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Sugar Plum Scones

Dried plums and a sprinkling of coarse sugar make these treats delightfully Christmasy. Spread them with butter, cream cheese or preserves.—Julie McQuiston, Bradenton, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk egg and buttermilk; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened. Stir in plums and orange zest. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.
  • Divide dough in half; pat each into a 7-in. circle. Cut each into six wedges. Separate wedges and place on a greased baking sheet. Combine egg and milk; brush over scones. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 279 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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