Jul 9, 2013

Savory Zucchini Asiago Tomato Scones



Light and biscuit-like savory scones made with a blend of whole wheat and white flour, shredded zucchini, sun dried tomato, Asiago cheese and fresh rosemary. Almost smells like pizza when it comes out of the oven!


I was at the farmer's market in Long Beach this past weekend and bought lots of zucchini and tomatoes. I also came across a stand selling savory scones, a concept I fell in love with. Rather than my usual scones that I make with fruit, these are made with seasonal summer ingredients – perfect for brunch, lunch or with dinner. Today I had a scone for lunch with a beautiful heirloom tomato salad from the tomatoes I bought over the weekend. I'm thinking the leftovers would be perfect for dinner tonight with my homemade tomato bisque using the rest of the tomatoes I have.

Scones are usually made with double the amount of butter, to lighten them I have been having great success replacing butter with whipped butter in my baked recipes which is a lighter since it's whipped. I also use half the amount of butter used in traditional scones, and adding the zucchini really helps give the scones lots of moisture. The scones come out tender and soft with lots of wonderful flavor.


Savory Zucchini Asiago Tomato Scones
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12  • Size: 1 scone  • Old Points: 3 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 4 pt
Calories: 141.5 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 18.5 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 2.5 g
Sodium: 380 mg • Cholest: 27 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (recommend: King Arthur)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (recommend: King Arthur)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled whipped butter (must be cold), cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed of all moisture
  • 2.5 oz Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 2.75 oz (just under 2/3 cup) sun dried tomatoes, minced
  • 1-1/2 tbsp rosemary, chopped
  • cooking spray
  • 1 large egg white, beaten

Directions:


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the buttermilk and egg in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.


Combine the flours with the baking powder and salt, in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Squeeze all the excess moisture from the zucchini with a paper towel, you should wind up with 1 cup after it's all squeezed. In a bowl combine the zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, cheese and rosemary.


Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender, or you could use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gently fold in the cheese, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes and rosemary. Add milk mixture, stirring just until moist, without overworking the dough.


Place dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands. Form dough into an 10-inch circle onto the baking sheet, about 3/4" thick, you may need to sprinkle a little more flour on top if it's too sticky. Using a knife, cut dough into 12 wedges all the way through.

Brush egg white over dough. Bake until golden, about 20 - 22 minutes, depending on your oven. Serve warm.

63 comments :

  1. I can not even wait to make these!! Thanks!

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  2. Are you using sundried packed in oil or dry? (assuming dry but wanted to be sure).

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    1. Not packed in oil, but the ones I buy are tender, not hard.

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    2. Awesome, thanks! These look great and Lord knows the zucchini is coming!

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  3. Hmmm might have to make this for our potluck next week. sounds yummy and simple :)

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  4. Have you ever tried these in the food processor... I know a lot of people swear by it for pastry.

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    1. No, never have, but it's pretty easy to mix by hand.

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    2. I only use the food processor for scones, way less mess and fast. Put your dry ingredients in first then the cold butter, pulse until grainy then add the veggies,mix, then add the liquid and pulse until it makes a ball. Dump out onto your floured surface and you're good to go. Hardly messy.

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  5. Yay!!!! I've been hoping you would do a savory scone for a while!!!

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  6. This sounds really good But a have two questions. Can stick butter be used instead of whipped(I figured 1/3 cup equivalent)? Can regular whole wheat flour be used instead of white? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, regular whole wheat is fine, I just prefer the taste of white whole wheat. If you use stick butter, use 1/4 cup, but the n.i. will change slightly.

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  7. These sound really good. One question..is it 1 cup shredded zucchini before squeezing out all the moisture? thanks.

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  8. ohhhh... drools.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Need to make this for the week

    Stylejourneys

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  9. This looks amazing. I can't wait to try it!!!

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  10. I usually don't go the savory scone route, but this looks delicious!!

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  11. Is it possible to make the dough the night before and then cook it in the morning?

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  12. Wow! These are now on the very top of my to do list!

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  13. These look amazing! Love the savory sweet twist!

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  14. Is whipped butter something you buy, or do you whip it yourself at home? I'm a little confused...

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    1. You can buy whipped butter :)

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  15. This looks amazing, and your photos are awesome!

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  16. Yummm! Ive just recently had to go gluten free, do you have any suggestions on a flour that I could use that would work for gf? Love your site, always recommending it.

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  17. 1. how do you shred zucchini?
    2. do you think these can be baked then frozen? it works wonders on your cheddar & garlic biscuits...
    3. fresh or dried rosemary? what's the conversion for dried?

