Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Apple Cheddar Scones

As my mom was visiting this weekend, I was glad that this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe was a breakfast treat. Karina of The Floured Apron chose Apple Cheddar Scones for us and since I love to use company as an excuse to make special breakfasts, this was perfect.

And I love scones, all kids of scones. I have a tried and true recipe, one that never fails. I can add anything to it, reduce the amount of sugar and make savory scones with it, it’s perfect. But, since I love scones so much, I was happy to try Dorie’s recipe, you know, to see if it would measure up to my go to scones. I did make a few changes though. Just a few! I used fresh apples instead of the dried apples called for in the recipe. I just didn’t relish the idea of dried apple chunks in my moist and tender scones. I used aged cheddar with port wine from Fromagerie Perron. That cheese is fabulous I tell you, fabulous, and I wanted to see if its taste would complement the apples.

The last change I made was to pat the dough into a circle onto a parchment lined pizza pan and score the scones into 12 wedges. I prefer baking them this way since I get the best of both worlds: the exterior of the scones get golden and crispy, and the middle stays moist and tender. Oh, and once the dough was scored I brushed it with a little milk and sprinkled the scones with a bit of coarse sugar, just for fun. That's it!

The resulting scones were incredible. We could taste the cheese and the apples, the scones weren’t too moist or too dry, they were just perfect. And the hint of crunch from the cornmeal was surprisingly pleasant. Mom heartily approved of this week's choice of recipe, so if you'd like to try these for yourselves you can find the recipe in Baking From My Home To Yours or on Karina's website. And don't forget to check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll!

PS: Happy Canada Day to all you Canadian foodies out there!

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45 comments:

Manggy said...

Great looking scones Lynne! The apples and cheddar sound like an excellent combination. I've never had cornmeal in scones before (okay, discount the fact I've only had scones exactly once), that is a great variation :)

bakingwiththeboys said...

Those look AMAZING! I love the pizza pan idea.

Amy said...

So that's how you make the perfect scone. Yours looks fabulous!

rainbowbrown said...

Nice cheese choice! Sounds like you had fun, that's great!

likesprinkles said...

Your scones look delicious! I, too, prefer to bake my scones in a circle. I love triangle scones.

Sarah said...

Your cheese choice sounds amazing and I like the scoring idea...I just used a scone pan! Great job!

Teanna said...

I love the idea of putting it in the pizza pan and cutting it! I have to do that next time! Those look really beautiful!

lemontartlet said...

Could yours look more professional? You could open a bakery with a pic of those!

Annemarie said...

I really like how you baked them, I need to give that a try next time!

Susie Homemaker said...

That's a great way to bake the scones! I may try that sometime...

Kayte said...

Thanks for sharing your method of baking them...I am going to try that soon as it looks very professional and shows those scones off really well...you did a great job...and the flavors sound very nice.

Amy (SingForYourSupper) said...

Wonderful!! I love the round pan idea!

Mara said...

oooh those looks so yummy...! !i love how you baked them, i thought about doing them in a pan but it was 11pm and thought, why get so creative? it could be a disaster this late...zzzzz. i used apricot.

Mary Ann said...

Smart idea with the circle. That's how I always done scones before. They look so good!

Madam Chow said...

Those scones sound pretty amazing. I used a very sharp cheddar, and I really think that made a world of difference, fellow scone lover! And thanks for sharing your pizza pan technique.

ChichaJo said...

Wow! It's the color of sunshine! :)

Di said...

I'll have to try your method of baking them all together in the round pan. I liked the crunch of the cornmeal too.

The Kitchen Vixen said...

they look fab! awesome pics!

Erin said...

Your scones look wonderful! I love the way you baked them in the pizza pan. The cheese sounds delicious too.

ostwestwind said...

Only knowing the British round scones eaten with clotted cream and jam for High Tea, I am surprised to see them in wedges. What a wonderful idea, that looks great.

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

kim said...

your scones look very pretty... and that cheese sounds amazing :)

vibi said...

Watatow! Ils ont l'air extra moelleux tes scones!
Je pense que pour ce défi... y'a pas de chance que tu te fasses taper sur les doigts! LOL LOL LOL ...tout à fait dans la plus pure tradition du scone!
BRAVO!

Engineer Baker said...

Aged cheddar with port wine in these? Wow, that sounds fabulous!

Grace said...

i don't typically like scones, but whenever cheese is involved, i have to take a step back and reconsider. ya done good. :)

Jules Someone said...

Mmmmm. That sounds fabulous. I may have to try the cutting after you bake idea.

Christine said...

I love how you cut your scones! Great job!

Isabelle said...

c'est une bonne idée la plaque à pizza !
tes photos sont superbes !

Kevin said...

Those scones look really good!

Karina said...

Your scones look amazing! I'm glad you and your mom enjoyed them. I'm with you on using company as an excuse for special breakfasts.

Gigi said...

Picture perfect scones! I am going to have to remember your technique of baking them in a pizza pan. Pure genius I tell you!

Pamela said...

Your pictures are simply gorgeous!

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

Those scones look great--and that's a good idea to use the pizza pan.

Heather B said...

Your scones look great! I love the idea of using the pizza pan!

Linda said...

your technique is great...and the proof is in your delicious looking scones...beautiful!!!

Dolores said...

Your scones *look* perfect; I'd *love* to try that cheddar. Great job!

Rebecca said...

Look at that color! Gorgeous.

Patricia Scarpin said...

LyB, they do look amazing! I love how you shaped them. And do beautifully golden! YUM!

BAKE-EN said...

Your scones look amazing. I really liked this recipe, but next time I think I'll try the cheese you used. I love strong cheeses.

Mara said...

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Sharon said...

Wow! They look great. Loved the wheel of scones picture.

nicisme said...

Your scones look great, another super TWD post!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a super flavor combination for a scone. I can see why your mom loved them; they look terrific!

Elle said...

I want these now! I have a recipe tucked away for apple cheddar scones that I've always meant to make. These sound better!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Your scones look fabulous! I can't wait till my oven has been serviced and is playing nice again!

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