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Orange-Scented Goji Berry Scones

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Found in: Breakfast, Snack, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Serves: 
8

Orange zest is the secret ingredient here, scenting these easy-to-prepare golden scones. Health-promoting goji berries are rich in antioxidants and have been used by Chinese herbalists for thousands of years. You can substitute raisins, dried cranberries, or dried currants, if you prefer.

Ingredients: 

* 1 cup Nature’s Path Millet Rice™ Fruit Juice Sweetened
* 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, plus 2 to 3 tbs. more for kneading dough
* 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
* 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
* 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
* 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
* 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
* 4 ounces Butter (1 stick) chilled, cut into bits
* 1/3 cup Dried Goji Berries, coarsely chopped
* Zest of 1 Large Orange
* 1/4 to 1/3 cup 2% Milk

Directions: 

1. Set oven rack in middle and preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silpat.
2. Place Millet Rice™ Fruit Juice Sweetened in a large bowl and crush flakes into uneven bits with your hands. Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, and salt.
3. Use a pastry blender or your fingers to work butter into flour until pieces of butter are pea-sized. Stir in goji berries, orange zest, and enough milk to create a dough that sticks together when pressed.
4. Turn dough onto a generously floured surface. Knead dough until no longer sticky, sprinkling additional flour on surface as needed. Shape into a disc 1/2-inch thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into quarters. Cut each quarter in half.
5. Transfer scones to prepared pan and bake for 7 minutes. Rotate pan and continue baking until tops feel firm when gently pressed, 7 to 9 more minutes.
6. Transfer to a cooling rack. Eat warm or at room temperature, or freeze in a well-sealed container for up to 3 months.