As you may have guessed from the title I needed to take a break from Italian food to share some other topics with you. Though I and my family have eaten a lot of Italian food lately, we haven’t totally been in an Italian vacuum. I’ve cooked and baked and read about other things. One such thing, Maple Oat and Pecan Scones.
It snowed last night. Well since I write ahead by the time you read this the snow may actually be melted…but that’s ok right? But either way, snow always gets me in a say inside and eat baked good kind of mood. (Especially scones!) Unfortunately, it was a school day. We bundled up and headed out the door at our usual time. (mistake! mistake! mistake!) I figured that since we tend to arrive about ten minutes early we would be right on time. We stepped outside and I discovered my husband had shoveled the front walk, the sidewalk, but not a path to my car!? It’s not a long walk, but the snow was at least knee high on the littlest one so I shoveled really quick and we loaded up in the car.
We live in a nice neighborhood, but it’s not super pricey. Let’s just say,
it’s the last it’s not the first place on the city’s plowing list. I drive a tiny car. In fact I happened to drive a car that has aspirations of being a skateboard. Let’s just say skateboards and unplowed streets do not mix. It was sllooooww going just getting out of the neighborhood.
We has just made it out of the neighborhood when I suddenly remembered it was western-wear day at school!? We aren’t generally western-wearing people, but I knew my Dad had an pretty cool cowboy hat. Back into the neighborhood of unplowed streets. (My parents actually live very close to us!) One trip by my parents house later, we were kiiinnda running late for school. I always feel kind of stupid when I get my son to school late. #momFail
I actually don’t usually mind driving into the snow. I did live in North Dakota, or as my husband and I called it the great white north, for several years. After the first snow of the year it just stayed forever. New snow just piled on top and the piles got higher and higher. Piles from the plow could end up darn near building height. Anyhow I got pretty decent at snow driving. When you have that much snow you just get used to it.
To illustrate my point: Once my husband witnessed a man in his car, starting to spin out. He sat, completely unconcerned, sipping his coffee as he spun, calmly correcting for the ice. Though I will admit this was all happening at like twenty miles per hour. The other drivers had plenty of time to switch lanes and get out of his way. The entire situation ended accident free.
But the one thing I did learn from coffee-spinout man is you can’t rush in snow. Especially when you’re driving a skateboard. A tiny bit of slush in your tires and that baby gets stuck, slides, spins, you name it. Basically everything you don’t want to do in your car. But take it slow and your pretty much ok. Speeding in snow is what gets you in accidents you know?
But despite knowing all this for some reason today I just didn’t plan to leave early enough to go slow and get to school on time!
Anyway after all this slow snow driving trauma I definitely needed some snow day soothing. I made some hot chocolate and these lovely scones. When my son came home from school he happily ate three. You probably will want to eat three too, even of you don’t have snow on the ground. If you do have snow on the ground I definitely advise calling a personal snow day, skipping the whole driving fiasco and eating scones. Either way, enjoy! And if you do have to snow drive any time soon, drive safe!
Maple Oat and Pecan Scones
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you can make 1/2 cup of this whole wheat flour if you like)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2/3 cup pecan pieces
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 2 tablespoons water
1. Preheat the oven to 350*. In the bowl of a large stand mixer add all dry ingredients. Mix together using the lowest setting.
2. Cut the butter into small pieces add to the mixing bowl. Add egg and milk as well. Mix until well combined and a sticky dough forms.
3. Add pecans and mix briefly to combine.
4. Lightly flour a work surface. Turn the dough out onto the flour. A rubber spatula may be necessary to remove all the dough from the sides of the bowl. With lightly floured hands shape the dough into round flat disk shape.
5. Using a sharp knife cut the disk in half horizontally, and then in half vertical, making 4 large triangles. Slice each triangle in half making 8 triangles total . Place the triangles on an un-greased baking sheet spaced about 1/2 inch apart.
6. Bake at 350* on the center rack for 20-25 min or until golden brown. Allow to cool on pan for 10 minutes and remove.
1. In a small sauce pan over low add maple extract, powdered sugar, and water. Melt together string frequently to prevent burning. Additional water may be added to thin out glaze if a thinner glaze is desired. If glaze hardens too quickly return to the heat and add an additional of teaspoon of water at a time and mix well until easy to drizzle again. Drizzle over scones and allow to harder before serving.
This post was last updated February 18, 2016 with new photos and a few small changes to the recipe, which makes the recipe a little simpler and makes the maple flavor a little more pronounced.