Saturday, June 19, 2010

Scones for Dad's Day

Are you doing something special for dad's big day? Are you tying on your aprons and whipping up a little breakfast in bed or maybe a nice brunch? I was working at the catering company the other day and one of the gals was making a batch of the most amazing strawberry pistachio scones. Well, my husband loves pistachios so I knew immediately that I'd be baking up some of those for Father's day. I don't know what exactly went into those scones so I came up with my own version.

Strawberry Pistachio Scones
by theUngourmet -inspired by Chef John

2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 stick of cold unsalted butter
1 egg
3/4 cup half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries. (Trader Joe's are wonderful!)
1/2-3/4 cup roasted unsalted pistachios

softened butter
raw sugar

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter. In another bowl whisk together the egg, half and half and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Mix to combine. Fold in the strawberries and pistachios. Roll out dough to a 1 inch thick circle on a well floured board. Cut into 10 equal pieces (like a pie). Brush with softened butter and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake at 375 degrees on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Happy Dad's Day from the Ungourmet!