January 17, 2011

The Weekend & Maple Pecan Cream Scones


Napkin. Napkin. Plate. Plate. Glass. Glass. Pour. Pour. Forks. Spoons. Knives. Vitamins.

Milk. Sugar.

Coffee mug. Coffee mug. Plug in toaster oven. Coffee mugs on toaster oven.

Bread. Slice. Slice. Bread in toaster oven.

Butter on table.

Orange. Orange. Knife. Cutting board. Slice. Slice. Bowl.

Bowl on table.

Apple cake. Slice. Slice. Plate.

Plate on table.

Wait. Wait.

Stir? Stir...

Coffee maker. Go.

Toaster oven. Toast.

Coffee mugs on toaster oven. Warm. Warm.

Good morning.


Haricots Verts




Blanched Haricots Verts and cremini, butter sautéed.


Soup au Pistou, a la Daniel Boulud and maple pecan cream scones, a la moi.


Nestled beneath the fleece my mind buzzed a million miles a minute. Maple pecan scones. I'll toast the pecans. Use up the last of the cream. Create my very own recipe.

Maple Pecan Cream Scones

Whisk together in a large bowl:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons raw sugar
3/4 cup toasted/chopped pecans

Add wet ingredients to dry:
1 cup cream
2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup

Stir until just combined and turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently (about 8 to 10 times). Pat dough down until roughly 1/2 inch thick (square it up or leave it free-form—it's your call).

If you square it up, quarter and then halve quarters (you'll get about eight pieces). If you leave it free-form, cut out using 2" round cutter (you'll get about 9 rounds).

Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet.

Brush tops with cream and sprinkle heavily with more raw sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.


  1. Lovely, I like the sound of the crunchy topping very much.

  2. Looks like a great weekend of good eating and beautiful photos.

  3. Ooh, I'd like to try a bit of everything but it's those scones which have captured my heart. I'm sleepy in the morning but would like to wake up in your way over a breakfast like that.

  4. maple cream scones! Delicious. I miss the weekend already.

  5. Love your vibrant photos, especially those bright haricot verts! The scones look great, pecan and maple are such a fantastic combination :)

  6. Fantastic photos. Off to start our morning routine. It's funny, i notice how my husbands movements are always exactly the same when he makes his breakfast, but i'm all over the place.

  7. Kath - We stored the leftovers, so they lost their subtle crunch, but still just as delicious.

    Michele - I was shocked at how many photos I ended up taking over the weekend.

    Vanessa - It's a morning ritual that I love. It's quiet and the result is a very nice leisurely breakfast before the workday begins.

    madebyfrances - I have to keep myself from eating just one at a time...

    Nancy - Thanks :) They are a great match. I think I may have found my favorite scone.

    Nicole - I've become a creature of habit. It keeps me a bit centered before a hectic work day begins. Then I get off-center and that's when the habit of dinner ritual saves the day :)

  8. brilliant brilliant scones
    sweet sweet plates

    you got the touch!

  9. I love the way those haricots verts popped out and surprised me as I was scrolling through this post.

  10. I agree with Denise... the pow! green of the haricots after the first B&W photo was splendid. And those scones on the mod tablecloth with the soup are equally enthralling! I felt like I was in your kitchen, casually chatting, sipping and munching.

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  12. Perfect. The scones and soup look delicious! And those haricots? Gorgeous!

  13. I do so love your weekend routines. :-) Simple, beautiful, delicious. :-)

  14. oh man. these scones look absolutely wonderful.

  15. Hi Tracy, just wanted to touch base with you and let you know I'm missing your posts and hope you are OK. :-)

  16. I am reading your blog first thing, before breakfast, and these scones look delicious!

    Such great creations, fabulous blog...

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