Monday, November 23, 2009

Apple Cheddar Scones

I really adore scones but I don't seem to make them very often (looking back through my blog). I guess because I find them harder to make healthy and I know I'll want to eat them all! Like these apple cheddar scones. I've been really curious about the combination of apples and cheddar in baked goods (like apple and cheddar pie). These scones were super delicious and soft and perfect, though they were neither very apple-y nor very cheesy. The only bad thing was that the dried apples that were sticking out burned. I think that's unavoidable though? And for me the stoneground cornmeal added a bit too much crunch, but my boyfriend liked it.

And I have discovered (maybe you all know this and I'm a little slow) that if you freeze scones right after they cool, then when you thaw them out they maintain their crispy edges!! How insanely awesome is that. The crispy edges are one of my favourite parts. If you wait too long to freeeze them, especially if you wait until the next day (when the crispy edges are just gone period) it won't work.

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If this sounds good, you might also like:
Caramelized Onion, Sage and Cheddar Muffins
Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits
Cinnamon Apple Scones
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones

Apple Cheddar Scones
Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours

Makes 12 scones

1 large egg
1/2 cup cold buttermilk
1/4 cup cold apple juice
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (Ashley note: I used 242 g.)
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely diced dried apples

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.

Stir the egg, buttermilk and apple juice together

Whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Drop in the butter and, using your fingers, toss to coat the pieces of butter with flour. Quickly, working with your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is pebbly. You’ll have pea-size pieces, pieces the size of oatmeal flakes and pieces the size of everything in between.

Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a fork just until the dough, which will be very wet and sticky, comes together. If there are still some dry ingredients in the bottom of the bowl, stir them in, but try not to overdo the mixing. Stir in the grated cheese and dried apple.

Still in the bowl, gently knead the dough by hand, or turn it with a rubber spatula 8 to 10 times. Then turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface, pat it into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick and, using a dough scraper or a chef’s knife, cut it into 12 roughly equal pieces; place on the baking sheet. Alternatively, you can just spoon out 12 equal mounds onto the baking sheet. (At this point, the scones can be frozen on the baking sheet, then wrapped airtight. Don’t defrost before baking – just add about 2 minutes to the baking time.)

Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes, or until their tops are golden and somewhat firm. Transfer them to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving, or wait for the scones to cool to room temperature.


Steph said...

Your scones look so flaky! Thanks for the freezer tip. I tend to stay away from freezing anything because of all the times I wrecked the texture of cakes when I read that it was the secret to moist cakes or improves the texture.. umm.. no. Since it got your approval, I'll be trying this. I always end up with way too many scones than we can eat.

Ben said...

I found it very difficult to make healthy food this time of the year... But I think I deserve to indulge every now and then, hehe. These scones sound pretty tasty. I like the combination of apple and cheddar you used.

Bridges and Bites said...

Oh I love apple and cheddar together! I first experienced that with an apple cheddar breakfast pizza. I make apple cheddar sandwiches. You know, pears and havarti cheese go really well together too.

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Scones are a feat I haven't tried to conquer yet. This flavor sounds great to me. I'm sure I'd eat them all up too!

Lu said...

I love the combination of cheddar and apples. I actually made some cheddar and apple empanadas for a party and they were a big hit. The scones look wonderful. Perfect for a breakfast or coffee time.

kickpleat said...

Mmmm, apple and cheddar go so great together! I've made apple/cheddar muffins before but never a scone. Next to try for sure!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

This sounds fantastic! And I've also been tempted of late to make some ginger scones. Funny, I just posted about an apple-cheese combo too 8).

Lisa said...

These sound and look just awesome. Love the addition of cornmeal. I might just make these today!

Maria said...

I love these savory scones!

Hannah said...

I've never tried to combo of apples and cheddar before, but I actually do have some vegan cheddar on hand... Perhaps it's time to give it a go!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I've been craving scones lately, but definitely not anything that could be called healthy. Why don't I live in Canada?? That giveaway sounds awesome!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Apple and cheddar is a combination I'd been seeing a lot off too! And was curious to try it, unfortunately, I didn't like it much! You can see that here -

Beatrice said...

This sounds sooo good. I bet the cornmeal makes it taste more cheesy.