brown sugar and oat scones

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By Ellen Bales
from Indianapolis, IN

This is supposed to be the REAL way to make scones, not too sweet but just sweet enough. There are many kinds of scones, but this one has a special appeal, made with so many good things. Recipe & photo: slate.com

serves 8
prep time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For brown sugar and oat scones

  • oil or butter
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour, plus more more for rolling
  • 3/4 c
    rolled oats
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1 pinch
    nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/2 c
    (8 tbsp.) cold unsalted butter
  • 2/3 c
    heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar
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How To Make brown sugar and oat scones

  • 1
    In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon.
  • 2
    Add 7 Tbsp. of the butter and blend with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the cream and vanilla and stir just until combined. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead 5 or 6 times.
  • 3
    Transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet and roll or press it into an 8-inch circle. Melt the remaining 1 Tbsp. butter and brush the dough with it.
  • 4
    Combine the remaining 1/4 tsp. cinnamon with the sugar and sprinkle it over the dough. Cut the dough into 8 equal wedges and separate them just enough that they no longer touch.
  • 5
    Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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