Apple and Cheddar Scones

My kitchen was a scone factory the other day. David requested that I make lemon blueberry scones, and although they are delicious, I was shocked because he never requests anything sweet. It was a big endorsement! And then I was craving a batch of apple cheddar scones that I first made two years ago and have been pondering ever since. These scones have a surprisingly small amount of sugar in them, and they strike the perfect balance between sweet and savory. They are also very addictive!

To start, get 2 green apples. Pre-heat your oven to 375ºF. Then, rinse and peel the apples, and cut them into 1 inch pieces.

Put the apples on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake them for 20 minutes until they just start to brown and look dry. Remove the apples from the oven and set them aside to cool.

Into a food processor or an electric mixer, add 1.5 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 6 tablespoons of cold, cubed butter, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, and 1 egg. Combine those ingredients together well. If using a food processor, by hand, mix in the apple pieces and 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Now it’s time to form the dough into scones. I was bringing these scones to a party, so I made mini ones by patting the dough into a rectangle and using a knife to cut the dough into squares and then into triangles. If you want to make the scones into larger servings, pat the dough into a circle, and use a knife to cut it like a pizza into 8 wedges.

Space the scones out onto a baking mat or a greased cookie sheet, and put them in the oven.

Let the scones bake at 375°F until they begin to brown and the edges become crisp. Smaller scones should take about 20 minutes, while larger ones should take about 30 minutes. Remove the scones, and let them cool.

These scones are best eaten while they are still warm so the cheese is melty. They are so delicious. I did a favor to the world and ate all of the ugly ones. You’re welcome!

This recipe is adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Shopping List:

  • Green apple- 2
  • Flour- 1.5 cups
  • Sugar- 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder- 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Butter- 6 tablespoons
  • Cheddar cheese- 1/2 cup, shredded
  • Heavy cream- 1/4 cup
  • Egg- 1
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