Savory Valentine’s Scones

February 9, 2016

A pair of tasty recipes sure to warm the hearts of loved ones.

Forget the overly sweet treats that traditionally dominate Valentine’s Day. This season we’ve fallen for light, buttery scones baked by Jeran McConnel of lifestyle blog Oleander + Palm. Her savory scones recipe can go two ways, depending on your crowd: a tasty pesto Parmesan variety and a tangy-meets-sweet blue cheese and fig pairing. To really show you care, serve them with olives, tiny grape tomatoes, and some prosciutto, plus a side of champagne or rosé in pretty pink glasses.


Pesto Parmesan Scones Recipe
Servings: Makes 18 (using 2-inch cookie cutter)

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter (cold and cut into ½-inch cubes)
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
⅓ cup pesto
⅔ cup milk

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together. Cut the cold butter into the flour with two knives until it looks like coarse meal. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix. Then add the milk and just barely combine the ingredients by tossing it gently with a spoon. While it’s still crumbly, add the pesto. Gently knead the dough into a ball (the less you handle the dough the more tender it will be). On a well-floured surface, pat out the dough to ½ inch thick and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out small heart shapes. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for about 10-12 minutes.


Blue Cheese Fig Scones Recipe
Servings: Makes 18 (using 2-inch cookie cutter)

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter (cold and cut into ½-inch cubes)
⅔ cup blue cheese crumbles
½ cup finely chopped dried figs
⅔ cup milk

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together. Cut the cold butter into the flour with two knives until it looks like coarse meal. Add the blue cheese and dried figs and mix. Add the milk and just barely combine the ingredients by tossing it gently with a spoon. Gently knead the dough into a ball (the less you handle the dough the more tender it will be). On a well-floured surface, pat out the dough to ½ inch thick and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out small heart shapes. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for about 10-12 minutes.