Monday, September 25, 2006

Oatmeal Raisin Pistachio Scones

Oatmeal Raisin Pistachio Scones
Ever since our last visit to the doctor, we have made a conscious effort to analyse our food habits and the result was an even more conscious effort to cut down on cholesterol rich and sugary foods. Since then, whenever I wanted to bake, I found myself hunting for recipes which don't require much sugar or butter. Even if a recipe calls for such forbidden ingredients, I have been reaching out for healthy ones.

Last weekend, on a regular visit to the library, I chanced upon one such recipe in a cookbook. I did tweak it a bit to suit my restrictions or rather resolutions, but the end result was great. The recipe is for a scone. Scone as per the dictionary is a small biscuit, a type of quick bread. My brush with scones was through Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series 'A Pocket Full of Rye', where young Adelle Fortescue is discovered dead over a meal of scones and honey.

Let me cut short the story and get to the recipe...

Oatmeal Raisin Pistachio Scones:

All Purpose Flour - 1 Cup
Quick cooking Oats - 1 Cup
Brown Sugar - 3 Tbsp
Cinnamon Powder - 1 Teaspoon
Baking Powder - 11/2 Teaspoons
Milk - 1/4 Cup
Egg Whites - 2
Oil or Butter - 1/3 Cup
Raisins - 1/4 to 1/2 Cup
Chopped Pistachios - 1/4 Cup

Mix all purpose flour + baking powder + cinnamon powder. To it, add brown sugar and oats. Next add the oil or butter and bring the mixture to a crumbly state. To this, add raisins and pistachios. Beat the egg whites and milk together in a separate bowl. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix just until all the ingredients are combined. Do not knead.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and pat the dough into a 7 inch circle. Using a knife, cut into 12 wedges/triangles. Or you could use some unwaxed dental floss to get a neat cut. The dough tends to be a little sticky. If using a knife, flour the knife before using. Brush a little milk on each of the 12 wedges.

Transfer the wedges to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit or until the scones turn golden brown. My oven took 20 minutes to bake the scones.

Instead of raisins and pistachios, any dry fruit or nut can be used. Scones can be eaten as such or could be had with honey, butter or jam. They are a good accompaniment for tea.
Hope you enjoy your tea! :-)

19 comments:

HariPriya said...

wow!!!looks sooo professional...must try this one..thnx for sharing...

Krithika said...

Need to try this... looks delicious. Thanks for sharing

Hema said...

Who doesnt want to eat healthy? Better still if it looks so good! Thanks for this recipe.

Anonymous said...

The pic looks very tempting, Chandrika...

Prema Sundar said...

Hi Chandrika,
Sure going to try this some time. The picture looks wonderful!!! thanks for the recipe.

mandira said...

beautiful picture! Looks very delicious Chandrika.

Meena Kandlakuti said...

Chandrika..otmeal dish is great and i heard contious eating of oatmeal reduces weight..wish you good luck and thanks for sharing wonderful recipe

Vidhya Rajesh said...

hi chandrika,
This sounds appetizing and tasty. I think i have almost all the ingredients at home - should try this out. The Mr. always complains that when i bake - he finds it tough to resist and at the same time gets concered about the cholestrol and sugar levels. This shud be some respite to that complain :)....
BTW - A pocket full of rye was one of my first of Miss Marple ... and i just loved it. Another of Miss Marple that i read last that i was simple mad about was "A murder is announced" did you read it ?

Foodie's Hope said...

For some reason I was thinking about oatmeal raisin cookies today B&N book store style!! I saw your scones, I am drooling and craving more now!! Not fair!! :)))

tastycooks said...

Vow, awesomw work. Hope you would opena restaurant soon...

Nandita said...

Hey Chandrika
I share exactly your sentiments when it comes to baking. Most of my baking projects are done with whole wheat flour, minimum butter / oil and using natural sugars.

I love your scones recipe. Shall try it out real soon and let you know!

sudhav said...

This looks so good chandrika.. a must try one..thanks for sharing..

Anonymous said...

I have never made scones, this looks like a must try as it has some of favorite ingredients

Lakshmi said...

really they are tempting me.looks so good

Chandrika said...

Hi all,

I apologise for the delay in replying..I was pretty busy all through the week and couldn't find time...

Haripriya, Krithika, Hema, Jayashree, Prema and Mandira..Thank you for your kind compliments...Hope you like the recipe when you try it...

Meena, Thanks for stopping by...I don't have an idea about the weight reducing properties of oatmeal...Nevertheless, I am very happy with my weight... :-)

Thanks Vidya..'A pocket full of rye' was my first Agatha novel too...I just got the other book from the library, on your recommendation...Haven't started reading it yet... :-)

Asha, Wish I can send some across to u... :-)

TC, thank you for such kind words!

Nandita, am very glad you like it..Do let me how it turned out..

Thank you Sudha..

Shankari, this was my first try at scones too...It's very easy..Do give it a try...

Thanks Lakshmi...Am glad you like it..

Anonymous said...

Wow, got something different for my weekend snacks. Normally I just buy these from cafes. Looks really professional.

Chandrika said...

Thank you Shaheen! Hope you like the taste..And you can use butter instead of oil and a little more sugar if you want to...

Lera said...

Awesome picture....yum yum !

Paz said...

Oh, wow! And I love that you got the recipe or got the idea from Mrs. Marple. ;-) Your scones look delicious!

I'm tagging you for the BUTTERFLY EFFECT meme, which you can find on my blog. I hope you can participate.

Best,
Paz