Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Red Pepper Smoked Garlic Whole Wheat Scones


For those of you who have sworn off carbs for the new year, it's time to get back on the carb train. Really. enough already.

I have a super flavorful suggestion here for your binge. Savory scones packed with spicy smoky flavor. Who could resist them? Not. me.



Whole Foods has the nerve to be selling these sexy stalks of smoked garlic. I stared longingly at them right before Thanksgiving but I pinched myself into focusing on my shopping list for the big meal and moved on.


These fragrant stalks turned up again during a recent visit and I had no choice but to break down and throw one in my shopping basket. The reason? I have been pondering a new scone recipe studded with red peppers. This smoky garlic was the perfect match for them.



I debated roasting the garlic before using it in the recipe. I was curious to see how it would work just adding it to the batter in its raw form. Curiosity won out. It works perfectly in these scones but I definitely will try the roasted version next time.



For the peppers, I used ones that had medium heat but if you would like to turn up the volume, by all means, use the hottest ones you can stand. 


If you can't find smoked garlic, you can add some liquid smoke to the recipe. Alternatively, if you are one of those people who likes to use their grill in the winter, smoke the peppers or regular garlic yourself.



Smoky and spicy are now my two new favorite ways to start off the new year.  


Red Pepper Smoked Garlic Scones
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 scones
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoon or 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 red hot peppers (I used red Fresno peppers) seeded, stem removed and chopped
  • 3 large smoked garlic cloves chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and mix into the dry ingredients. Use your hands to rub it in until the dough takes on a coarse texture.
  • Add the egg and heavy cream and knead everything into a smooth dough.
  • Knead in the chopped pepper and smoked garlic.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat out into a flat shape.
  • Use a cutter to form 8 pieces or alternately, use your hands to form round shapes.
  • Transfer the shapes to the baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 12 -15 minutes or until the scones start to turn slightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and transfer the scones to a baking sheet. Let cool before serving. 

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