A couple of months ago I donated a copy of The Frugal Foodie Cookbook and a dozen scones to the school silent auction. I'd kind if forgotten about it until I got a call this week from the winner lookin' to collect. Of course I was happy to fulfill my commitment, but when she mentioned she was a former professional pastry chef I got a little nervous - these had better be some kick-ass scones!
Inspired by the tree in my yard that's bursting with fruit, I adapted my tried-and-true scone recipe to include lemons, cashews and a hint of spice
Lemon Cashew Scones with a Bit of Ginger
For the scones:
3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ½ tablespoon pieces
Zest of 2 lemons
¾ cup roasted, unsalted cashews
8 (or so) pieces crystallized ginger, chopped v. small
For the glaze:
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon buttermilk
½ teaspoon ginger
Preheat oven to 400
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix for 1 minute or so to combine. Add the butter and mix at low speed until well incorporated. Add the zest and cashews. Drop the ginger bit-by-bit over the flour mixture so that it doesn’t clump together. Mix briefly 1 minute or so to combine. Add the buttermilk and mix until the dough just holds together.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board and knead gently a few times. Divide the dough in half. Pat each half into an 8” circle. Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 15-17 minutes.
While the scones are baking, combine all of the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove the cookie sheet from the over and immediately brush the scones with the glaze. Remove them to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: These scones freeze like a dream - just pop 'em in a 350 degree oven (I use the toaster oven) for 10 mins or so to bring them back to life.