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Fig, Walnuts and Orange Blossom Scones

sconeblogWe have just about adjusted to the time difference between New Zealand and the UK after 5 days, although we are still waking up at 4.30am with the sunrise and the birds. I always forget about the long summer days in the UK, daylight between 4.30am and 10.00pm, since in NZ the days, even during summer are not so long due to the latitude.

What could be better than indulging in some traditional English desserts and one of my Mum’s favourites has always been scones. Scones are always best served the day you make them, these were particularly good still warm with lashings of butter!

Ingredients

  •  1 tbsp Orange Blossom Water
  • 400g Self Raising Flour
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 100g dried figs, chopped
  • 70g walnuts, chopped
  • milk

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
  2. Place flour into a bowl and add the butter.
  3. Rub butter and flour together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the chopped figs, walnuts, sugar and orange blossom.
  5. Combine ingredients and form a well in the centre to add liquid.
  6. Add the egg and enough milk to form a soft dough (save a little of the egg for glazing the tops of scones before cooking).
  7. Transfer dough onto a floured board and press the dough out with hands (rather than using a rolling pin) until it is about 2cm thick.
  8. Either use a round cookie cutter to cut out the scones or slice the scones into squares.
  9. Place on a floured baking sheet and brush tops of scones with a little egg.
  10.  Bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden brown.
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ingrid Scott #

    I was wondering if you were going to post to your blog while away…😉 those scones look absolutely devine. We miss your “left over” deserts in the lunchroom ;-(
    Perhaps you can post a wedding picture on your blog, together with the final cupcake recipe and a sneek peek at the finished result of the cupcake cake on the day…. Great to hear that you are adjusting to the times and climate. You will be glad to hear that we are in for another cold snap downunder, starting tomorrow. In the mean time:
    Nous espérons que vous avez un temps fabuleux ! Appréciez !

    June 14, 2009
  2. I bake frequently with dried figs and nuts. The flavor in any quick bread or yeast bread is always delicious. Thanks for the orange blossom water idea. I think I know where I can find this around here🙂

    June 16, 2009
  3. Oh what a wonderful recipe!!! Orange blossom and figs, what a great way to add some character to these scones. They sound like perfect-made for me, since I adore those two ingredients!
    So, you’re in the UK now, how are the last-minute preparations going? Is everything in place and ready to go for the big event?!
    I hope re-uniting with your families has been great and that you’re soaking up as much of each other possible for this joyous occasion!

    June 21, 2009
  4. SierraB #

    Oh, these sound heavenly!! Hey, you might be interested in a company called “Woodland Fairy Acres” (www.WoodlandFairyAcres.com). They sell floral scone mixes, including a number of orange blossom scone mixes (and, an orange blossom marshmallow mix, too).

    January 29, 2011

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