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RECIPE: Fuji Apple & Aged White Cheddar Scones

14th Jul 13 (Sun) Leave a comment

Last night, I was invited to a beautiful outdoor house concert / potluck… The Littlest Birds played a long, entertaining set amidst the garden and kids running about.  Check them out on the Facebook, and if you’re in the Eugene Oregon area, check out Bronak House Concerts and Events.

the Littest Birds near Eugene, Oregon - July 2013

Oh, but wait… I said “potluck”… I had a hankering for something new, and decided to take a classic flavor combination and see if it’d work with a tried-and-true scone recipe.  I made…

Fuji Apple and Aged
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White Cheddar Scones

Ingredients:
makes 8-10 regular sized scones
(I made a double batch and cut them smaller)

  • 1 Fuji apple, cored & diced into small pieces
  • 1 to 2 Tbls coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
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  • 4 to 5 oz. aged white cheddar, diced into small pieces
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  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (split into 3/4 cup & 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar & cinnamon, mixed

Steps:

  1. Sautée diced apple with the coconut oil until lightly brown (but still retain some firmness).  Add cinnamon, stir and remove from heat.  Cool the apples.  If making the scones right away, place apples in the freezer for ~5 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.  When mixed, make a big hole in the middle of the mixture and add 3/4 cups of whipping cream.
  4. Before mixing the liquid in further, spread flour out on a clean surface (keep extra flour handy in a bowl, as the mixture will be sticky).
  5. Add the cooled apples and diced cheese to the dry & whipping cream mixture.  Stir or mix with your hands until the mixture is crumbly.  Turn the dough onto the floured surface and continue to knead.  At this stage, I ended up adding more flour to make it more doughy and less gooey.  Rather than alter the recipe and add more flour to the mix early on, I figured that it’s good to play it by feel/texture.  It should be soft and malleable dough, not too sticky.
  6. Roll out the dough flat until it’s about 1/2″ thick.  Cut with a pizza cutter, sharp spatula, or other tool into the shapes / sizes that suit you.  Place on a lightly greased or parchment papered baking pan.
  7. Bake for 21-24 minutes until lightly golden.  After baking, brush with remaining whipping cream and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mix.  Cool slightly before serving.

Prep time: 30-45 minutes… best served warm or within the day!

And, obviously, different apple and cheese choices open this up to MANY different options at your fingertips.

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~Dan – np: Au4…And Down Goes the Sky
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RECIPE: Taco Scones

31st May 11 (Tue) 5 comments

I had been thinking of making this for a while.  I had never seen “taco scones.”  I quick search on google & food.com‘s recipes came up with nothing outside of something called a Navajo Scone, which looked like taco stuff on navajo bread.  Mexican scones came up, but were usually chocolate/cinnamon or apple-somethings.  Anyway, I’m considering this a fairly novel concept, but I don’t know why.  They’re super easy, all of the ingredients are pretty basic, and it’s a classic combination of flavors.  For a Memorial Day / birthday party, I made…

Taco Scones

photo by emobiephotography

Makes 8-12 large scones

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbl baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ Tbl black pepper
  • 1 Tbl taco seasoning (plus add’l to top sconesI buy in the bulk section)
  • 1 stick chilled unsalted butter (or Earth Balance, etc), cut into cubes
    freeze butter for 15 minutes for “chilled” butter
  • 1 ½ cups grated medium/sharp cheddar cheese (or vegan substitute)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced small
  • 1 small can of sliced olives
  • 1 lb soy crumbles, warmed & sautéed with taco seasoning
  • ¾ to 1 cups buttermilk (or soy creamer / coconut milk / vegan buttermilk)
  • ¼ to ½ cup cheddar cheese to top scones (or vegan substitute)
  • 1 large egg for top glaze (optional)
  • 2 tsp water for top glaze (optional)
  • salsa, sour cream, guacamole (for dipping)

Preheat oven to 400°

Steps:

  1. Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or do by hand), combine flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper & taco seasoning in a large bowl on low speed.
  2. With mixer running, gradually add cubes of butter until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour – butter bits about the size of small peas.
  3. Add 1 ½ cups grated cheese and mix just until blended.
  4. Add peppers, soy crumbles, olives and 3/4 cup buttermilk to flour and cheese mixture.  Mix by hand just until all ingredients are incorporated.  If dough is too dry to hold together, use remaining buttermilk, adding 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is pliable and can be formed into a ball.  Stir as lightly and as little as possible to ensure a lighter-textured scone.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and place it on a lightly floured flat surface.  Pat dough into a ball.  Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick.  Cut dough into 8 to 10 equal wedges, depending on size scone you prefer.
  6. Whisk egg and water in a small mixing bowl to combine.  Brush each wedge with egg wash.  Top with taco seasoning and the remaining ¼ to ½ cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Place scones on a lined baking sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle.  Serve warm with salsa, sour cream and/or guacamole for dipping.

This will definitely be a repeat recipe!  Taco scones, “Mexiscones,” or whatever you want to call them – these savory scones are delicious.

This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

~Dan – np: David BazanStrange Negotiations

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