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Monday, April 11, 2011

FAILED TO RISE....APPLE CINNAMON SCONES

These scones taste flavorful
but the crumb is heavy bordering on dry
(the apples keep them from being dry) and they didn't rise very well.

I love the Apple-Cinnamon Scones from Central Market in Austin.  I used to stop in on the way to work and get one to eat with my morning coffee...or I'd stop by and buy a box of 4 for the week-end at home.  I also loved the minis.  They were so tender and moist and flavorful....WONDERFUL crumb.  So, that is what these were up against.

Saturday morning I REALLY wanted scones.  I've never made them before but I felt like I should be able to do it with little trouble. (ha!) I searched around for a recipe and settled on one from food.com.  I stuck to the recipe except for using half and half instead of milk.  I think I should have either stuck with the milk or added a bit more liquid...the scone dough was a tad dry and pulled away from the apple pieces..which resulted in me probably over-working the dough in an attempt to get it back together.

After all was said and done...the flavor was quite good...but they were heavy vs having a good crumbly crumb.  They didn't double in height as I had expected.  These were also not as sweet as I would have liked.  Still, they were very tasty.  They will get eaten!

I'll make scones again - but I'll be looking for a different recipe.  I believe Ina Garten has one and hers looked good (of course)...so I'll be searching that out.

For now, here's the recipe - maybe it will do better for you!  It had a good rating.

APPLE CINNAMON SCONES

Ingredients:

Serves: 12




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter (cold)
  • 1 cup apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (I did not use)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used half and half)
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (for topping)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (for topping)
Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400°F Grease a baking sheet. (I used a silpat)
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder, and 1 tsp cinnamon; mix well.
  3. With pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  5. In a small bowl, combine milk and egg yolk, blend well.
  6. Add milk/egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, gently knead dough several times.
  8. With floured rolling pin, roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
  9. Cut out scones with a 3-inch round cookie cutter.
  10. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  11. In another small bowl, beat egg white until foamy.
  12. Brush egg whites over tops of scones. (I brushed on sides too - might have been part of the problem)
  13. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping and then sprinkle this over the scones.
  14. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  15. Immediately remove from the baking sheet and serve warm.
So, that's how I did it...and I do think they are tasty...but they sure don't compare to the big fat wonderful Central Market scones.  I will continue in my endeavor towards replicating them!

Bon Appetit, Y'all!
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1 comment:

  1. Oh snap! Brushing egg whites on the sides was exactly what was wrong. I saw a cooking show that said "be sure to only brush the tops or they won't be able to rise". Well, lesson learned!

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