Light and Airy Oat Scones

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I’m a lover of catalogs.  Always have been.  I like nothing better than opening my mailbox and finding a big fat stack of them, but this time of year it can get a little out of hand.  On our island we don’t get home mail delivery, we have to go down to the post office and pick it up.  Our teeny little boxes weren’t built for the mother lode of catalogs we get during the holidays.  If I forget to stop by one day my box gets so crammed full that it takes me pulling and the postmistress pushing from the other end just to wedge them free.

The trouble is, just when the catalogs start to pour in, time suddenly and inexplicably begins to whiz by.  And the catalogs start to accumulate. These tender oat scones will give you the perfect excuse to take a quiet moment to catch up.

Oat Scones
set oven to 425

1 cup cake flour
1 cup oat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 tablespoons sugar
5 Tbsp unsalted cold butter, cut in pieces
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream
sugar and rolled oats for sprinkling

Put the dry ingredients in the bowl of a processor and pulse to combine.  Then drop in the butter pieces and pulse just a few times till crumbly.

With the processor going, pour in the egg and cream through the feed tube and process just until it comes together…probably about 15 seconds.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form into a plump 6 inch disc.  Cut the disk in half, and the each half into 3, for a total of 6 scones.

Gently place the scones on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle a little sugar and oats over the scones.  Bake for about 15 minutes until lightly browned and firm.  Cool a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a rack.

These scones are quick to make and their simplicity lets the moist ‘oatty’ flavor and light texture shine through.  Take a deep breath, slather on a little clotted cream and thick jam, and start plowing through that stack of catalogs.


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    November 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

    These were great! I added some chopped dried apricots and oat bran to the dough, and they were awesome!

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      November 12, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Glad to hear it, Julie! I like your additions. I cook with oat bran a lot, and love it, too.

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    Sulpicia (III)
    June 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I made a half batch of these this morning. They were great! Kilian and my mother liked them too. Thanks for the recipe!

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    November 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    These look amazing!

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    November 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Lovley scones! :)

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Hungry Dog and Mary—I’ve been loving the Bob’s Red Mill Flours, they have them at a couple of our local stores, and they’ve come out with so many different ones, including oat, coconut, almond, graham, chick pea, etc. I’m obsessed with them. But the oat is the one I use the most. I just put it in everything now.

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    November 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Mmmm delicious;)Love Your mug!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    November 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

    These look fabulous – perfect sustenance for catalogue sifting!

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    November 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    These are beautiful, Sue! I love your scones each time you post a new recipe. Do you grind up regular oats to make oat flour? Or is this a special flour to buy?

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    Hungry Dog
    November 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    These are lovely! I’ve never baked with oat flour…but I can’t imagine it’s hard to find. Maybe I’ll make these over the weekend. Have a great one, Sue!

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    November 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    These look beautiful. I’ve never made scones!

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    Linda A. Thompson
    November 18, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Those scones look wonderful–I’m hungry now! :) I love catalogs, too. My favorites are the Signals and Wireless catalogs, and the Christmas LL Bean catalog. It’s just not the same getting the information in an e-mail.

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    November 18, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I’m a massive fan of scones – yours look like they have the perfect crumb! Be proud, that’s quite the accomplishment :)

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    Jen @ Savory Simple
    November 18, 2011 at 1:37 am

    These look so delicate and delicious! I will definitely have to try making them.

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    November 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    These really do look light and airy – and I know that’s not easy with scones – so delicious and lovely, lovely pics
    Mary x

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    November 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    These do look very light! Delicious!

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    November 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    These look like a perfect compliment to an afternoon cup of tea! I love something cakey with my tea.