I really wanted to bake something this morning, but it is so nice out that I couldn't bring myself to devote a lot of time to it. I hadn't made scones in a long time and they seemed to be the perfect midmorning baking event for me.
I ended up throwing together some delicous scones. I am impressed. Here is the recipe:
Sage, Pine Nut, and Pecorino Scones
Preheat oven to 400F
In a large bowl combine 1 3/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, and 2 tablespoons sugar.
Work in 5 tablespoons unsalted butter with your hands until you have a coarse meal.
Then incorporate 2 tablespoons pine nuts, 3 tablespoons grated pecorino, and 1 and a half tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh sage.
In another bowl mix 1/2 cup milk and 1 tablespoon prepared pesto.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk/pesto.
Combine all into a sticky dough, do not over mix. When just coming together knead a few times with lightly floured hands.
Press the mixture into the bottom of the large bowl you are working in to form a smooth circle under an inch thick and cut into 8 equal triangles (as you would cut a pie).
Carefully transfer these pieces to a baking sheet lined with a silpat mat or parchment paper, brush the tops lightly with water, and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
Bake for about fifteen minutes or until the tops are turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
These turned out so well I can hardly believe it. Of course, you can be creative and add whatever extras you please. I love savory fillings with a sweet dough. Serve warm with butter.