July 7, 2011

Baking With Olive Oil -- Savory Zucchini & Feta Scones


Last week I shared a recipe for a Luscious Lemon Yogurt Cake.  Today, continuing the theme of "baking with olive oil"  I offer up a savory recipe for Zucchini & Feta Scones. Served alongside a Greek salad and grilled chicken or fish, these Mediterranean inspired scones are the perfect compliment to a light, healthy summer meal!

ZUCCHINI & FETA SCONES
(makes 1 dozen)

2  cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups (approx. 2 medium) shredded zucchini
1 cup crumbled feta cheese *
Zest of one small lemon

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

Step 1:  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir in oregano.  Set aside.

Step 2:  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs and oil until smooth and lightened in color.

Step 3:  Stir in the zucchini, feta and lemon zest.

Step 4:  Stir in the dry ingredients and mix to combine.

Step 5:  Using a 1/4 cup kitchen scoop, portion dough on to prepared baking sheet.



Step 6:  Bake for 35-40 minutes, until tops of scones are lightly browned and spring back to the touch.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.  Best when served warm.

Scones can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. 

*A NOTE ABOUT FETA CHEESE:  Try to avoid buying the pre-crumbled Feta cheese.  It is usually too dry for baking and lacks the flavor of the whole blocks packed in brine.   Crumble it yourself -- it is SO worth it!   If you can find Mt. Vikos Feta, buy it!  It's my personal favorite and was the winner of the blind taste test at America's Test Kitchen. 

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8 comments:

  1. These sound delicous! I need to come over to your house for dinner! : )

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  2. I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

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  3. Hey girlie, I just gave you a special blog award! Check it out here. http://kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com/2011/07/1-day.html
    HUGS!
    Jenni

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  4. Filed and saved - I have got to make these soon, I love the sound of them... my mouth is watering already :)

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  5. this recipe looks so yummy! i am going to have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing and I am so glad that I found you! :)gina

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  6. Oh these look divine Jenn! Just pinned them for future use! Thanks for linking up to this week's BFF Open House!

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  7. Now I know what to do with some of my zucchini. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. so jenn...i am collecting great olive oil recipes. i work with dominican sisters and they produce olive oil at their convent in san jose. i am trying to convince them to make a little pamphlet with great recipes using olive oil...and every time i visit i bring another olive oil treat! next time, i am going to bring these...with some zuchs from my garden. if these won't convince them, not sure what will! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

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