Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TWD: Apple Cheddar Scones


Oh. My. Goodness. While there have been some flops for me in Dorie's book, there are two things that she really gets: fruit desserts and scones. And these apple cheddar scones were fabulous. It was sheer torture smelling them baking in the morning. You know that smell of cheese just frying into little crispy bits? Yeah, that's how it smelled. And I couldn't have them quite yet because I was counting on cracking into my danish braids when I brought them into work in the morning - I can only handle so much butter in one day people!


I did make one substitution in the recipe. It calls for buttermilk, but I can never find it in small containers, so I went with plain whole milk yogurt. There're just so many things in my baking repertoire that call for buttermilk. I also did my standard butter addition method of grating the butter and just tossing it with the other ingredients. It just makes for less heat added to the overall end product. Mixing them up was tricky though. When she says the dough is sticky, DEAR LORD STICKY MESS. *ahem* Thank goodness the boyfriend was willing to clean up after me :) They froze easily, and I left them in the freezer for 4 days before baking them up Monday morning. Even with the extended chill time, they rose and browned beautifully.


Would I make these again? In a heartbeat. But with some changes - I might try some without any apple, some with freshly grated apple, and some with chunks of cheddar and apple for some textural contrast. Any way they're made though, I'm glad I don't have to worry. Dorie has scones down. Thanks Karina (of The Floured Apron) for picking this recipe!


Last Week: Mixed Berry Cobbler
Next Week: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie

49 comments:

Barbara said...

Yum, those look so delicious! Yes, I agree, Dorie knows scones. We loved ours too.

The Food Librarian said...

As always, your baked good looks great!

Kbg said...

Wow...they look great. "Chunks of Cheddar" -- I am thinking long and hard on this Chunks of Cheddar suggestion...very nice idea...thanks for sharing!
~Kayte
www.grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com

Jess said...

Those look fantastic. I also hate having to buy buttermilk for recipes, so I keep a can of Saco powdered buttermilk in the fridge - sounds sketchy, but it works!

Pamela said...

They look so good! I think that chunks of cheddar is a great idea, too. You can never go wrong with MORE cheese, in my humble opinion.

ostwestwind said...

Great looking scones, glad you liked them, we loved them too

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Madam Chow said...

First, love the braids! Next, I agree, Dorie knows her scones. We loved these, and I really like your idea of a few CHUNKS of cheddar cheese in the scones.
Madam Chow
http://www.mzkitchen.com

Madam Chow said...

Oops, one more thing - you can FREEZE buttermilk. I do it all the time, including for these scones. Just be sure to shake it really well when you thaw it.
Madam Chow
http://www.mzkitchen.com

Teanna said...

I love the grated butter method! Those look delicious!

LyB said...

Your scones look so beautiful and crispy! I agree that they smelled terrific while baking, almost too much to handle! But I tasted one strait out of the oven, lucky me! :)

Sarah said...

chunks of cheddar sound like my dream scone! great job!

Heather B said...

your scones look great! I'm glad to know they freeze well. I may have to make up a batch and freeze for later now!

Jenny said...

Looks good. I haven't tried this yet, but you are tempting me to break out the butter.

Prudy said...

OOh, they look good. I'm making these again, possibly today since my boy is clamouring for more. Your braids below are so pretty!

April said...

Dorie does know scones, they were so good and I ate way too many. Great-looking scones!

erin lou said...

Your scones look golden and delcious! I really want to try using chunks of cheese- I think that would be a great change!

rainbowbrown said...

Okay, great butter tip.
And your boyfriend cleaned up after you? Nice.
And your scones look big and tasty.

Di said...

I'm jealous that your boyfriend is willing to clean up for you. My husband probably would, but I get impatient waiting for him to get around to it, and end up doing it myself. I like the chunks of cheddar idea. I'm thinking of trying some different cheese, maybe gouda.

Mara said...

i love your shape, and that pretty plate...so cute. i liked these but i'm not quite sure i LOVE them. ask me after my mid-morning scone snack hehee.

Mary Ann said...

They look amazing! Great job.

Amy said...

They look delicious!! Great pics!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Susie Homemaker said...

I love how excited you get about baking! Your scones look great!

kim said...

yours look really good! great idea about grating the butter, i will have to try that.

The Kitchen Vixen said...

They look so yummy! and your danish braid looks incredible! Great job!

Anne said...

It was a crazy sticky mess but they look great!

Sharon said...

Yum, the look great. I like the idea of the chunks of cheddar. I think it would make it even better.

nancysrecipes said...

Your scones look fabulous! I think I'm just not a scone person, LOL! Your photos are great, too!

Erin said...

Your scones look great! The smell of cheese baking in the oven got me too- it smelled wonderful!

Dolores said...

Damn... I keep meaning (and forgetting) to try your butter grating technique. Next time!

Chunks of cheddar sounds like my kind of scone!

Tammy said...

I agree - very sticky dough. your scones look great though. More cheese and less apple for me!

Karen said...

lookin' good. i always used dried buttermilk now because i used to buy a big thing of it and just waste the rest. all you do is add it to your dry ingredients and then add extra water to the liquids. maybe you could try that. :):)

Katie B. said...

Sticky mess is right - but the tastiest sticky mess I've had in a long while!

Christine said...

These were really sticky. We loved our scones and yours look delicious!

Jaime said...

looks great! you reminded me that i wanted to write about the buttermilk in my post - i've updated my post about the wonderful buttermilk blend i keep in my fridge at all times :)

Annemarie said...

I totally agree..Dorie knows her scones!!

Shirlie said...

Great job with your DB braids. These scones were so much easier, weren't they?!! Grating butter is a good tip, thanks!

bakingwiththeboys said...

They look great! Too bad you couldn't have made them on a day without the braids. I know what you mean about a daily butter limit.

Hygeian Stew said...

Glad these were a hit, we enjoyed them too!

Jules Someone said...

Someone else suggested bacon and cheese. Mmmm. Do you know the soured milk trick to sub for buttermilk? Use 1 T. vinegar and add milk to make one cup. Let it sit for about five minutes then use it as you would buttermilk.

Talyx said...

Glad to know they freeze so well...

Funny thing, I bake over at my mother's house, since she has more room and a stand mixer (for the cookies I usually bake at the same time.) At the end of the evening, my brother says "You're taking the smell with you, right? 'Cause otherwise, this is gonna be torture!" Fortunately I left him enough to make it all easier to bear.

BAKE-EN said...

Wow, your scones look amazing, great work! I liked this recipe, but I was surprised by the sticky dough too. I've never made scones that sticky before.

Amy said...

Cheese. Crispy Bits. Yum. That was one of my favorite parts, too. Your scones look amazing!

Lauren said...

Great pictures, your boyfriend is sweet to help out.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Mmmm, your post makes me wish I'd had these for breakfast. I made them in the middle of the night, and Jeff took them to work before I'd gotten a taste. Good excuse to make them again!

Rebecca
http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

Yours look great and you are right Dorie knows her scones! I think I will try these again with chunks instead of grated cheddar. Thanks for the idea!

Lynnylu said...

Your scones look great. I didn't have buttermilk, so used equal amounts of sour cream and milk to make the cup of buttermilk.

Shari said...

Grating the butter is a great idea! Ahh, the smell of cheese baking. Yum.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Karina said...

I'm so glad you liked this recipe! Your scones look absolutely lovely.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

These were so delish! I'm jealous of your perfectly shaped scones, I'll have to do better next time.