Anything with pecans, to me, means comfort food. These are a wonderful scones mixed with cheese and herbs…….yummy-yummy.
You will need:
- 1 cup toasted, coarsely chopped pecans
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup finely ground toasted pecans
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/4 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. mustard
- Shredded cheese for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl combine flour, ground pecans, baking powder, soda and salt.
Using a pastry blender cut in butter until mixture looks like a coarse meal. Stir in the Gruyere cheese, chopped pecans and thyme. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture.
In a small bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk, honey and mustard. Add all at once to the flour mixture.
Turn dough out onto a lightly flolured surface. Knead gently 10-12 strokes until nearly smooth. Divide in half. Roll and pat into 2- 6 inch circles. Cut each circle into 6 triangles. Place the triangles on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.
Transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm. You could, at this time, drizzle a little honey over the top of each scone.
Now, make a pot of tea/coffee, grab a good book/friend and enjoy a quiet time.