Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TWD: Apple Cheddar Scones

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I was so excited when Dorie's book finally arrived so I could participate in my first TWD baking event. To be honest, I wasn't overly excited about this recipe because I've never really liked scones. I was even tempted to make only half the recipe in case nobody would eat them, but decided to just stick to the original. My experiences with them have usually been tough, hard and a little crumbly. These on the other hand were really tender and soft! I really liked the addition of cornmeal because it added just enough crunch without being rough. I wasn't too sure about the apple + cheddar combination so I made half the batch with apples only and the second batch with apple + cheese. Next time I make these, I think I'll load them up with more dried apples + cheese and maybe 1/2 tsp more salt. Sweet and salty is quite the delicious combination!

The dough was so sticky I wasn't exactly sure how to knead it, but it all came together nicely after a very generous dusting. There was actually a little sticking so I used the edge of my Chinese rectangular knife to scrap the dough off the counter. I must get myself a pastry scraper, those food network chefs make it look so much fun whenever they're scrapping away at their counter. Anway, after 10 minutes in the oven, there was significant browning on the bottom and pale tops. There was also some smoke coming out (my fault for using old parchment) so I finished the rest of the baking at 350. Next time I'm going to use my insulated cookie sheets, since those always manage to leave my chocolate chip cookies nice and pale.. haha. Overall, making scones was kind of fun because of its simplicity and of course, all the squishing of butter into flour with your fingers. Luckily I didn't freeze any because the scones disappeared quicker than I expected.


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Thanks to Karina of The Floured Apron for choosing this recipe, which can be found in Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my Home to Yours. Don't forget to checkout the TWD Blogroll!

By the way, the devil's food white-out cake was such a hit that I was asked to make another one for a birthday party. I love Dorie's recipes!!


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24 comments:

  1. Steph, there's no way your day can go wrong with Apple Cheddar Scones. I looked at the pictures and felt the love.

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  2. Welcome to TWD! I am glad that you had a good experience, because those look delicious!

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  3. WOW!!! I'm adding you to my daily blog check list. Your pics are great!! Welcome to TWD. I LOVE it because it makes me bake things I wouldn't pick on my own.

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  4. Welcome and glad the scones turned out well. I felt the same way about scones, but I've had a major change of heart! I can't believe you made another devils food cake! What a trooper! It looks so fab!

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  5. I'm worried about the pie, too. I've never made a pie crust or a pie!! I have a deep love for blueberries, though, and they are fresh right now where I live in Alabama. When I started my blog, I started a category called "Firsts." Now I realize that every recipe will be a first for A LONG time!! Maybe my category should have been "NOT Firsts."

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  6. Your scones look perfect to me!! Nice job!!

    No doubt that that devil's food white-out cake would be a hit - hooray!! And now you get to make another delicious one!! :0)

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  7. Sweet and salty is such a great combo! Your scones look so nice, I love the melty cheese in the last picture.

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  8. Welcome to TWD! I love the way your scones turned out

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  9. Welcome to TWD! Your scones looked great, loved the melting cheese coming out of the scone. Yum!

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  10. Steph:
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'll bet my scones were cheaper to make than I'm estimating, but I try to overestimate just in case. Unless I can tell exactly what I paid for an item, and I don't even remember what I paid for the dried blueberries and cranberries. I'm impressed that you were able to make a full batch for such a good price. I've got to try the apple and cheddar but I'll probably do it in Sept.

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  11. Welcome to TWD, great pictures. Your scones turned out well.

    Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

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  12. GORGEOUS photos! I wanted to eat that scone at the top of the post!

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  13. Welcome to TWD!! Your cheese-y scones look so yummy! Congrats on your first week with our lovely group!!

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  14. great job! mine are disappearing quickly as well! welcome to TWD!

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  15. Oh, all that cheddary goodness just oozing out...very nice and lovely.

    Cake looks great too, very pretty.

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  16. Your scones look delicious--great pictures of the melty cheese! Welcome to the group.

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  17. Your close up pics of the scone are great, with all of that oozing cheese! Nice job. That cake looks really wonderful, too.

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  18. Cheese and apples sounds like a great combo for scones!

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  19. Your pictures are awesome! Your scones look lovely and welcome to TWD!

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  20. Gosh, that cake is beautiful. I just bought the Dorie book, so I'll have to try that recipe.

    The scones look very good! I love that flavor combination.

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  21. Welcome, welcome, welcome...glad to have you among us! I'm with you... next time more of the add-ins. :)

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  22. Those look fabulous--all gooey and melty. I love them!

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  23. Welcome to TWD! I might have to do a Dorie Rewind and bake that cake ... ;)

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  24. Hi Steph, your devils food cake looks amazing, really professional! I'm all thumbs when it comes to finishing my cakes :(

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