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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Whole Grain Maple Oat Scones #BreadBakers


Use of whole grain flour is a great way to make traditional scones a bit more healthy. While it can be argued that it is like driving with the break on due to the amount of dairy fat in this recipe, the addition of whole grain from both oat and wheat sources make an indulgent treat a somewhat more nutritious!



Years ago, a very popular global coffee company had a Maple-Oat Scone that was out-of-this-world delicious. I had a co-worker that was addicted to their coffee. My co-worker would often bring me a Maple Oat Scone, which was an amazing treat. 

Out of curiosity, I took the time one day to look up the calorie content of my favorite scone and found they had over 900 calories! I'm sure the issues I was having with my scale reading 15 pounds heavy and the dryer shrinking all my pants didn't have anything to do with the scones I was snacking on for a mid-morning snack on a more frequent basis that I should admit.


I wanted to make those scones a bit more heathy and did find a recipe online that I printed. I didn't manage to find the time to make a healthier version, but held on to the printout for years. The source was not cited on the printout, but I made so many adjustments it isn't remotely close to being the same recipe. 

I was going to change out the whipping cream for buttermilk, but when I went to the grocery store there was no buttermilk on the shelf. I love it when a decision is made for me. My love for dairy fat left me more than happy to retain the whipping cream as the primary liquid source for the scone.

I did adjust the size of the scones. The original recipe makes 12, but I modified to make 24 smaller sized scones. You will notice there are two scones photographed on the plate and they were quickly consumed. Followed by one more. OK, two more. So use your own discretion about the size of scone you want to make. The smaller sized ones are just so cute, but it is easy to eat more than should be in one sitting...



WHOLE GRAIN MAPLE OAT SCONES

INGREDIENTS:

For the Scones:
  • 1 cup whole oat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose wheat flour, unbleached
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
For the Maple Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring 

DIRECTIONS:

For the Scones:
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. 
  2. Combine oat flour, whole wheat flour, all purpose wheat flour, quick oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl.
  3. Add butter to dry ingredients and cut in with a pastry blender until pea-sized particulates are formed.
  4. Combine maple syrup, maple extract and whipping cream and blend with dry / butter mixture until just blended. Dough will be very sticky. 
  5. Turn dough onto wax paper with a generous amount of oat flour and knead until dough is less sticky. 
  6. Pat into a rectangle that measures 5 inches x 10 inches, cut in half lengthwise (in the middle of the 10 inch line). Then cut in half widthwise. Cut the widthwise halves into thirds, making a total of 12 rectangles. Cut each of the rectangles into 2 triangles, making a total of 24 mini scones.
  7. Transfer scones to parchment-lined baking sheet leaving 1/2 - 3/4 inch between scones. 
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes or until firm to touch. 
  9. Cool.

For the Maple Icing:


  1. Combine all ingredients with electric hand mixer until smooth and well combined.
  2. Drizzle icing over cooled scones. 
  3. Allow icing to set. 

This month's #BreadBakers Challenge was Whole Grain. Although I was the host and got to select this month's theme, I received a lot of guidance from Stacy at Food Lust People Love and Renee from Magnolia Days. Thank you for your support, ladies!


I'm quite impressed by my fellow #BreadBakers taking on a Whole Grain Challenge this month! Please peruse their creations at your convenience. The following is a complete list for September's #BreadBakers Whole Grain theme:

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

11 comments:

Renee Dobbs said...

These are wonderful scones for fall. Thanks for hosting Bread Bakers this month.

Stacy Rushton said...

Sometimes it does indeed backfire when I make something smaller than it is supposed to be. :) But who could resist your lovely little scones?! Great theme this month! Thank you for hosting.

Aisha said...

They look great!!!
Thanks so much for being our hostess :)

Wendy Klik said...

I think eating just a little at a time is better than eating 2 large ones....i think the calories have a harder time finding each other LOL. Thanks so much for hosting this month.

Ansh Dhar said...

Thank you for posting this month. I love a whole grain theme. Love scones and if they are whole grain all the more better.

Karen Kerr said...

Oh man! 900 calorie scones! Thank goodness for these! Thanks so much for hosting!

Pavani N said...

OMG 900 calories for a scone is totally outrageous. Your lighter and healthier version sound delicious.

Cocoa and Lavender said...

These sound quite good, and I think the whole grains and maple together are a favorite combination of mine.

Tricia Buice said...

They do look lovely - 900 calories in one scone - that seems excessive :) Glad you were able to come up with a tasty alternative.

Robin @ A Shaggy Dough Story said...

You had me at maple. But maple scones? Be still my heart. Gotta have some! I think that good old global coffee company is as well known for its mega-calorie treats as it is for its coffee. 900? YIKES! Thanks for hosting. Great theme!

Chef Mireille said...

these rustic scones looking fantastic!