These particular Apple Scones were my Autumn offering to my children. After visiting friends’ homes and looking through one too many magazines, my kids wanted to know why we don’t decorate for the seasons. No elaborate fall mantels here. No Halloween table centerpieces or homemade wreaths for the front door. No decorations at all.
I don’t want them to feel like their missing out on anything in their childhood because I’m a single parent, so I try to never offer that as an excuse to them, even when it really is the best reason I’ve got. Because I’m the sole adult in charge of every aspect of making this house run and meeting all of the kids’ needs, there are inevitably limits to my time and resources.
I think that for the most part I do a pretty good job of making my kids feel like they have everything they need and at least some of the things they want. The lack of holiday and seasonal decor, however, is one of the more noticeable gaps. If I have to let something slide, I am okay with it being a seasonally decorated fire place mantel, you know?
But since the kids have been pestering for Autumn and Halloween decorations, I relented just a bit. I’m not getting out my glue gun yet, but I did serve up a platter of these tender, sweet Apple Scones as a peace offering. I then pointed them to the craft closet and handed them all a pair of scissors and a glue stick.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground allspice
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
- ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
- 1 heaping cup peeled and chopped apple, I used honey crisp
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
- Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt and egg until smooth. Add in the chopped apple.
- Using a fork, stir yogurt mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. The dough will be crumbly at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.
- Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7-inch circle about ¾-inch thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and prepare the glaze.
- In a medium bowl, prepare the glaze by mixing together all of the glaze ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the warm scones and enjoy - they will literally melt in your mouth.
These Apple Scones were adapted from my favorite scone recipe from My Baking Addiction – her Glazed Orange Scones became a regular in my kitchen two years ago when I first tried her recipe.