These scones are easy to make and will impress your friends. We used “sugar for show” putting a bit of brown sugar into the apple topping to entice the eyes, but otherwise tried to keep the sugar down from the traditional recipe. If you make them, let us know how they turned out.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus a bit for dusting)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold + 1 tablespoon for the apple topping
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 apple diced small
- Preheat over to 400°F, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and allspice. Then add the sugar and mix together.
- Using two knives, or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is about the size of peas. Don’t overwork the dough.
- Add the milk and cider and mix the dough until fully combined. It will be lightly sticky to the touch.
- Dust a surface with flour and place the dough on the surface. Pat the dough out to about 3/4″ thick. Using a glass dipped in cold water, or a biscuit cutter, cut out the scones. You can re-use and re-pat out the dough, dusting with extra flour if needed.
- Place the scones on the baking pan and let sit while you’re preparing the apple topping.
- Dice the apples and blend with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Place a few pieces on top of each scone.
- Baking for 14 to 17 minutes. You’ll see the bottoms beginning to brown. Cool for about five minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool. Enjoy! We used a 2 3/4″ biscuit cutter and got 18 scones.
Cooking Tips: You can easily do this with 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all-purpose flour if you’d like a bit more nutritional value. We were skeptical we could rework the dough as much as we did, but using leftover dough to pat out more scones worked just fine, we couldn’t tell the difference after we baked them. You can play with the toppings here, we did a few with chopped pecans and thought they tasted great too.
We loved how the apple cider flavor really came through and complimented the apple topping. We were inspired by SavvyEat.com, after seeing a similar recipe on this great blog so check them out for more recipe ideas.
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