Fresh thyme and brown sugar add flavor to these Apricot-Thyme Scones.
Yield: 15 scones • Preparation: 20 minutes • Bake: 18 to 20 minutes
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into pieces
- ½ cup chopped dried apricots
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold heavy whipping cream, divided
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Garnish: turbinado sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt, whisking well. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add apricots and thyme, stirring to blend. Set aside.
- In a liquid-measuring cup, combine 1 cup cream and vanilla extract, stirring to blend. Add to flour mixture, stirring until mixture comes together. (If dough seems dry, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is uniformly moist.) Working gently, bring mixture together with hands until a dough forms.
- Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently 4 to 5 times. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out to a ¾-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch scalloped-edge round cutter, cut 15 scones from dough. Place scones 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops of scones with remaining 1 tablespoon cream.
- Garnish tops of scones with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, if desired.
- Bake until edges of scones are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.
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