Once again I consulted my trusty Simply Scones cookbook and sure enough, there was a fig scone recipe. Who could resist the addition of pistachios? If you don't have pistachios, slivered almonds or walnuts would be lovely as well.
This recipe makes about 6 scones.
1-1/4 cup flour
3 TB brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt (omit if you use salted butter)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled
1 large egg
2 TB milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup shelled pistachio nuts
1/3 cup chopped trimmed figs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a cheese grater, grate the cheese into the flour mixture and stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (Or cut butter in with a pastry blender.)
In a small bowl, stir together the egg, milk and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. The dough will be sticky. Stir in the nuts and figs until evenly distributed.
Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 3" between scones. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container.