Apple Cheddar Scones

by angelika on November 30, 2010

These are, without a doubt, the very best scones I have ever tasted. Seriously. I have already made two more batches to “test” the recipe. The combination of juicy bursts of apple with the subtle cheddar notes in a light and fluffy scone make me want to take to bed with a book and drink tea while eating the entire basket. Smother them with butter, or eat them plain. Any way you serve them up, the thought you will undoubtably be left with is, “do I have enough ingredients left to make more?” 
My sister in law turned me on to the Smitten Kitchen blog about a year ago. Apparently, I was the last person on the planet to find her, but I am so glad I finally made my way to her tiny kitchen in New York. If you have not seen her blog, please follow the link. The photography is gorgeous, the food all looks completely decadent and most of her recipes are very vegetarian friendly. These scones come from Smitten Kitchen, for which she gives credit to, The Perfect Finish.
Apple Cheddar Scones

2 apples, cored and cut into 16ths
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar and more for dusting
1/2 TBS baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 TBS cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar, white looks best
1/4 cup cream
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 375º. Core and dice your apple. The recipe wants them cooked in 16ths. At first this seemed overly fussy, but I realized that my apple slicer cuts 8 wedges and then I just cut them each in half. So really, no biggie. Bake the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20 minutes and let them cool. I cooled them in the fridge to speed it up. 

The apples will be half baked at this point. Sift together the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. This includes the sugar. So flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 

Add the butter to your mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the cream, cheese, apples and one egg, mix until combined.  Sprinkle the flour mixture on top and mix on low until it just comes together.

Flour a board and turn out the dough. Roll into a disk about 6″ round and 1 1/4″ thick. Cut the disk into 6 wedges. 

Transfer the wedges to a parchment lined baking sheet. Beat the remaining egg with a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Egg wash the scones and then sprinkle with sugar. 
Bake for 30 minutes at 375º, then let them cool on a wire rack. The first time I made these it was for Thanksgiving day breakfast. I made them up to the very last step, and then I froze them covered in plastic on the sheet pan. I baked them in the morning and added 5 minutes to the baking time. They were so delicious they belong to a category of mine called “so much better than the sum of their parts”. I am currently contemplating making another batch.
A votre santé!

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Amanda November 30, 2010 at 3:06 am

Yummmy!

Any suggestions as to what type of apple to use?

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plantfoodfabulous.com November 30, 2010 at 3:17 am

I used Fuji, I think. Anything sweet and crisp would work. I generally stick to the red tinted apples like Fuji, Pink Lady and Braeburn. I find they work for most things. Jonagold is also nice. I generally don't like Red Delicious or Granny Smith. Red Delicious gets too mushy and Granny Smith is just a little too tart for my taste.

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Marci December 3, 2010 at 4:42 am

I used Honeycrisp. My husband was doubtful (at best) when I told him the name of the recipe. My first batch has been out of the oven for less than an hour, he has already had two and then had to call his mother to tell her about them. That is how good they are!

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Venus Mandy December 3, 2010 at 6:17 am

ohh thanks for the suggestions!

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alma December 21, 2010 at 4:41 am

I just made these for my entire office – 16 people. I made the scones half the size of what you suggested; ie. each recipe makes 12 instead of 6. I couldn't taste them, because I'm gluten free – but they were a BIG hit. This one of those recipes that I will use anytime I need a good and reliable recipe!

Thanks!!!

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Angelika December 24, 2010 at 3:06 am

Thank you Marci and Alma! I am so glad they were loved by your friends and family as much as by mine!

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Melissa R January 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

I just made these for the first time today and I don't even have words to describe how amazing they are.

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Kate February 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

super yum! and easy! … hardest part was not eating the apples after they were baked (and cooling) 😉

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