serves with clotted cream and jam, but I love serving them with strawberry butter.  It’s delicious and ridiculously easy to make – simply mix equal parts softened butter and strawberry jam.  People will think you’re a genius!

Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Split and Buttered

Any leftovers (if there are any) freeze really well in a ziplock bag.

Walnut Scones with Strawberry Butter
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Walnut Scones
  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (extra for rolling out)
  2. 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  5. 1/2 cup whole milk
  6. 2 tablespoons sugar (more for sprinkling)
  7. 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  8. 1 large egg, beaten
Strawberry Butter
  1. 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  2. 1/4 cup of good quality strawberry jam
Walnut Scones
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt
  3. Work butter cubes into the flour mixture with your fingertips, until the mixture resembles coarse sand
  4. Add sugar, milk and walnuts
  5. Mix until just rough dough forms, kneading gently 2-3 times until combined
  6. Form the dough into a disk and roll out to a 1 inch thickness
  7. Cut the disk into 8 wedges and place onto the parchment lined pan
  8. Brush scones with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning pan halfway though, until golden brown
  10. Cool on wire rack and server with strawberry butter
Strawberry Butter
  1. In a medium bowl, mix softened butter and strawberry jam until well combined
  2. Please in a cute dish for serving
Adapted from Adare Manor Scones
This Fox Cooks http://www.thisfoxcooks.com/
Walnut Scone with Strawberry Butter - Plated

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