    These look delicious and I want to try them! And I have buttermilk (for once) so this is PERFECT timing - if I can freeze them lol

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    1. You can shred zucchini using a cheese grater, or grating attachment on a food processor.

      conversion for fresh vs. dried is usually half (half dried for what you would use fresh)

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  19. Wow, I'm making an unscheduled trip to the grocery store tonight to get the ingredients for these!

    What kind of buttermilk do you use? I've seen regular or reduced fat at the store. One friend recommended buying dehydrated buttermilk since it's so hard to use a whole container of it. Have you tried that?

    Also, for anyone that is wondering, you can make sun dried tomatoes yourself! I use cherry tomatoes - slice in half and place on a lightly sprayed baking sheet cut side up, spray the tops, then roast in the oven at 225 for 1.5 hours. If you use regular tomatoes than the roasting time will be much longer.

    Thanks!

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  20. I love this idea! And the flavor variations for savory scones could be endless! Do you recommend any certain type/brand of whipped butter?

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  21. What kind of whipped butter do you use? Do you think using Brummel and Brown would work?

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  22. This looks good and bet it is very delicious, I love this kind of food.

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  23. Love these savory scones! They look so scrumptious.

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  24. Looks amazing! I pinned them and hope they are as yummy as they look! :) Thanks Gina!

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  25. These scones sound amazing and I'm sure they're super flavorful! Love it!

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  26. G'day! This looks gorgeous true!
    I now have this on my list to do! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  27. I made these last night to go with a creamy tomato soup and they were delicious! I had another one for breakfast this morning :) I had to let them cool before eating though - they tasted very spongy when they first come out of the oven. However, I accidentally used just an egg white (no yolk) in the dough so perhaps that changed the texture. I prefer them at room temperature.

    I found a dehydrated buttermilk mix to use so I wouldn't waste so much of an unused carton of these, which seemed to work well.

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  28. Thank you so much for listing the weights of some of the ingredients! It is so much more accurate, especially for "fluffy" stuff like shredded cheese.

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  29. Made these along side salad with grilled chicken, a delicious summer supper! I had three, not one:-)

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  30. question: when you bite into the scone is the shredded zucchini tender or crunchy?

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  31. These are in the oven as I type this! Cannot wait to have one!!!

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  32. Could I eliminate the all purpose flours and use almond flour or soy flour instead? Wondering how it would affect the texture, taste, and don't know if the measurements should vary. Would have to figure that out.

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  33. This is delicious! I made it tonight, and I really want to have another slice for dessert! I couldn't find whipped better in the store, so I just did a half stick of butter and cut it in. I think it worked really well. We have fresh rosemary growing out in our garden, and I used a whole bunch of that, too. The house smells wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!

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  34. I made these yesterday for brunch and my boyfriend and I just went NUTS for them! So flavorful and delicious. I paired them with baked eggs and wilted spinach for an out-of-site meal! Thank you for the recipe!

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  35. these look heavenly! Putting these on an upcoming menu!

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  36. I made these last night, or at least I attempted to. I tried to halve the recipe and it was not a good idea. My dough turned out extremely gooey and then I had to add so much flour to bring it together that they turned out dry and tasteless. However, the tomato bisque turned out great! My husband loved it and requested that I make it again "on a fall day." Perhaps I will try the scones again and follow the directions this time!

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  37. That looks incredible! I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe sometime soon!

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  38. I made these yesterday and they turned out delicious. I had a hard time straining the zucchini so I salted them to let the moisture out and then strained them with my hands. The result was moist tasty scones that are reminiscent of pizza! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Do you really use 1 Tablespoon of baking powder? It sounds like so much. Wondering if typo

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  40. Could you make this in a round cake pan instead of cookie sheet and cut after baking?

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  41. I always cant get enough of savour scones recipe! This is a good one! xx

    http://www.danceonflour.com/

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  42. Oh my goodness!!!! This is SO good!!! It my 1st time making a savory bread. It was moister than breakfast scones that I've had and very pretty with red tomatoes, and green zucchini and rosemary. The house smells heavenly. I'm now eating a piece with butternut apple soup. I'm ready for Fall!!!

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  43. I'm going to make these now. I just wish the "print friendly" version wasn't 6 pages long.

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  44. They are in the oven and smell amazing - but I'm confounded. My dough came out extremely sticky, and it's taking MUCH longer to cook through. I followed the recipe exactly - squeezing the life out of the zucchini and everything. Not sure what I've messed up. I hope they taste as fantastic as they smell, and the longer baking time doesn't mess anything up.
    Any clue what I might have done wrong?

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  45. Wow, It's Awesome.I made it Tonight.
    Thank you for the Delicious Recipe...!

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