For those of you who have never been to Great Harvest, you NEED to find one and go. They have amazing baked goods and their concoctions surpass the ordinary. Every Great Harvest seems to have their specialty though, and for the one where I live, it’s scones. My favorite is the Peach Pie, but I also really like the Apricot Almond. I don’t know what their secret is, and I can’t pinpoint what makes their scones stand out so much. All I know is that despite trying many, many good scone recipes, their scones still take top place.
So, with an abundance of apricots growing on our trees, I decided to make my own Apricot Almond Scones the other day. They aren’t a replica of Great Harvest’s, but they’re definitely good in their own way. They’re light, with texture from slivered almond and chopped apricots and a prominent almondy flavor. I actually just went to take a bite of one right now so I could describe them accurately :)
Apricot Almond Scones
(makes 12 scones)
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 T baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, frozen
1/2 stick almond paste (3.5 oz)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup apricots, chopped
Preheat oven to 375F
1. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment and pulse a few times to mix. Cut the butter and almond paste into small chunks and add to the flour mixture, processing until both are incorporated to the point where no large pieces remain. Pulse in the sugar, and then add the milk and almond extract. Pulse just until the ingredients come together to form a dough. Put the dough into a large bowl and mix the slivered almonds and chopped apricots in by hand, only enough to get them evenly dispersed.
2. Using a spatula, separate the dough into 12 mounds on a prepared baking sheet. If necessary, use your hand or the spatula to round out and smooth the mounds slightly so they will bake evenly.
3. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.