The melted sharp cheddar and tangy sweet apple makes for an irresistible combination perfect for brunch or an afternoon snack – no condiment required.
The original recipe comes from a new food blog find ‘Set The Table’ – check out her Apple Cheddar Scone recipe here – and has been modified only slightly. I think they come out better with smaller pieces of apple and cheese and I also found the dough a bit too sticky to successfully cut into wedges. I tried adding more flour, but didn’t like the resulting texture. So now I just place gobs of the sticky dough onto the baking tray which results in a a roundish scone.
I also tried using Macintosh apples once as that’s what I happened to have on hand, but I concur with the original suggestion of granny smith due to their tartness. Finally, as usual I substituted salted butter (I can’t be bothered to keep both salted and unsalted on hand) and simply omitted the addition of salt.
INGREDIENTS (makes 1 dozen):
1 CUP GRANNY SMITH APPLE CUT INTO PEA SIZED (1/8”) CUBES – approx 1 large apple
1 CUP OLD CHEDDAR CHEESE CUT INTO PEA SIZED CUBES
2 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
1 TBSP BAKING POWDER
3 TBSP SUGAR
1/3 CUP COLD BUTTER CUT INTO 1/4 INCH CUBES
1 CUP WHOLE MILK OR CREAM
Preheat oven to 425⁰.
Cut the apple(s), cheddar and butter into cubes.
Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Add the apples and cheddar and toss to combine.
Add the butter and and use fingers to mix until you achieve an oatmeal-like texture.
Add the milk and stir until combined.
Use a spoon to drop batter onto a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake until just starting to brown.
Let cool and serve.
Prep Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 15-20 min