Low Fat Blueberry Scones....I came across this recipe (check out Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog) and immediately thought...Low Fat Scone?! I won't feel too bad if I add some creme fraiche with a dollop of jam on these scones!
So, I ventured out to try the recipe... I was amazed at the result. For being low fat the scone was light, fluffy, moist and not dense at all. It wasn't sweet and the blueberries added a touch of tartness to the scone. They also look great when they come out of the oven as well (not to mention the wonderful aroma that lingers in the kitchen). I have to say that I liked the recipe and so I decided to post it. Hope you enjoy...
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used a pinch)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon grated orange or lemon zest (I used orange)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt (I used 2% milk with juice of a 1/2 lemon
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 tsp almond extract, optional
- 1 - 2 cups fresh blueberries*
Preheat oven to 400 deg F .
1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender, until fine.
3. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl then add to the dry ingredients, stirring with a fork until all the mixture has been moistened. (I usually mix half way and then fold in the blueberries so that I don't overwork the dough). Fold in the blueberries. The key is to not overwork the dough... just mix until it just comes together. Don't feel the need to press and compact the dough...it will get tough!
4. Drop by large spoonfuls(I used a 1/4 cup measurement and formed them(lightly...don't compact) into balls....be gentle with this kind of dough) onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 1 tsp of the peel from the citrus you chose earlier.
- 3 Tbsp of lemon or orange juice( I used milk) .
- a drop of almond extract, optional.
1. Mix all ingredients and drizzle over scones while still warm. Enjoy!