Spicy Nectarine Scones
I first developed this recipe, by pure accident. I will give you a brief story line so it doesn’t get boring.
One afternoon on the week-end I was making chicken quesadilla, and I am a little tricky when it comes to feeding my family because I hide certain vegetables, or substitute certain ingredients for healthier alternatives, that naturally if my little family knew the truth they would probably not eat it, so I have to be sneaky about it. Any how my husband likes to use a sour cream dip to dip his quesadilla into, and that’s fine, but I’m not a fan of sour cream cause it’s usually fatty, and the ones that are low in fat have artificial thickeners and sweeteners to substitute for the lack of fat, so I use Greek yogurt instead, but he doesn’t know. Hopefully he doesn’t read this or the cat will be out of the bag for sure. So this time I was in a rush, and I picked up the vanilla Greek yogurt instead of the plain. Oops, I spiced it up with cayenne pepper like I usually do for him, and sat it on the table for him. First dip my hubby just looks at me, and says, ” this isn’t sour cream.” I just looked at him, and thought oh no I am busted, he finally realized well after a year of me not buying sour cream, that I changed it. At this point I didn’t realize that I had used the vanilla yogurt by accident. I was just about to spill my confession when he said, “its vanilla yogurt.” So instead of telling my secret I just simply apologized and said ” Oh I guess we don’t have any sour cream, I didn’t realize it was vanilla yogurt.” That part was true, but I couldn’t mix up any plain yogurt for him cause he would have been watching, and realized what I was doing. See the things I go through to keep my family healthy.
Now that brings me to these Spicy Nectarine Scones recipe. I hate to waste, and couldn’t manage to through out 1/2 cup of yogurt. Luckily my hubby uses a spoon to scoop out little portions at a time onto his dish, so I wasn’t worried about whether or not chicken or other ingredients had mixed in the yogurt. I wrapped it up, placed it in the fridge, and started thinking of different recipes I could create using the cayenne spiced vanilla yogurt.
These scones still have a nice sweet side to them from the fresh juicy nectarines, but a simple hint of a little spice that turned out to be very complimentary. I am glad I didn’t get caught in my little scam yet, but I am glad for the little accidental run in for the simple reason of the creation of these delightful Spicy Nectarine Scones recipe.
I hope you give them a try, they are delicious with a glass of wine after dinner, or even in the morning with a cup of hot coffee. I look forward to your comments, and thanks for visiting. Ciao for now!
Spicy Nectarine Scones
Recipe type: Scones
- 1 cup organic white flour
- 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup coconut oil, (**melted but not hot**) if you don’t have coconut oil you can use ¼ cup of cold butter cubed.
- 2 tbsp. organic sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seed mixed with 2 tbsp. of water. (This is to substitute for one egg, you can use an egg if you like, I just prefer to cut back on the cholesterol and fat.)
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- ⅛ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, you can use less or more depending on the amount of spice you like. When I originally mixed the yogurt and cayenne it probably had a little more than ¼ tsp. and I could taste it mildly in the dough, so if you want just a hint of the spice go with ¼ tsp. if you would like a little more just add a tiny amount more till you find what you like. Taste the dough.
- 3 ripe nectarines, 2 of them peeled and cut into small pieces and the other just sliced with the skin on.
- Pre-heat oven to 425F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl mix both flours, with baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, sea salt, and sugar, whisk to blend.
- In a small dish mix ground flax seed and water, stir and set aside for a minute it will become more like a paste in a minute.
- If you use an egg whisk it set aside.
- Blend either coconut oil or butter in with the flour mixture just till crumbled, add in flax seed mixture or egg and blend in, Toss in the pieces of nectarine, than add in the ½ a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, working the dough till it is all pulled together and no more dry flour is present, turn out onto a lightly floured clean surface and knead the dough a coupl of times.
- Form the dough into a round circle that is about 1″ thick all around, cut into 8 equal pieces and transfer to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place a slice of nectarine over each scone, sprinkle the tops with a little extra sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. You can just mix a tsp. or so of sugar in a dish with about an ⅛ tsp. of cinnamon, mix it up and sprinkle over the tops.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 maybe 20 minutes till tops are nice and golden brown on top
- Remove from oven allow to cool for 5 minutes transfer to a plate, and enjoy.