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Vanilla Apricot Scones | Easy Heart Healthy Baking Recipe | Low Fat & Lower Cholesterol Diet

Vanilla Apricot Scones | Easy Heart Healthy Baking Recipe | Low Fat & Lower Cholesterol Diet

Hello & Welcome to Milly White Cooks! It doesn’t matter to me if you say “sc-on-es” or “sco-nes”, I just hope you’ll love today’s recipe for my scrumptious heart-healthy, low-cholesterol Vanilla Apricot Scones (or sc-ones!), which you’ll find in my Easy Low Fat & Low Cholesterol Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.

This fruity low-fat treat is great with an afternoon cup of tea and you can make 8 standard or 12 mini scones. A standard scone is only 184 Calories, with just 5g Total Fat and 1g Saturated Fat per serving.

You can find all the links to my cookbook in the detail box below. We’ll start by taking a quick look at the ingredients list. You’ll need: 125g or 1 cup of self-raising wholemeal flour, 125g or 1 cup self-raising white flour, plus ½tsp of bicarbonate of soda, also sometimes called baking soda, and 1/8 tsp reduced sodium salt.

This is 50g or 3 tbsp of buttery light sunflower spread, and it’s really well chilled. In this little dish I have 50g or 1/3 cup of ready to eat dried apricots and 2 tbsp sunflower seeds. We’ll also use 2 tbsp golden caster sugar.

For our wet ingredients we’ll need ½ tsp of really good vanilla extract, 1 free range egg, size medium in the UK or large in the US, and, finally, 80ml or 1/3 of a cup of buttermilk. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more healthy cooking inspiration.

Now let’s get cooking! We’ll start by pre-heating the oven to 200C fan or 425F or Gas Mark 7. Chop all the apricots into small pieces and set aside. Mix together the wet ingredients by adding the egg to the buttermilk along with the vanilla extract and giving it a good stir.

In a roomy bowl, tip in the wholemeal and white flours along with the baking soda and salt, and lightly whisk to combine. Make sure your hands are clean, then add the spread in pieces and use your fingertips and thumbs to rub it into the flour, just like this.

Keep lightly rubbing the fat and flour together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs that look like this. Next, pour in the sugar, followed by the chopped apricots and sunflower seeds and mix together to make sure they’re all evenly distributed.

Make a bit of a well in the middle of the mixture then pour in most of this buttermilk mixture, holding a little bit back in case it’s not all needed. To start with, use a round-bladed knife to gently work the mixture together until it forms a soft, almost sticky, dough.

Work in any loose dry bits of mixture by adding a little more of the buttermilk mixture if needed. Finally, use your hands again to bring the dough together and to lightly kneed it, but don’t overwork at this point or it will make the scones tough.

Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, knead it again very briefly until smooth then roll it out to 2 cm or 1″ thick. Use a 5.5cm or 2.5″ straight-sided pastry cutter to cut out the scones, taking care to not twist as you push down.

Re-roll the trimmings until you have 8 scones. Transfer them onto a baking sheet. Mine’s lined with a silicon baking mat but you can also use baking parchment instead or just lightly oil the baking sheet.

Make sure the scones are well spaced out. Brush the tops with the left-over buttermilk thinned with a dash of milk. Bake for 12-15 mins until well risen and golden, just like these. They smell wonderful, so I’m going to transfer them onto a cooling rack to let them cool down.

And here they are, looking golden and scrumptious and just ready to be enjoyed with a delicious cup of tea! For an extra heart-healthy twist, cut in half and top with a little cholesterol-lowering plant stanol spread and sliced fresh strawberries.

Just Yum!! I hope you’ve enjoyed this video, please give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you have. You can find this recipe in my best-selling Easy Low Fat & Low Cholesterol Mediterranean Diet Cookbook with over 100 heart-healthy recipes.

Available as a paperback or Kindle book from Amazon, or as an ebook from iBooks, Nook or Kobo, you’ll find all the links in the description box below and I also have a quick video preview that you can watch too! If you are interested in finding out more about eating for low cholesterol, then watch my video 31 Fabulous Low Cholesterol Diet Foods.

You may also like to watch more videos in my Low Fat & Low Cholesterol cooking series, like these for my Chicken Veronique Pasta Salad or my Plum Crazy for Granola Green Smoothie? Thank you so much for your company.

Please also let me know if you make this or if you’d like to see a video of any other of my recipes and bye for now!


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