Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Apple Cheddar Scones

You'd think the only thing I do is bake these days...not true. In fact, yesterday, I spent hours and hours cooking and photographing (with intrepid cohorts Kumiko and Tya) Indian food. And it was goooooood. But, even though I am a day late? It's still Tuesday again and that means Tuesdays with Dorie!

This week's event: Apple Cheddar Scones. Once again, someone picked something after my own heart, because I pretty much have zero willpower when it comes to sweet/savory combos. So the thought of apples and cheddar really works for me.

I decided to make this Monday morning, but when I opened the fridge, someone (bad bad bad person) had finished all the milk. That meant I couldn't have my daily dose of caffeine (double espresso with 1 cup of skim: my homemade latte). So I quick checked the ingredients list and saw I also didn't have apple juice or dried apples. Nothing the local 24 hour drugstore wouldn't have, right (yes, it was that early; no supermarkets were open). A quick trip garnered me the necessary ingredients (I made my own buttermilk by souring the milk with white vinegar). A bag of really great mixed, dried fruit yielded enough apple slices-dried, yet soft at the same time...I also fell hard for the peaches, which may be what I need to use the next time I make this recipe!

Anyway, yep, as predicted by the commenters at TWD, a very wet dough. I patted it into a relatively neat rectangle....Then used a dough scraper to cut nice, squared scones...except they aren't. I figured I should have just done drop biscuits at this point. Anyway.The scones (do you know in Bath, England, they say "scone" to rhyme with "gone?" No, not many people know that. I am married to a Bath native. Say it to rhyme with gone. Here in this house, anyway...) baked up nicely, really short, melt in your mouth. the moist-yet-dried apples give a hint, but not too much, sweet, and the cheddar is a nice balance. Dorie likes them three minutes out of the oven, so I complied! I added a little extra butter (oh, yes I did!) and then drizzled a bit of honey over it all, too, because I think cheese and honey is one of the best things ever. Enjoy it, folks.

10 comments:

Rebecca said...

Ooh, wish I had one left to drizzle some honey on. Looks deeelish!

Dolores said...

Everything's better with (a little more) butter (and honey). Great job!

rainbowbrown said...

Man, the color on those is perfect, good job. I'm totally trying these with honey when I bake the next ones.

Engineer Baker said...

Honey sounds like a perfect addition, but I'm wondering where all the Indian is...???

Erin said...

Your scones look delicious, especially with the honey on them!

Susie Homemaker said...

I don't care HOW you say it - I don't like em...but I'm glad you confirmed the correct pronunciation for me! (not that I will be ordering one in London anytime soon :) )
Yours looks really great though! I forgive your tardiness. This time!

Barbara said...

Ooh, love the picture with the butter and honey! Good job!

Jules Someone said...

Mmmmm. Those look really delicious.

Julie said...

Scones are one of my favorite things, and I've been wanting to try this recipe. The apple cheddar combo would definitely make a good scone.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

My British boyfriend was a big fan of these too, as was I. We just ate the second half of the batch this evening with soup for dinner.