Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TWD: Apple Cheddar Scones



This week's recipe is Apple Cheddar Scones, chosen by Karina of The Floured Apron.  I'm not usually this down to the wire with my TWD recipes.  But last week was kind of crazy, and I worked Saturday.  Well, and the main problem was that I didn't get a chance to buy the dried apples until we went to Central Market on Sunday.  A number of people were saying that they had trouble finding dried apples, but I'm lucky enough to have a store with a fantastic bulk department.  

Anyway, I ended up making the scones this morning.  I love it when I have the time to bake something fresh for breakfast.  I usually end up doing that on Sundays (which occasionally means that we end up eating closer to lunch time...), and Brianna likes to help.  She loves to crack eggs; not sure why exactly.  But it's also nice to be able to bake when I have a day off during the week and I have the house to myself.  

Unlike some scone recipes I've tried, this dough was pretty sticky.  That seemed to make it a bit easier to incorporate the dried apples and the cheese.  I think I'm getting better at rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients without overdoing it.  Rather than introduce more flour by trying to pat out the dough and cut it, I scooped the dough onto the baking sheet.  I used my handy #16 disher for that.  (Besides good places to buy ingredients, I also have access to good places to buy kitchen tools, including a great restaurant supply store.)  I ended up with 11 scones instead of 12, but that's okay.


The verdict?  I really liked these, but that's not really surprising, since  I love anything with cheese.  I used sharp cheddar, but I also bought some gouda last weekend, and I think that might be good with the apples as well.  The apples add some bits of sweetness, and I like the bit of crunch on the outsides from the cornmeal.  I'll have to see what Brianna and Gillian think, but if they don't like them, I'll just have to suffer through eating them all myself... =)

Want to give them a try?  Then get a copy of Baking From My Home to Yours or head on over to Karina's blog.

21 comments:

  1. Lovely scones! They look delicious!! I hope your usual kitchen helpers like them.

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  2. The gouda sounds like a really great idea, and one that I will have to try!

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  3. yum! Gouda sounds like it would be tasty in these! I hope you'll share if you make them! LOL! Great job!

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  4. Oh darn, what suffering to have to eat *all* of them :) Glad you like them, and gouda sounds like a great variation.

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  5. So funny I bought dried apple rings produced in the US in my organic shop :-), gouda fits everywhere ...
    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

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  6. Hope the little 'uns like them so you don't HAVE to eat them all yourself! Beautiful, as always...

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  7. Great job with the scones; glad you found the time to fit them in.

    And I'm with Ulrike... gouda goes everywhere. :)

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  8. I am going to have to try the gouda! My little one loves to crack the eggs, must be a kid thing! Great job!

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  9. They look great. The gouda sounds like a great idea that DH would love.

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  10. 11 larger scones is better than 12 smaller scones :) great job!

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  11. I love your scones! I have to agree with the dough being sticky. But I thought the recipe was super easy to put together!

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  12. I second (third?) the comment about kids and cracking eggs. It is the best part of baking for mine...well not counting licking the bowl and consuming the final product. They look great.

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  13. I made one less scone than the recipe called for too. I guess we like bigger scones. I've never eaten gouda. I don't even know what it looks like.

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  14. Aren't they yummy? Your scones look delish :)

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  15. You're the second person who mentioned the apple and gouda combo and it sounds so good! My oldest loves to crack eggs, too. I had to laugh when I read that. He just wants to keep cracking no matter what I say. The scones look great! Nice pictures.

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  16. I have to say, fresh scones for breakfast is one of my favorite things. Yours look fabulous!

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  17. I had gouda in my refrigerator and thought about using it. If I ever make these again, I probably will. Your scones look delicious- thanks for the welcome!

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  18. Oh, I do love gouda. Bet they were pretty amazing.

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  19. Your scones look delicious! After hearing about your experience with them, I regret not participating this past week. I didn't know where to find dried apples, but I'm glad you have such easy access to them. Good job!

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  20. I like the idea of Gouda cheese. Maybe even smoked Gouda (or part smoked and part plain.) Nummy! Lovely scones -- I "had" to eat more than my share too (because my husband didn't get to them fast enough!)

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