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Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones – A Healthy Treat

1 July 2011 29 Comments

Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

“Madam we have a few exciting and new organic products on shelf this month” greeted the man in the shop. “Thanks shall check it out” was my quick & meek reply to the much baffled salesman and he understood that I wanted to be left alone during one of my monthly visits to the health stores nearby.

Never did I know that I was in for a surprise, yes I spotted Goji Berries! I looked at the salesman who was probably a bit upset with my reply and smiled. Yes, I am holding one of the most nutritious and powerful super foods in the world – Goji Berries!

And from the day I got my hands on these wonder foods, I am on a ‘Goji spree’. It is as if I want to make up for all that I lost for so many years without these berries.

You will find Goji berries in my breakfast Oatmeal porridge & pancakes, and in a few special cakes, muffins and cookies I baked just for the sake of these berries. And yes, I added them to my Kadhi also, which eventually I enjoyed as I like my curries with a slight sweet sour taste but my hubby had to gulp it in the name of super food.

Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

Ingredients to go in…

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp coarse cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp. dried Goji berries
  • 2 tbsp. curd/yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil/melted butter
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon zest
Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

Ready to be baked..love those berries!

Method; Wash the Goji berries in running water and soak them in 1 tbsp. of milk for about 5 minutes. Soak the coarse cornmeal also in 2 tbsp. of thick curd for 15 minutes.

Cut a small lemon and squeeze to get a tsp. of juice, grate the peel for the zest. Add lemon zest, juice and honey into the soaked cornmeal.

Take a large vessel and add whole-wheat flour into it. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in the flour and mix thoroughly. Add the melted butter or oil in the flour mix and start rubbing the butter and flour with your fingers till it resembles coarse meal.

Pour the cornmeal and yogurt in the flour mix. Mix all the ingredients well and add the Goji berries in it, reserves a few to garnish.

The resultant dough will be quite sticky to handle. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface and turn the dough on it. Give it a shape of a large circle of about 1 inch thick. Arrange the reserved Goji berries over the circle.

Keep the circle on a greased butter paper carefully. Use a knife to divide the circle into eight scones triangles. Brush all the scones with milk or buttermilk.

Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

Hot from oven..

Bake the scones at 200°C for about 15-20 minutes till it becomes golden brown on top and soft from inside. Take out from the oven and cool it for 10 minutes. Serve the scones with butter or any fruit jam or preserve of your choice.

Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

8 pieces should have been there??

Aren’t these scone look beautiful! And with all the healthy ingredients in them they are one of my favorite bakes.

Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

Yum!

The Goji which were on top got burnt and I could not help it but feel sad for loosing a few of my precious berries 🙁

Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

Love this wholewheat and corn scone..

I sprinkled a tsp. of crystal sugar on the top for much crunch and caramelized scone, wish my pantry had brown sugar for the same. Need to check my pantry before baking the next time.

Wholewheat & Cornmeal Goji Berry Scones

Healthy indulgence..can you spot my Goji berries in..

Oh..I am in love with this slice of good health! And yes with loads of  wonder foods such as honey, Goji, wholewheat, cornmeal, curd in it how can you go wrong.

What..still reading…go bake it dear and enjoy this healthy indulgence 🙂

Notes;

  1. Replace the Goji berries any other dried fruits such as with raisins, blueberries, black currents, figs etc.
  2. Use brown sugar in place of honey for a lovely color and flavor.
  3. The cornmeal I used is slightly coarse and gives a crunchy texture to the scones, you may use the fine variety if you don’t like the crunch in it.
  4. Refined flour will give fluffy scones, but I love these slightly dense wholewheat ones which are very filling as a breakfast and dinner meal as well.
  5. Do not garnish the scone with the berries before baking (as I did in the picture), the burnt berries taste awful, and this is a lesson for me not to waste my precious Goji in my next bake.

 

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  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    wow, what a great looking scone 🙂
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  • Krithi said:

    Super delectable scones… I am definitely gonna try this..

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  • Baker Street said:

    Its simple, packed with so many flavors and healthy to top it all! Well done!
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  • harini-jaya said:

    These look lovely..I haven’t laid my hands on Goji berries yet. But I am sure I can/will replace them with raisins or craisins. Can you write down the amount of sugar you used? That would be helpful.

    If you don’t mind, please send this delicious n healthy scones across to my event..
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Harini, 1/4 cup of sugar or 1/2 a cup if you need much sweeter scones. You might need to add a little extra milk or curd if you replace honey with sugar. Sure, will send my entry. Take care.

  • Premalatha Aravindhan said:

    Thats a healthy bakes,luks so tempting….
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  • Deepa said:

    Loved the look of the scones. Must have tasted super delicious.

    Deepa
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  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos said:

    this looks just scrumptious!!! love the addition of cornmeal. it adds such great texture and flavor to any baked goods. 😀 i had goji berries just once! i shall have to try this again :).
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  • Priya said:

    Scones looks absolutely incredible,prefect and fabulous..
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  • Priti said:

    This looks delicious and with berry ..nice
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  • Nelly Rodriguez said:

    I’ve never used goji berries, but this looks like a recipe I must try! Will see where I can get them here! Thanks for sharing dear!
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  • Yuri said:

    I love visiting this blog: you always surprise me with beautiful, appetizing and HEALTHY recipes. I am craving one of those scones right now 😀
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Really cool recipe!! Will have to try this! I actually have some goji berries 🙂 My aunt got it for me from china and i still haven’t really used it up. I was thinking of using it in some soup and posting on my blog. but now i think these scones are a better idea 😉

  • foodwanderings said:

    So gorgeous and healthy too! I;ve got all th eingredients butthe goji berries. I can’t manage to find them. Whole Foods has them all chocolate covered. I am dying to make these I will probab order them online!! Thx for the healthy inspiration!!

  • Hungry Jenny said:

    Ooh, I’ve always been intrigued by goji berries, but haven’t got round to trying them yet. They look a bit like sundried tomatoes in one of the pics above!

    Those scones are looking nice and weighty too, what a bonus that they are healthy too 🙂

    Hungry Jenny x
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  • Raks said:

    Indeed they are healthy as well as tasty! Looks too tempting…nice post….
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  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective said:

    What a bold and hearty combination!
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  • FOODESSA said:

    Although, I’ve never been a particular fan of scones…I can easily be swayed with yours. You’ve really packed them up with so many healthy and tasty goodies…how can I refuse such a treat :o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia
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  • Mary said:

    These look wonderful. I’ve never cooked with the berries, but you convinced me to expand my horizons.I hope youhave a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary
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  • Musica said:

    Hi
    Where do you get these berries in Bangalore. And also where can I buy cornmeal?
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Musica, I don’t have any idea about Bangalore markets. You can try in any health food store there for goji and cornmeal.

  • Faith said:

    Your scones are beautiful and so full of healthy treats! Love the addition of goji berries!
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  • aipi said:

    What an healthy way to indulge ~ goji berries is such a delicious addition!You always have the tastiest n the healthiest recipes ~ love it!
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  • Rosa said:

    Healthy, yet still extremely scrummy looking! Lovely texture (crispy crust & moist inside).

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Joanne said:

    The goji berries sound PERFECT in these scones! Yum!
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  • Lora said:

    What wonderful scones! The cornmeal is a creative addition. Goji berries rock.
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  • sweetsugarbelle said:

    Ive been eyeing these for a week!
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  • payal said:

    That looks really good. Where can I get my fix of Goji berries in Bangalore?

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Payal Try searching for Goji Berries in Nuts and Spices or in Brown Tree outlets.

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