Thursday, January 26, 2006

SHF #15 - Honey Raisin Scones

This is my first ever SHF (Sugar High Friday) entry. I just started blogging this month and was excited to find a great online community of people who were enthusiastic about all things baked as much as I am. I thought that finding a non-sugar dessert recipe would be an easy task but the more I looked, the harder and more frustrating it got. My cookbooks were not helpful so I turned to the Internet to try and strike gold. My first search of 'sugarless dessert recipes' returned a lot of results but substituted Splenda for sugar. Though I'm not adverse to using Splenda, I don't have any in my cupboard and I really wanted to find something that was naturally sweetened. My next search was simply 'honey' and this is where I found the recipe I'm submitting today. I found a website for the National Honey Board and found that they had a good collection of honey recipes. The one I chose is called Honey Raisin Scones which, not surprisingly, uses honey as a sweetener. The recipe was easy to follow and execute and took less than 30 minutes to have in the oven. It's not glamourous but goes well with a cup of tea or cappuccino. The scones came out light and flaky, not rock hard and dense as some store-bought scones can be. I would definitely make them again - they are just as good as their sugar-scone counterparts.

Honey Raisin Scones

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, cut up
1/2 cup raisins
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 egg
In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; mix in raisins and orange peel.In small bowl, whisk together honey, whipping cream and egg. Add to flour mixture; stir until just combined. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 10 times. Pat dough into 9-inch circle; cut into 8 wedges. Place on lightly greased baking sheet, at least 1 inch apart. Bake at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool on wire rack. Makes 8 scones.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories: 343 Cholesterol: 71 mg Dietary Fiber: 1 g Protein: 5 g Sodium: 409 mg Total Carbohydrates: 46 g Total Fat: 16 g

I baked my batch of scones for 12 minutes at 425 F. I usually use a high temperature for scones because the outside becomes crispy and the inside is still soft and fluffy. If baking them at a lower temperature achieves the same result, please let me know. Thanks!

Thanks to Jennifer at Domestic Goddess for thinking up this great idea and also thanks to Sam at Becks & Posh for hosting SHF this month. Enjoy!

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Randi said...

Welcome to the food blogging world. What a great first entry for SHF.

Canadian Baker said...

Thanks Randi! Your tofu sundae looks great too.

Sam said...

Congratulations on your first online food blogging event - and what a great entry - I am glad you persevered with the natural ingredients. Bravo!


Elise said...

These scones look great! I bet the raisins help out as well with the sweetness. Yummmm.

DoughGirl said...

Awesome scones....thank you so much for the recipe! I decided to bake them as soon as I saw it. *smile* You can take a peek at my results here:

Wonderful blog you have made here...will definitely add you to my faves!

Canadian Baker said...

Thanks DoughGirl! I'll definitely add you to my blog list too.

celia kusinera said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will try to make this one of these days. :)

Canadian Baker said...

Celia - No problem. Thanks for reading! :)

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