What could be better to start the day than having a steaming cup of tea or coffee with a warm freshly baked scone? The weather is becoming cold here and the mornings are quite foggy and cloudy. I am not complaining a bit as I know that’s what to expect in the fall and winter months here. Rather I am happy as I could crank up the oven and bake when it is cold outside to keep the house warm and cozy.
These Apple Raisin Scones are perfect for the season. Apples are now in season and there are variety of apples to choose from. I like to use the gala apples as I enjoy eating it but you may use any apple of your choice in the recipe. The recipe is quite simple and easy to prepare. You may make the dough and shape it the night before and let it rest in the refrigerator to chill. Next morning you just transfer it in a preheated oven to bake. While you prepare the coffee, and set the breakfast table, the scones are baked and ready to be served. There is nothing better than to bite into a warm freshly baked scone!
The chunks of apple and raisins in a flaky melt in the mouth pastry is perfect and the hint of ground spices makes it so festive. These scones are perfect at the Thanksgiving breakfast table or any time this season!
Do not overwork the dough or else the scones will turn out to be dense. Keep all the ingredients cold before using in the recipe. These scones can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or you may freeze them. Just warm up in the oven before serving.
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How to make Apple Raisin Scones
By November 16, 2016Published:
- Yield: 8-10
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Ready In: 1 hr 5 mins
Perfect scones for the season with chunks of apple and raisins with a hint of ground spices.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teapoon salt
- 1/4 teapsoon ground nutmeg freshly ground
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cut into small cubes
- 1 large apple peeled, cored and chopped into small cubes
- 1/4 cup dark raisins
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream to brush on top
- 2/3 cup whipping cream very cold
- 2 tablespoons demerara sugar to sprinkle on top
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground spices, salt and sugar. Add the chilled cubes of butter and with the help of the finger tips rub the butter with the flour until pea-size lumps form.
- Beat the egg and mix with the whipping cream. Gradually add the cream- egg mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Stir in the chopped apples and raisins until evenly distributed.
- Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and transfer the dough on to a lightly floured work surface.With light hands, knead the dough to form a large disc of 1 inch thickness. With a sharp knife cut the disc into 8 equal parts or cut into 4 inch circles with a biscuit cutter. Transfer the scones onto a parchment lined baking tray.
- Once done with all the dough, chill the scones in the refrigerator for at least an hour before baking. While the scones are chilling in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 425F.
- After an hour, brush the tops with cream and sprinkle the sugar. Bake the scones in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the scones are golden brown in color. Cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve warm with coffee or tea at breakfast or in the afternoon. You may spread some jam of your choice. Enjoy!