I’m not sure if it’s his age or his personality, but FishBoy 6 has been loving all sorts of cooking and crafting activities lately. I have a myriad of pink, handcut hearts strewn all over the school room floor as he has been working on Valentines this week. Yesterday he helped me prepare a veggie tray. And here he is helping me make some of our favorite scones. They are delicious and super easy to make with kids.
Maple-Oat Heart-Shaped Scones
- 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter cut into pieces
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp maple flavoring
- colored sugar for sprinkling on the scones : white, pink, or red sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Measure the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt into the bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade. Secure the lid and pulse briefly to mix.
- Add the butter pieces and process until coarse crumbs are formed. Pour this crumb mixture into a large mixing bowl.
- If you do not have a food processor, the same effect can be achieved in a mixing bowl with a pastry blender, fork, or two table knives held together.
- In the now empty processor bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, and maple extract. Blend until smooth.
- Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry crumb mixture and stir quickly, just until a dough forms. Overmixing will result in tough scones.
- Empty the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead three or four times with floury hands. The dough will be sticky.
- Shape the dough into a large, flat round. Cut into eight wedges and pull them apart. As you separate the wedges, indent the rounded side so that it forms the top of a narrow heart. The point of the wedge will form the point of the heart.
- Place the eight hearts equally spaced on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with the colored sugars and bake for 15-20 minutes or until done.