Back in the spring of 2003 Anne and I did something crazy and bought Abbeymoore Manor Bed & Breakfast in Victoria. We weren't looking for a mid life change of direction nor had we harboured fantasys of the "B&B Life". The opportunity simply presented itself and somehow the stars aligned and we became innkeepers almost overnight.
To put things in perspective Anne had never stayed at a B&B nor had she ever baked a scone. Seriously! Luckily Anne is a fabulous baker and so after some research and plenty of practice I daresay Anne is one of the best sconemakers out there.
She bakes a lot of different scones but the Maple Pecan cream style scone reigns supreme in the court of guest opinion.
Here's the Recipe:
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Using fingertips, rub in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Do not overblend. Stir in chopped pecans.
Whisk cream, egg yolks, and maple extract in medium bowl to blend. Pour over flour mixture; stir until moist clumps form. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface and knead gently until smooth, about 4 turns.
Pat dough out to 1/2-inch-thickness. Using 2-inch-diameter glass or cutter, cut out scones.
Gather scraps. Pat out dough and cut out additional scones.
Transfer scones to prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg glaze.
Bake until scones are browned and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 13 minutes.
Cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes about 10 scones.
In #yyj today? #findchristmashere at Abbeymoore. The fire is burning and the mansion's halls are decked with cheer. Your room's at the inn!
Saturday, December 20, 2014