Derby Weekend Bourbon Scones

Tomorrow is Derby Saturday!!  Such a great weekend to be a Kentuckian.  Fancy, preppy outfits, crowns of roses, springy cocktails: all things I enjoy.   Also, fun derby fact: the Kentucky Derby is officially sponsored by Vineyard Vines and Woodford Reserve, two favorite sconemaster brands!

This holiday holds so many memories, from fancy tin cups of Mint Juleps in Nantucket, to evangelizing the joys of bourbon at Derby parties, to celebrating a rehearsal dinner last year, it’s just one of my favorite 90 second events of every year.

Last night I started the celebration early with a scone version of Derby Pie , combining bourbon, pecans and chocolate into a rich and wonderful scone dough.  Since that’s not enough, I topped the scones it with some creamy ganache, and then of course additional pecans :)

THESE ARE SUCH GREAT SCONES! A new fav.  Too bad Josh will not only be missing the scones, but also the Derby.  However I will happily enjoy a scone and the end of his Woodford Double Oaked tomorrow in his honor.  I know it’s what he’d want me to do in his absence.




Derby Bourbon Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons butter ( cold )
1/2 cup milk ( plus 1-2 T to brush on top )
1 egg ( beaten )
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 425° F.
In a stand mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder.
Cut up butter and add to flour mixture, mixing on low speed for 1 minute.
In a small bowl mix egg and milk until blended and add to the flour mixture along with the bourbon.
Then add the oats, chocolate chips, and pecans, and mix on low speed until fully incorporated.
With a large scoop, place dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Do not flatten.
Brush the tops and sides of each scone with milk before placing in the oven.
Bake for 13 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place scones on cooling rack to cool completely.

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