Apricot-walnut scones

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Recipe: #39946

December 29, 2022

"Recipe source: Bon Appetit (December 2009)"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (117.6 g)
  • Calories 414.2
  • Total Fat - 18.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 41.1 mg
  • Sodium - 196.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 60.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.2 g
  • Sugars - 25.4 g
  • Protein - 8.2 g
  • Calcium - 225 mg
  • Iron - 2.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

In a bowl whisk first 3 ingredients (-baking powder). Stir in walnuts, apricots and raisins.

Step 3

Stir in cream and stir with a fork until blended. Transfer to work surface which has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Step 4

Knead dough until smooth (about 10 turns) and then form dough into 1 inch thick round. Cut into 6 wedges. Sift powdered sugar over and then transfer to baking sheet.

Step 5

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Step 6

***Can be made 8 hours head of time; cool completely, cover and let stand at room temperature.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For best results, use fresh walnuts and apricots for this recipe.
  • You can substitute raisins with other dried fruits like cranberries or dates.

  • Substitute coconut flakes for walnuts - Coconut flakes add a subtle sweetness and crunch to the scones, providing a delicious contrast to the sweet apricots and raisins.
  • Substitute coconut milk for heavy whipping cream - Coconut milk adds a creamy texture and a subtle hint of coconut flavor that pairs nicely with the apricots and walnuts. This substitution also makes the scones vegan-friendly.

Cranberry-Almond Scones Replace the walnuts, apricots and raisins with 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of chopped almonds. Follow all other instructions as listed.

Creamy Spinach-Artichoke Dip. This creamy, cheesy dip is the perfect accompaniment to the Apricot-Walnut Scones. The creamy, savory dip provides a nice contrast to the sweet scones and is a great way to round out the meal.

Herbed Roasted Potatoes: Roasted potatoes are a classic side dish that can easily be dressed up for a special occasion. This herbed version is seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and thyme and is the perfect complement to the creamy spinach-artichoke dip. The potatoes provide a savory and crunchy contrast to the creamy dip, making it a great way to round out the meal.


Q: How long do the scones need to bake?

A: The scones need to bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Q: What type of flour should I use?

A: For best results, use all-purpose flour. You can also use a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour.

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Fun facts:

The earliest known recipe for scones dates back to the year 1513, when the Scottish poet and courtier Thomas DOUGLAS wrote a poem about them.

The famous American chef Julia Child was known to be a fan of scones, and often served them with her afternoon tea.