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Walnut Sage Scones with Brown Butter Maple Glaze

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Walnut Sage Scones with Brown Butter Maple Glaze by MGrace

WHO: MGrace is from Cambridge, MA and is always on the lookout for new, exciting food inspiration.
WHAT: A tender, flaky scone full of chopped walnuts and topped with a barely sweet maple-brown butter glaze.
HOW: The butter is grated and stirred into the flour -- no pastry cutter needed! -- and folding walnuts and sage into the dough ensures that you'll taste them in every bite.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This scone combines all our favorite flavors -- walnuts, sage, maple, brown butter -- in a convenient package. We'll be doubling this recipe for breakfasts all winter.

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The lineup: butter, walnuts, milk, yogurt, flour (we used whole wheat and all-purpose), sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, sage, maple syrup, and confectioner's sugar.

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We love that MGrace uses the Cook's Illustrated technique of grating the butter.

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Aren't the butter peelings beautiful?

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Amanda assembles dry ingredients -- flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt -- while Merrill finishes up the butter.

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Ribbons of chopped sage (you can add more if you like!)

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Set aside these chopped walnuts -- you'll use them in just a bit.

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The genius of using grated butter is revealed: just mix it into the dry ingredients, no pastry cutter needed!

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After stirring in the milk and yogurt, A&M prepare to shape the (hilarious, apparently) dough.

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Press the dough together, flatten it...

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And fold it into thirds. It's ready to chill in the freezer!

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Meanwhile, the glaze: great things are about to happen to this butter.

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When the butter is brown-flecked and smells deliciously nutty, stir in the maple syrup.

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Whisk the confectioner's sugar to the bubbling mix.

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A splash of milk or cream will loosen the glaze, and you're all ready!

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Meanwhile, remove the chilled dough from the freezer and press the three layers into one.

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Spread the chopped walnuts evenly over the dough -- you want them in every bite!

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Fold the dough in half to trap the walnuts inside and shape it into a square -- you'll cut your scones from this rectangle.

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Four gorgeous scones, ready for the oven.

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Spoon the glaze over the warm scones -- it will harden as they cool.

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Breakfast is served!

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