Fig & Rosemary Scones

By leah.vandeveldt
February 3, 2012
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Author Notes: These may be the easiest scones ever. Using cream instead of a butter dough simplifies things but doesn’t sacrifice the taste that you want in a homemade scone.

The basic recipe which has just 3 (THREE!) main ingredients is from the beautiful Australian magazine Gourmet Traveller. The figs with rosemary were just a combination I was craving and decided to toss them in the mix. I recommend serving these babies warm with a little dollop of ricotta and a drizzle of honey. Or just some butter would do nicely too!

Makes: 10-12 small scones

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 5-6 dried figs, chopped into very small pieces (think raisin size)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, for brushing
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C.
  2. Whip cream and sugar with an electric mixer until firm peaks form (3-4 minutes.)
  3. Stir flour, rosemary, figs and salt into the whipped cream until a soft dough forms.
  4. Turn onto a well-floured surface and kneed until smooth (2-3 minutes.) Add a little extra flour if the dough is a little sticky at this point.
  5. Roll dough to 3/4 inch thick on a well-floured surface. Cut into circles using a 2-inch (approx.) diameter round cookie cutter or drinking glass.
  6. Place scones on a baking paper-lined oven tray. Brush tops with milk.
  7. Bake until risen and golden (10-15 minutes.)
  8. Let cool and serve warm or at room temperature. (But warm, really.)

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