Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spiced Apple Scones

It's Memorial Day Weekend and no surprise, it is currently raining.  Raining makes me think of 5-10 years ago, where rainy days only equaled a friendly book and yummy snack; not the cleaning the kitchen, getting the laundry done, making sure bills are paid rainy days of adulthood.   Although the forecast calls for more rain tomorrow and I know that means it's time to get some chores done, right now, I will picture tomorrow as my rainy day Saturday like years ago with my only task being that of whipping up some a simple breakfast with these Spiced Apple Scones.

Spiced Apple Scones

Scone Ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cup Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 Cup Wheat germ
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup skim milk
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1 1/4 Cup Apple, peeled and finely chopped
 
Topping Ingredients:
 
  • 1 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbls sugar

Preparation:
 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and butter or spray a large cookie sheet.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl (salt, flour, baking powder, baking soda, wheat germ, cinnamon & nutmeg).  Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture looks like crumbs. 
  • Add milk, honey and apples - mixing until dry ingredients are moistened.  Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 5 to 6 times.  Be careful not to over knead as it will make the end results of the scones tough.  Pat dough into approximately a nine inch circle.
  • Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over the dough.  Cut dough into 10 wedges and place on the prepped cookie sheet.  Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.