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.