Apples, apples, apples. Boy, do we have apples. Frozen apples, whole apples, sliced apples, apples still on the tree. Apples.
The lovely Sarah gave me a recipe for apple scones and I gave it a try. I was a bit nervous because I had never made scones and I know scones are either one of two things: good or not good.
These were good. I would venture to say they were perfect. Here is the recipe:
Apple Cream Scones*
2 c. flour
1 T baking powder
1 T sugar
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. butter, chilled and cut into 1" pieces
1/4 c. milk (I used skim)
1/4 c. sour cream (I used non-fat)
1 t. vanilla
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
If you have a food processor, pulse flour, powder, sugar, and salt in it. I do not have a food processor, and I just mixed it in a standing mixer. Add butter and pulse (or mix) until pea-sized.
In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Pour over flour mixture until just combined.
Turn mixture out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, form into an 8-inch circle that is 1-inch thick. Cut circle into 8 even pieces. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with 1-2 T cinnamon/sugar mixture (if you are just doing cream scones, sprinkle with plain sugar).
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bottom of scones are golden brown.
*Feel free to remove the apples and just have cream scones, or replace the apples with another fruit. I've eaten them before with peaches.
I should also mention that this was a surprisingly easy recipe to make. So easy, in fact, that I made 3 batches and put 2 in the freezer. I hope they taste as good after they've been frozen!
p.s. More apple recipes to come ...