Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sweet Treat: GF Fig and Garam Masala Scones with Fig Jam

I came across the regular flour version of this recipe from Treatology on Facebook and thought it looked really good!  I knew the family would like it because they are fig fans (try saying that 5x fast :p ).  You might think the Garam Masala will be too hard to make or find, but McCormick has done the hard work of blending the spices and made it available in the regular spice aisle at your local market!  

Wow, I wrote that paragraph 3 days ago! Somehow between the Super Bowl schellacking, a showing that wasn't and Snowmageddon 2: February Fury ;-), I didn't get a chance to come back here  and finish my thoughts!  I'm back now taking a break from my day job enjoying a mid-afternoon snack of a scone with a bit of Nutella, ah heaven!

These scones are so yummy and were super simple to make!  I flubbed on the jam and didn't add enough water so it turned into fig taffy!!  It was great on the scones on Sunday, but seized up and we couldn't use it another day :-/. That's why cooking is like science to me, sometimes the experiments work, but you need to face a bit of failure to help you learn and grow!  I changed the Treatology recipe by using GF flour and lengthening the baking time so if you don't use GF flour, please follow the baking times on the link above! 

After you gather your ingredients, chop up the figs and butter so they can be combined more easily in the food processor. 

 The mixture in the food processor should be course looking.

Mix together the cream, eggs & vanilla in a large bowl and then fold in the mix from the food processor.
GF dough is VERY tender so handle it with care!  Place it on a surface lightly covered with more GF flour.  Pat it out with your hands to form a circle about 1" in thickness.

Cut out your scones, I used a heart shape cutter.  The original recipe had thicker scones and they only got a batch of 8, but I got 20 because they were less dense.

I used small spatulas to move the scones onto a baking sheet.  I've learned that a GF dough will fall apart if you don't use a spatula to move it!  Bake for 26-27 minutes.  

GF Fig and Garam Masala Scones:

  • 2 1/2 cups GF multi-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut up
  • 1 1/2 cups dried figs, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°F. Either grease a cookie sheet or use a silpat mat. In food processor bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garam masala and salt; pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture is the size of peas. Stir in figs. In large bowl, combine egg, cream and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. On lightly floured surface, form dough into a disk about 1 in. thick.  Bake 26-27 minutes and let cool on sheet 5 minutes.

Fig Jam:
(Originally posted by
  • 3/4 cup dried fig
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom 
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
 small saucepan, combine figs, water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 11-13 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add garam masala and zest; cool slightly. Transfer to food processor and pulse until smooth. Cool completely and serve with scones.

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