Moist and rich but only subtly sweet, these scones are pretty as a picture. -- The Maine Stay, Kennebunkport, Maine
Yield: Makes 12 to 14 scones.
- 4 ounces dried apricots
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 sticks margarine, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup plain yogurt
Put the apricots, water, lemon juice, and honey in a food processor and mix until the consistency of a thick puree. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the margarine until creamy. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and beat until fluffy. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Add the yogurt and mix well. Then fold the apricot puree into the batter until just swirled through.
Using an ice-cream scoop, put the batter on ungreased cookie sheets, placing the mounds about 2 inches apart. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degree and bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
NOTE: After freezing the batter, the individual unbaked scones can be transferred to a plastic bag or airtight container and stored in the freezer for up to six weeks. This allows you to bake only as many scones as you need at a time.
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