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Daily Recipe: Lemon and Dried Blueberry Scones

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There’s something magical about a baked good.

Perhaps it’s the fact that you can pass something so sweet off as breakfast. Whatever the case, we love a good pastry. Seeing as we have dried blueberries on sale this week, we figured it made sense to feature a recipe using this dried fruit.

Don’t let the size of these guys fool you, they are a calorie-dense food, with a 1/3 cup providing 130 calories. This makes them a good snack for athletes, as they provide a lot of energy in a small amount of food.

Need any other reasons to fall in love with this berry? Here are some fun facts to seal the deal. July is national blueberry month because it’s the peak of the harvest season. These little berries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits and vegetables and recent studies have shown they may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Minnesota and New Jersey fell deeply in love with this berry. So much so that Minnesota claimed the blueberry muffin as its official state muffin (Texas’ is a corn and pepper muffin, if you were wondering) and New Jersey claimed the berry as its official state fruit.

There’s a lot to love about blueberries. Come pick up some dried blueberries and try them out in this sure-to-please scone recipe. Happy eating!

Lemon and Dried Blueberry Muffin

From Epi Curious

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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups dried blueberries
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp homemade buttermilk (1 cup+ 1 Tbsp milk and 1 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest

First you’ll want to make your buttermilk. To do this, take your 1 Tbsp lemon juice and put it in a measuring cup. Add your 1 cup+1 Tbsp milk and lets stand for five minutes, and you will have buttermilk!

Next, position rack in the top third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk flour and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl. Using fingertips, rub chilled butter until pieces are the size of small peas. Add dried blueberries and toss to coat. Mix 1 cups buttermilk and lemon zest in a measuring cup. Pour buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients and stir until dough beings to form (some of the flour will not be incorporated). Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and gather the dough together.

Knead dough briefly, about 5 turns. Diving dough in half. Form each dough half into a ball and flatten into a 1-inch-thick disk. Cut each disk into 6 wedges. Transfer scones to a prepared baking sheet, spacing 1 inch apart. Brush tops with remaining 1 Tbsp of buttermilk and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar. Bake until scones are golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Written by cscdavis

February 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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