Easy Cinnamon Yogurt Scones
Greetings from frigid New York City. Last week I was in LA enjoying refreshing acai bowls in the 85 degree sunshine, and now it’s back to hibernating inside. (At least I have an excuse for tea and scones :/) Living in NYC for the past 7 months has been an absolute whirlwind. I haven’t felt bored, lonely or even nostalgic for my former life for even a second. Yet, going on a last-minute week-long trip to LA for work was unexpectedly difficult. I saw West LA from a visitor’s perspective for the first time, and I felt the essence of a magical vacation land that doesn’t exist in real life. Granted, I happened to go during an anomaly of a week where temperatures reached the high-80’s, and I think I forgot that it’s not always like this in February. I had forgotten what it feels like to wake up to shining sun (NYC is overcast every day in winter, it seems), and how happy something as simple as waking up to bright day light can make me feel. I went on a short run outside one day and can barely describe how euphoric it felt to run amongst palm trees and feel the sun on my back. I felt pure joy, and kept thinking, “this used to be my life?”. I guess it’s just one of those things where the grass is always greener on the other side. Now that I’ve been back in NYC for two days, my mindset is Big Apple all-the-way.
Luckily I had the day off work for Presidents’ Day, giving myself another day to ease back into NYC winter. Because it was so cold, I treated myself to a cozy day indoors watching movies, catching up on work, and getting my life back together after being gone for a week for work. Sometimes we just need a lazy day to re-boot.
I’m trying to lay-low on the carbs these days, but winter calls for comfort food. Warm whole-wheat scones just sounded like the best addition to my holiday indoors. I really hope we don’t have too many more of these days, winter is starting to get rough for this California girl, especially when I just experienced what I’m missing.
I stumbled upon this recipe and was astonished how little butter (and sugar) these scones require compared to others I’ve made. The greek yogurt keeps them very light and fluffy, and low-cal despite their hearty, flaky taste. They’re also loaded with cinnamon, my favorite. The best thing about these scones is that they took me less than 30 minutes to prepare and bake, so they’re perfect for a quick weekend breakfast.
Easy Cinnamon Yogurt Scones (Recipe adapted from This Life Abundant)
2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
3 Tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
A Pinch of Salt
5 Tbsp Butter, unsalted and cold
1/2 Cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Milk of choice
1 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 425 Deg F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut butter into tiny pieces with a sharp knife. Press butter into flour mixture with a fork, or use your hands until combined. Place bowl in the fridge or freezer momentarily. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the milk and yogurt. Slowly combine the milk/yogurt mixture into the dry ingredient mixture using a spatula until no dry mixture remains. Knead dough into a ball.
Place ball on a lightly floured surface, and press into a flat round, about 1- 1 1/2 inches thick. With a sharp knife, cut the round into 8 pieces. Place the 8 slices onto a baking tray. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping, and sprinkle onto each slice. Bake for 13-15 minutes.