White Chocolate Chip Apricot Scones

White Chocolate Chip Apricot Scones

White Chocolate Chip Scones  is one of our guests’ favorite  breakfast items. After breakfast we get lots of requests for this recipe. After the scones are prepped you can freeze the dough.  Then, when you are ready for breakfast you can put them frozen directly into the oven.  Allow about 7 – 10 more minutes cooking time.

2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest (I use a micro-planer)
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
1 Large egg

1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the cream, egg and vanilla. Chill until ready to use.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and orange peel and pulse to combine (the flour mixture should be fragrant). Add the butter and pulse to form a coarse meal with pieces of butter no larger than pea-sized. Add 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and pulse a couple times to chop the chocolate a bit and combine.

Transfer mixture to a separate mixing bowl and add the remaining 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and apricot pieces and toss to evenly distribute. Slowly stream in the cream mixture and fold gently until the dough just holds together. Turn out onto a work surface or sheet of plastic wrap. Knead gently to pull in any crumbs. If prepping in advance, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Pat dough into a large disc, about 3/4-inch thick. Fold in half or thirds and pat out to 3/4-inch thickness. Fold in half or thirds one more time. Pat into a disc about 3/4-inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges. Spead them out a little and arrange on the baking sheet. Brush tops with egg wash and dust lightly with sugar.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden.

White Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe by Chef Gayle Darugh

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