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Black Walnut Oil and Maple Walnut Scones

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DSC03477Some time ago I wrote about using black walnuts, and at that time I promised some recipes, but nothing happened. I’m not sure what I did with that first batch, but as I received another gift of fresh local nuts (thank you David) I have been giving a lot of thought to how to use them. Because they are either expensive to buy or labour intensive to harvest, I was thinking of recipes where a little would go a long way. Infusions seemed a good idea because if you have trouble separating the nut from the shell and you accidentally a few bits of shell get past you, you won’t have to worry about cracking your teeth. You can read about characteristics, identification, harvesting and shelling in my first black walnut post.

This time I found shelling them much easier. I presume practice is the key, but a few gentle raps with a heavy mallet eventually weakens them to the point where they really just do fall open and the nut is relatively easy to extract. After my smashing success I have been able to use them in baking with impunity. The smaller bits I have set aside for infusions.IMG_0341

Oil infusions are a great way to extend and preserve so many flavours. I have done this with several wild ingredients, most recently balsam fir, and it proves to be a most economical way to stock your pantry with gourmet ingredients.

This oil can also be made with English walnuts, but I would use about twice as much since the milder flavour is less aromatic. It is best to use a light flavoured oil, nothing as strong as olive oil but rather sunflower, rapeseed or avocado. I used the latter.

Begin by lightly toasting 1/3 cup walnuts, then grind them. Heat 1 1/2 cups oil until it’s just hot and then turn it off. Do not bring it to a boil. Add the toasted walnuts and leave for one day. Strain off the oil through a fine filter and store in the fridge. It can be used full strength for dressings, roasting vegetables and any other way you would use a nut oil.DSC03480.JPG

Of course, after straining the oil I was left with a small amount of ground nuts in oil which I was loathe to just toss. I considered many ideas, e.g. pesto, creamed walnut soup, homemade pasta or just baking. I finally settled on scones flavoured also with maple since we are in full syrup season.

Black Walnut Maple Scones

Ingredients

3.5 cups flour

1/tsp salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 Tbsp chopped black walnuts or twice the amount if using English walnuts

ground nuts in oil mixture (about 2-3 Tbsp) plus enough butter to measure 2/3 cup

1 cup buttermilk, kefir or yogurt

2 tsp. cream of tartar

2 Tbsp maple syrup

Method

Mix the first four ingredients together and work in the oil nut mixture until you get a crumbly texture. In a separate bowl, combine the milk or yogurt with the cream of tartar and maple syrup. Add to the flour mixture immediately and mix until well combined. Form it into a ball and roll it out to about a 9 inch (diameter) circle. Score the surface to mark serving sized pieces. Bake at 425 F for about 18 minutes.

When coolish, you can add a glaze of maple syrup mixed with enough icing sugar to make it the right consistency.

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This is perhaps my favourite scone to date. The flavour of the walnuts came through well but was not too strong, and mixing the products of two of my favourite trees a total success.

Linked to: Fiesta Friday #216; Petra at Food Eat Love; Zeba at Food for the Soul

Author: Hilda

I am a backyard forager who likes to share recipes using the wild edibles of our area.

14 thoughts on “Black Walnut Oil and Maple Walnut Scones

  1. I don’t have black walnuts here but I will try this recipe!

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  2. Thanks so much for dropping by. You may try this with regular English walnuts for sure as I will most likely do when I run out of my stash. Black walnuts are sold on line, but pretty expensive and I would think even more so if you are not in North America which is the only place they grow.

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  3. Wow! Love those walnuts!!!!

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  4. Thanks Elaine. I really am lucky to have them.

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  5. Looks and sounds delicious

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  6. These look great! This would be perfect for nut lovers!
    Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday! πŸ™‚

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  7. When I lived in Kansas sometimes I was given black walnuts by friends who actually harvested them by hand. The flavor was amazing in muffins etc. I miss them. I might try this using pecans instead.

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  8. I haven’t heard of black walnuts. These scones look so good! Happy Fiesta Friday, Hilda.😘

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  9. Hi Hilda
    I have never heard of black walnuts but they sound intriguing. The scones looks delicious and I love the maple glaze! πŸ™‚

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  10. I love infusions, and those scones look like a lovely way to use what’s leftover. I was thinking ravioli, but you knocked it out of the park with those scones! We had black walnuts when I was a child but the parents never did anything with them. We’d break them open with rocks on the sidewalk and snack on them. They’re so flavorful when fresh!

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  11. So yummy! Walnut and maple syrup, yay!πŸ˜πŸ˜‹

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