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Thursday, March 29, 2012

grapefruit scones

I have no idea why I never thought of using grapefruit zest in baking - I certainly use enough lemon and orange zest! But grapefruit never crossed my mind, until yesterday, when I was fiddling with a scone recipe and noticed my breakfast leftovers on the counter - half a grapefruit. Hum, why not?

I tried it out and was stunned as I pulled out the baking sheet to find puffy, light, and very high scones. I think it's most likely that the acid in the grapefruit juice reacted strongly with the baking powder, and oh, what a difference it made!

Paired with a new jar of homemade marmalade, this was the most swoonable scone I've ever made - hope you enjoy.

Makes 6 scones.

Preheat oven to 350F.
Fit a baking sheet with clean foil, shiny side up.

2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 T. grapefruit zest
1 t. orange zest
pinch kosher salt
1 T. fresh grapefruit juice
3/4 cup buttermilk

In mixer bowl, add the flour, butter pieces, sugar, grapefruit and orange zest, salt and baking powder and mix until the butter is well incorporated.

Add the grapefruit juice and buttermilk and mix quickly. It should form a soft but not wet ball of dough. If it's too dry, add more buttermilk or grapefruit juice, a tablespoon at a time.

Scrape the dough onto a floured counter and pat gently into a circle, sprinkling a little flour as you form the circle.

Cut the circle in half with a floured knife, then cut each half two more times so you have 6 pieces.

Place the pieces on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, or until the scones are firm on top when gently pressed and very light when you pick them up. Remove to a cooling rack until cool, and serve with jam or marmalade, sprinkle with a little confectioner's sugar if you wish.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Karina Allrich said...

The word mouthwatering comes to mind. Happy Spring! xox

katrina said...

Oh, so AMAZING, Karina! I shared a few with friends ( which, let me tell you was really hard to do:) and they all were amazed that the grapefruit flavor came through with every delicious bit of scone. Merci alot!

Barb said...

i tried to leave you a comment the other day, but apparently Blogger was having some issues. Let's see if it's working today.

These scones looks soooo good - recipe please?

katrina said...

Barb - the recipe is right above:) Sorry to hear (again!) about Blogger issues with comments. Too much fiddling around with new formats, maybe?

Barb said...

Duh!!! I am losing my mind, aren't I? ( maybe I'll just blame it on Blogger. Sorry.)

katrina said...

Oh, let's blame Blogger, Barb:)

Anonymous said...

I wish I could Pin this on Pinterest to save for later. Maybe a feature you can add to your site?

katrina said...

Anonymous - you can copy the recipe link, go to Pinterest and click under the ADD button, then paste. I don't know how to add a Pinterest button yet. I am a very low tech food writer:) But glad you liked! I'll try to pin it tonight to my Pinterest site.... Thanks for the thumbs up!

katrina said...

Anonymous - that has already been pinned:

Just under blog archive, you can find Pinterest on the list, hope this helps!