Maple Oatmeal Scones
Tender and flaky, these maple scones have a handful of oatmeal inside, are baked to buttery perfection, and then drizzled with a maple syrup icing!
8 large scones
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, sliced
1/4 cup buttermilk or kefir
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Egg wash ingredients:
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
Oats, for sprinkling
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, oats, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter, using a fork or a pastry blender, until butter is in pea-sized lumps. Some remaining lumps of butter are perfectly fine, and help make flakier scones.
2. In a small bowl or a 2-cup measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, maple syrup, and eggs, beating lightly to mix. Add to dry ingredients and stir gently until a thick ball of dough forms.
3. With clean hands, gently knead the ball of dough a few times. Dough should be slightly sticky/wet. Just gently form the dough into a ball and then start flattening it into a large circle, about an inch thick. You can flatten the dough on a lightly-floured surface, or right on a large baking sheet.
4. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the circle of dough into 8 wedges. (If you want smaller scones, either cut the dough into 12 wedges, or make two, smaller circles of dough and cut each into 6-8 wedges.) Place the wedges on a baking sheet, either in circle (close together) or else separated (like cookies).
5. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg white and teaspoon of water. Brush a thin layer over the tops of the scones. Sprinkle lightly with oats.
6. Bake scones at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and done inside. Place scones on a wire rack to cool.
7. To make glaze, put powdered sugar in a small bowl or a 1-cup measuring cup. Add vanilla extract, and then use a fork to stir in enough maple syrup to make a glaze that will drizzle.
8. Drizzle glaze over hot or warm scones, or wait until scones are cooled. More glaze will run off of hot scones, so let them cool a little if you want a thicker glaze. (I prefer the glaze to end up on my scones rather than mostly on the counter!) Enjoy!
Scones are best enjoyed within a day or two of being made, although they'll keep longer. Store these in a sealed container or bag.
Adapted from Food Network's Maple Oatmeal Scones. Instructions and photos are my original! :)
These scones are easy to make, and a perfect companion to hot tea or coffee on a cool day. We've shared these with friends and coworkers, and they're always enjoyed! The butter and maple syrup makes these scones a more expensive treat, but if you want something over-the-top beautiful and delicious, these maple oatmeal scones are definitely there.