28 June 2008

Apricot Ginger Scones with Apricot Honey Butter

Apricot Ginger Scones
There are a couple of blogging events that I try not to miss each month. One of these would be the Royal Foodie Joust. Jenn over at Leftover Queen is one of the very first blogging friends I ever made in the blogosphere. She is newly married to her "knight in shining armour" Roberto and is living happily ever after in Florida. She is the founder of The Foodie Blogroll as well as The Royal Foodie Joust. Thanks Jenn for continuing with this event and keeping our tjinking caps on!

Each month a new winner is crowned from the everexpanding group of creative entries. The winner then chooses 3 ingredients for the next Joust and so on and so on....happily ever after. Last months winner Erin at the The Skinny Gourmet chose:

apricots, ginger and butter

I love to participate in this event just for the sake of participating. It is challenging to come up with a recipe that uses the 3 ingredients so keeps my creativity active and me in the kitchen. Apricots are not in season for a while here so I opted for using dried apricots instead. Scones immediately came to mind. I don't participate in the preserved ginger camp...not being a big fan...but for added flavour you can add it to both the scone and the honey butter.

These scones are tender, light and neither too buttery nor too sweet. They have sweet bursts of dried apricot followed by the mildly assertive nip of crystallized ginger if you choose to use it. Spread with the honey apricot butter and a tall glass of orange juice, or, in my case an herbal tea you've just found a few moments of morning serenity.

**Apricot Ginger Scones with Apricot Honey Butter**

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons finely minced crystallized ginger (optional)
1/2 cup diced dried apricots, cut into eight pieces each
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, ground ginger, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the sugar, crystallized ginger and apricots with your hands to distribute all the ingredients evenly.

Add the cup of buttermilk gradually, mixing gently to form a soft dough. Shape the dough into a ball and knead it briefly on a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough in half and pat each half into a 1/2-inch thick round, 5 inches in diameter. Cut each round into six triangles, and transfer the triangles to an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Just before baking, brush the tops of the scones with 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and sprinkle them with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes (turning the baking sheet 180° halfway through the baking time), until the scones are a light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12

**Apricot-Honey Butter**

3 cups dried apricots
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
½ cup fresh lemon juice
½ cup honey
3 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger (optional)

In a heavy saucepan combine apricots, lemon zest, ¼ cup lemon juice and 2 cups water.

Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 45 min. to 1 hour, or until apricots are soft.

Transfer apricots and liquid to a food processor and puree until smooth.

Return to the saucepan, along with honey and the remaining ¼ cup lemon juice.

Simmer, stirring often, until very thick; about 1 hour. Add ginger and let cool.

Makes about 2½ cups

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  1. Val, this looks just scrumptious! Oh... I wish I'd been more joust oriented this month - I love the ingredients! Maybe I can still get something in.

  2. Great entry Val!!! Your picture of it is incredible!

  3. scones bring back so many memories of new zealand... i must make scones for my kids one day (makes a change form kalitsounia) - thanks for the quote from zorba the greek - so appropriate

  4. Oooh Val, these look SO great. I could eat scones all day long. I love how you used the apricot and ginger twice. And, that these have less butter than your typical scone recipe. Yum yum!

  5. AnonymousJune 28, 2008

    Of course this is the most gorgeous entry. What a lovely combination of flavors this must be! Cool event too.

  6. What a delicious looking entry! You are so very creative!

  7. Yummy. What a flavour boost! That apricot-ginger pairing must have been delicious!

  8. This looks like a spectacular entry and this is the way I want to wake up in the morning.

  9. Scones scare me - but yours look great!

  10. Good luck with the Joust, sis.

  11. These look delicous. Think I will give the Royal Foodie Joust a go next month. I have tagged you for a meme

  12. That scone looks great! I really like the sound of that apricot honey butter.

  13. This looks and sounds so delicious - I'm hungry right now - wish I had one!

  14. That must taste divine! Really gorgeous!



  15. ooh the color
    should be perfect for any gathering

  16. nice contribution! i'd eat the apricot honey butter with a spoon and not think twice about it. glorious!

  17. Oooh, I like. Good idea. I was thinking that scones sounded good! Good luck in the joust. May you prevail!

  18. AnonymousJune 29, 2008

    Mmmmmm! Lovely scones!

  19. Wow! That's all I need to say. Wow!

  20. AnonymousJune 29, 2008

    A well deserved honor indeed :)

  21. what a wonderful combination. I love crystallized ginger. I have quite a few apricots at the moment. I better get cracking on making some crystallized ginger.

  22. These look yummy and gorgeous. I love scones. I used to wish I could be in the Royal Foodie Joust, but I don't think I could measure up to stuff like this!!!

  23. AnonymousJuly 01, 2008

    Great entry! Good luck in the Joust!

  24. You had me at "apricot ginger scones," but "apricot honey butter?" Now that's just gratuitous deliciousness, Val.

  25. Absolutely swoon-worthy Val...o boy! Don't I just love the combination & your creativity! Great pictures too.


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