Apple Cheddar Scones

IMG_3086I’m posting this recipe upon request from some mom friends. I took a batch of these Apple Cheddar Scones to a play date and they were all wolfed down within an hour!

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.

Enjoy!

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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