Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones
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Dried figs. Pecans. Cinnamon. When I got it into my head that I wanted scones, these three things happened to be in my cupboards. They seemed to be just the right thing to throw together and bake on a cold winter afternoon. And so off I went, fig pecan cinnamon whole wheat scones needed to happen.

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

I love baking. Especially in the cooler weather. I still bake in the summer time, but not nearly as much. That’s typical, right? Who needs extra heat on hot, humid days? But sometimes, just sometimes…a batch of cookies still needs to happen. Oh, the sacrifices we make for sweet treats! 😉

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Do scones count as a treat? I never know what to think…donuts? Absolutely. They seem clearly to be a dessert thinly veiled as a breakfast food. Scones and muffins, though, seem a bit more vague to me. While not the healthiest option, to be sure, they don’t seem quite at home in the dessert category. Instead, they make a lovely addition to breakfast, brunch, or the perfect snack time accompaniment to a cappuccino or tea.

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Sure, these scones have plenty of butter and sugar, but the whole wheat flour, figs, and pecans make it practically a health food, right…? I’m going to say yes, yes they do. While perhaps not the healthiest option, they are delicious and not bad for you.

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Before you make these, here is a great tip. I wanted to make sure that these would be light and not too dense as whole wheat recipes tend to be. I did some research on how to avoid density and found a great tip from America’s Test Kitchen: freeze your stick of butter and then grate it with a cheese grater. This creates lots of equal sized tiny bits of butter that you can mix right into your dry ingredients. With the butter evenly distributed, it is easy to stir in the wet ingredients and not over-mix. Over mixing, according to my grandmother, would cause scones to become too tough.

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones The Artful Appetite

Here is the recipe:

Serves 10

Fig Pecan Cinnamon Whole Wheat Scones
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, frozen and grated (omit salt if using salted butter)
  • 1 cup chopped dry figs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Milk for brushing the tops of scones
  • Cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, chopped pecans, and salt. Grate the frozen butter and stir into the dry ingredients mixture. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg, milk, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Slowly stir the wet ingredient mixture into the dry mixture until just mixed. Carefully place onto a floured surface and roll out into a rectangle shape. Place the chopped figs on the top of the dough and fold into thirds. Cuts into triangle shapes and place onto a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the scones with milk and then sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.
  2. Bake for 20 minute or until lightly browned. Place on racks to cool and then enjoy!
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