My local farmers market, Viimsi Taluturg, hosts a big apple feast tomorrow, called Ubinapäev. If I remember it correctly, its the third year in a row. And for the second year in a row, a group of local foodbloggers, including yours truly, sets up a apple cake stand, Toidublogijate õunakoogikohvik. There are five of us, just like last year, and as last year was lots of fun and a great success (we sold all the cakes within 2 hours or so), we’re more than happy to participate this year as well. So all of you who are in Tallinn or Viimsi tomorrow, are most welcome to come by and have some apple cake. But come early 🙂
Today’s recipe is for apple and Cheddar cheese scones. The ones on the picture were made exactly a year ago, and come highly recommended. If it weren’t for the prohibitive cost of Cheddar cheese over here, I’d make these for the apple cake stand tomorrow. These are excellent – slightly sweet, slightly savory, full of roasted apples and strong-flavoured cheese – a great snack first thing in the morning or with your afternoon cup of tea.
The original recipe appeared in Melissa Clark’s “The Perfect Finish” (2010, Apple and White Cheddar Scones), but I’ve played with the amounts and ingredients a little. Smitten Kitchen and Leite’s Culinaria have blogged about the same recipe from the same book (these are helpful when you’re looking for US measurements). And a search for apple cheddar scones gives numerous results on the FoodBlogSearch, if you’re looking for something slightly different.
Apple and Cheddar Cheese Scones
Makes 6 large scones
3 to 4 large apples (about 450 g/1 pound in total)
200 g all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp + 1.5 Tbsp caster sugar
0.5 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
85 g cold butter, cut into cubes
100 g strong/mature Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) fresh cream (single or double)
2 large eggs, divided
Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. Peel the apples, remove the cores and cut apples into thin sectors. Place on the baking sheet on an even layer, and bake at 180 C/350 F for about 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, let cool.
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, 4 Tbsp of sugar, baking powder and salt). Place the cubed cold butter into your food processor. Add the apples, grated cheese, fresh cream and 1 egg. Scatter the dry mix on top. Using the slowest setting, quickly mix the dough until it just comes together.
Line a baking sheet with a clean parchment paper.
Place the scone mixture onto a lightly floured table, sprinkle some flour on top as well. Gently roll it into a round disk, about 3.5 cm high. Cut into 6 sectors and transfer these onto the baking sheet, leaving some space between the scones.
Whisk the remaining egg with a pinch of salt. Brush the scones with the egg wash, then sprinkle with the rest of the sugar.
Bake in the middle of a preheated 180 C oven for about 30 minutes, until the scones are lovely golden brown.
Let cool a little, then transfer onto a metal rack to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.