We’re already into the first part of June, and I couldn’t help but think about the fall season as I happened upon some Smitten apples at our local grocery store. This got me to thinking about fall and the bounty of apples to be picked at local apple orchards and making apple pie. But it’s only June and somehow it’s not time for me to make apple pie. I know that seems awkward, but I associate apple pie with the fall, as one associates hot dogs with a ball game. Okay, that’s probably not the best reference, but I think you get my drift!

So what could I make with these apples? Well we do love scones at our house. In fact, scones have become so popular at Saturday morning breakfast with my mom and dad, that dad gets a bit sad if I don’t bring some. He calls them, “those triangle things”! Then there’s my mom, who hoards any leftover scones from breakfast. Since these freeze really well, that’s exactly what she does, and she only shares them sparingly with others! So I decided, why not an apple and cheese scone made with brown sugar? Sounds a little like apple pie – right?

After countless taste testing from a lot of willing helpers, I really like the combination of unbleached all-purpose flour and whole wheat pastry flour the best. The small addition of the pastry flour gives scones a more tender crumb. Then there was the dilemma of do I make them with buttermilk, whipping cream or sour cream. My hubby, Dale, who is getting pretty darn good at knowing his baked goods, says he likes the scones made with the sour cream, and I do too! Scones made with sour cream have a bit more of a shortcake texture to them, especially with the addition of an egg.

You can make so many different flavor variations. We really enjoy the combination of apples and cheddar cheese, but if you prefer, you could substitute cinnamon chips for the cheddar cheese, but only use 1/3 cup cinnamon chips. It’s your creation, so use your imagination!

The secret to the success of making scones, is to not overwork the dough. I make all my scones by hand, just as I do my biscuits. I think you will find after making these scones even once, you will see how easy they are to make. I hope they become a favorite on your breakfast table at your home too!

As always, remember to have fun in the kitchen and enjoy!

Apple Cheddar Scones

Apple Cheddar Scones


    Dough for Scones
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (you can substitute table salt)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup (1 medium apple, finely diced) you want a nice crisp apple
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    Egg Wash
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
    Apple Cinnamon Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (no need to sift)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons apple juice concentrate or fresh apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Dough for Scones

Adjust an oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, just spray pan with non-stick cooking spray. Make sure you also have a work surface ready, that is lightly sprinkled with flour. You will also want a sharp knife or bench scraper ready for cutting scones.

Measure dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together to combine thoroughly; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, 1 egg and vanilla; set aside.

Cut butter into small pieces and place back in refrigerator until ready to add to the dry ingredients.

Make sure you get your egg wash ready too, so you're not doing this at the last minute. Whisk 1 egg with 1/2 teaspoon water. Make sure you have a pastry brush set to go.

Measure out cheddar cheese and diced apples; set aside.

Add the cold butter to your dry ingredients.Using your hands, pinch the pieces of butter until mixture is crumbly and you can still see tiny bits of butter. If you don't want to use your hands, use a pastry blender.

Add cheese and apples. Lightly toss with a spatula. You want to coat the cheese and apples evenly with dry ingredients.

Add sour cream mixture and mix lightly with a spatula to blend.Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface.You may have a few dry bits in the bottom of the bowl of the bowl, but that's ok. Just incorporate them into the dough, which you want to gently knead 3-4 times.

Pat into an 8-inch circle, approximately 1-inch high. Cut into 8 triangles. Place on baking sheet and brush each scone with egg wash. Bake for approximately 16 minutes. Scones should be nicely browned on top. Remove scones to a wire baking rack and let cool completely before finishing with glaze.

Apple Cinnamon Glaze

Place powdered sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add apple juice concentrate or fresh apple juice 1 tablespoon at a time, until you get a glaze that flows at an even consistency off the tines of a fork.