Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TWD: Apple Cheddar Scones

I’m not a coffee drinker. And as such, I’ve always kind of stereotyped coffee-type of baked goods into the…. “Not for me pile.” So, this means that when it comes to scones, biscotti, tea cakes, coffee cake, etc… I’ve just completely ignored their realm of baked goods.

And then, as usual when I actually try something that I think I don’t like…. I end up loving it and wondering why I was so opposed to the darn thing in the first place.

Case in point: Scones.

A few months ago, while staying at the Elizabeth Street Inn, I heard from another hotel guest that their scones in the morning were “to die for.” Which seemed ridiculous. I mean, how could a scone be “to die for”? That phrase is saved for Pecan Pie Cheesecake or Guinness Chocolate Cake, something really decadent and luscious. Not some silly coffee accompaniment, right? Well, even though I wouldn’t describe a scone as to die for, the scones at the hotel were absolutely delicious. Especially a lemon flavored one they had. And ever since that morning, I’ve been craving more scones. I’ve looked for a recipe, but hadn’t decided one specific one yet.

Anyway, fast forward to this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection: Apple Cheddar Scones. I was super excited when I saw this selection…. I mean, apples, cheese, and bread. Three of my favorite things (although, admittedly I’d never had them all together). These were a breeze to whip up, but you know what…. Mine turned into light, fluffy biscuits instead of crumbly scones. The scones I had at the Elizabeth Street Inn were a crumbly, harder texture. Whereas mine turned out light and fluffy (the best biscuit texture I’ve ever made, in fact). Maybe I did something wrong? I did use a cookie scoop to dollop them out, so that I’d have evenly sized pieces that I didn’t have to fight with bare hands. Could that have been the problem? Maybe it needs to cook as a larger mass?

Regardless… they were really, really good. I would definitely make these again as a brunch bread.

Thanks to Karina for the great choice and if you want to check out the recipe, head over to her blog… The Floured Apron.
And…. Guess who got to pick out next week’s selection? Yup, me. Woo

25 comments:

erin lou said...

I love scones, especially hard ones. Mine were very biscuit like (I had made shortcake a few days before and the scones reminded me of that.) I just joined TWD and am excited for the blueberry pie! Thanks for the fantastic pick!

Amy said...

Your scones look great! I'm with you on the "to die for" should be saved for the decadent deserts.

Sarah said...

Mine turned out biscuit like as well...just like I had hoped. Great job! And I'm looking forward to your pick...perfect for the 4th of July!

April said...

Great job on the scones, I love apples & cheese too!

Madam Chow said...

Great job, and NO,you didn't do anything wrong! Scones come in a couple basic types of textures, the cakey kind and the biscuit kind. The more butter in the scone (and if it's properly made), the flakier the scone. Dorie's scone recipes tend to fall in that category. Cakier scones also tend to have more egg than this recipe had. So, yours came out PERFECTLY! Congratulations, and welcome to world of homemade scone lovers!

Alix D said...

As I mention (well, rant, really) in my TWD post, these really *are* biscuits, to my mind. And there's nothing wrong with that. Yours turned out beautifully :)

bakingwiththeboys said...

Anything that tastes delicious can't possibly be wrong. Maybe now I will give biscotti and tea cakes another go. I always skip them for the same reason as you.

Susie Homemaker said...

Look at the gooey goodness with your scones! I bet that tastes amazing!

The Kitchen Vixen said...

I scones look wonderful, but I agree "to die for" is strictly reserved for mouth orgasm worth desserts;)

Engineer Baker said...

I'm glad these turned out so well, and am looking forward to trying out your pick for next week's recipe!

Barbara said...

Yes, I second Madam Chow -- you didn't do anything wrong, this is just a recipe for the more "biscuity" type of scone. (My favorite, actually.) Maybe you can track down a recipe that's more like the one you prefer.

Glad you've discovered the joys of scones!

Kayte said...

Your scones look absolutely flaky and delicious...melt in your mouth kind of delicious. Great job.

Pamela said...

First of all, I have to tell you how EXCITED I AM TO MAKE THAT PIE!! It's been calling my name since I got the book. Thanks for that choice! I liked the flaky texture of the scone, the crumbly ones don't do much for me.

Heather B said...

Your scones look so tasty! Great job! I love your pick for next week! I'll be on vacation but I hope to sneak it in!

Erin said...

Your scones look great! Mine were more like biscuits as well- I think there's a big difference between American and British scones (which are hard), but I could be wrong. Glad you liked them!

Prudy said...

Looking so forward to next week's assignment. Your scones look so lovely!

Dolores said...

Great job with your scone-biscuits. Mine turned out biscuit-like too, but that didn't keep us from devouring them.

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

Your scones turned out great--mine were light and fluffy too. I can't wait to try the pie!

Shari said...

Your scones look lovely! You'll have to post your favorite scone when you find it. Lemon scones sound great!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Jules Someone said...

Mmmmmm. Those look delicious!

melly~ said...

yours look perfectly lovely. made my mouth water even! good job!

Karina said...

I'm glad you liked these. Mine were more biscuit-like as well, but still delicious.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Biscuit or scone, I'd call it delicious! Well done!

Jaime said...

they look great! though i agree they were fluffy and tender and not dense and crumbly....but apparently from what i've gathered from the comments on my blog - biscuits and scones are one and the same!

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