Scones for Candace


Started thinking about scones this morning for two reasons.  1) I have some créme fraiche in the fridge, as you know by now. 2) The wonders of Facebook have put me back in touch with my old high school friend, Heidi.  Her status the other morning was about baking muffins, and that got me thinking about her mom Candace.  More specifically, about Candace's apricot ginger scones.  Candace was a great cook (though much more precise than me).  Wherever she is, I hope she's still cooking.

This is a basic scone recipe from Barefoot Contessa, and I've substituted créme fraiche for cream and added lemon zest, diced dried apricots and candied ginger.  All you need for this is a bowl and your fingertips.  I always bake my scones in a round and cut them into wedges afterward.  Easier and more tender results.  You don't end up with those dried-out edges that  you see in so many bakeries.

By the way, Jordan's mom Barb, a Californian, sent up a beautiful bag of lemons.  Beware.  It is now officially lemon month. Stock up.

Apricot Ginger Scones
2 c. flour
1 Tb. baking powder
1 Tb. sugar
1 ts. salt
3 Tb. diced candied ginger
1/4 c. diced dried apricots
2 Tb. finely grated lemon zest
7 Tb. cold butter
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 c. cold créme fraiche or heavy cream
bakers' sugar crystals or sugar for the top

Preheat oven to 400.  Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Work in butter with your fingertips until mixture is pebbly.  Add ginger, apricots, and lemon zest.  Add eggs and créme fraiche and mix until just holding together.  Pat into a round about 3/4" high and 6" diameter.  Cut into 8 wedges and scatter sugar crystals or sugar over the top.  Bake until slightly golden, about 20 minutes.  Let cool a bit before pulling out wedges.  These were delicious with my leftover lemon curd...some of you might have it sitting around!