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Gingerbread Scones

Scones

Ginger and molasses unite in this spicy breakfast bread. Ground ginger and crystallized ginger give you a double dose of the popular seasoning.

INGREDIENTS:

1  cup all-purpose flour

1  cup whole wheat flour

1/3  cup packed brown sugar

2  tsp. baking powder

3/4  tsp. ground ginger

1/2  tsp. kosher salt or 1/4 teaspoon regular salt

1/2  tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4  tsp. baking soda

1/4  cup cold butter

1/2  cup dried currants or raisins

1  Tbsp. finely chopped crystallized ginger

1  egg, lightly beaten

1/2  cup whipping cream

1/4  cup mild-flavored molasses

1 egg white, lightly beaten

1/2  tsp. water

Coarse sugar (optional)

 

PREPARATION:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, ground ginger, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in currants and crystallized ginger. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the egg, whipping cream and molasses; add all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir until ingredients are combined.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough for 10 to 12 strokes or until nearly smooth. Divide dough in half. Lightly pat or roll each dough portion to a 5- to 5-1/2-inch circle, 3/4-inch thick. Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Place wedges about 2 inches apart on a large ungreased baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine egg white and water. Brush tops of scones with egg white mixture and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if you like.
  • Bake in a 375 degree F oven 12 to 15 minutes, or until a wood toothpick inserted into a crack in top of scones comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 12 scones.
Make-Ahead Tip: Cool scones completely and wrap in a single layer in foil; place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, remove from freezer bag. Place frozen, foil-wrapped scones in a 300 degree F oven and heat for 20 minutes or until warm (12 minutes, if thawed).
Prep:  25 minutes
Bake: 12 minutes
Makes 12 scones
Midwest Living, November/December 2008

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