I made these scones this morning, on a whim and a prayer. I intended to make apricot scones, but found only dried pineapple. Turns out, pineapple and ginger are a luscious scone combination. This recipe is limited only by the dried fruit in your pantry. What combination strikes your fancy? Cranberry and orange? Apricot and almond? Dried cherry and chocolate? Let me know in the comments. All reasonable requests will be honored.
Gingery Pineapple Scones
1/ 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional, but quite nice)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, and grated on the coarse side of a shredder
4 ounces dried pineapple, chopped
2 ounces crystallized ginger, chopped
1/2 cup buttermilk (whole, if you can find it)
Extra buttermilk, or cream, for brushing the tops
Demerara or sparkle sugar, for tops
1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Pour in the grated butter and using your fingers, smush until the butter is incorporated, forming coarse crumbs with some the size of peas. Add in dried pineapple and ginger.
3. In a mixing cup, stir together egg and buttermilk. Add to the dry ingredients and using a spatula, stir just until combined.
4. Lightly flour the counter and turn dough out. Shape into a an 8-inch round and use a knife to cut out 8 wedges. Place the wedges on the baking sheet. Brush with cream or buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar.
5. Bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool and serve warm.
Text and images copyright 2010, Lucy Mercer.