This spring, as soon as fresh apricots made an appearance at the grocery store, I made a salad with them and the first sprigs of tarragon from my garden. The combination was good, day-dreamy good, and my mind wandered to familiar territory: butter, baking, and scones.
Do you remember a few weeks back when I shared an apricot and strawberry cobbler with you? I told you how the apricots had actually been meant for a batch of scones but (because life happens) they wound up in a cobbler instead. Don’t get me wrong, that cobbler was outstanding and if you haven’t tried it yet, or at least tried the combination of apricots and strawberries, you should. Now.
Just because those apricots became a cobbler doesn’t mean I gave up on my dream of fresh apricot scones. I finally got to them and they were as good in my real world as they were in my day-dreamy fantasy world. Buttery baked goods and ripe stone fruits are always a winning combination in my book (uh, peach pie anyone?) and the presence of tarragon adds an air of intrigue.
Scones are amazing for a number of reasons, quick and easy being right up there with buttery, flaky, and delicious. Just measure out flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, and a spoonful of sugar. Whisk together and cut in cubes of butter with a knife or pastry blender. You can use a food processor, if you like, but that always seems like way more effort (and more dishes) than I want to put forth first thing in the morning. Stir in diced apricots and chopped tarragon, then pour in cream and stir until just combined.
Turn the dough out and press into a circle. Cut in 8 wedges, brush with a touch more cream, and sprinkle with sugar. Transfer to a baking sheet and pop ’em in the oven until the tops are golden. By the time your coffee is done brewing, they’ll be ready and waiting.
Grab the paper and your coffee and head out to your patio or the nearest patch of grass and eat your scones al fresco. Kick up your feet for a moment and slip into buttery, apricot and tarragon breakfast heaven. Today’s off to a good start.
- 2 c. Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
- 3 Tbsp. Sugar, divided
- 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 5 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, cut into ¼ in. cubes and very cold
- ¾ c. (about 4) Fresh Apricots, peeled and diced
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh Tarragon Leaves, chopped
- 1 c. + 1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream
- Preheat oven to 450°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour, 2 Tbsp. sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Scatter the cold butter over the dry ingredients and cut in, using a pastry cutter or 2 knives. If you prefer, you can use a food processor. Cut or pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal (it's okay if there are some larger pieces). Stir the diced apricots and tarragon into the dry ingredients. Add 1 c. cream and stir until the dough just comes together.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured counter or board and knead once or twice to help all the floury bits stick together. Press the dough into an 8-9 in. disk and cut into 8 wedges. Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet, brush with the remaining 1 Tbsp. cream and sprinkle with the remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar.
- Bake until tops are lightly golden and the center is no longer doughy, 14-15 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.