Although still not feeling 100%, I wanted to try and get back into a normal routine this weekend. Being in the kitchen is a big part of that routine, so wanted to kick off my recovery with some baking! This week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection, Apple Cheddar Scones, which was made by Karina at The Floured Apron, would serve as a perfect start.
Dorie Greenspan considers this recipe for Apple Cheddar Scones as one of her favorites. I'm a huge fan of eating fruit and cheese together, with the saltiness and creaminess of the cheese complementing the juiciness and sweetness of fruit, so I can see where the appeal comes from.
I had almost all of the ingredients at home, with the exception of the dried apples and cheddar cheese. While shopping for the remaining ingredients at Trader Joe's, I was tempted to veer a bit from the recipe, as I spied packages of dried pears sitting beside the dried apples...doesn't pears and guyere sound yummy in this recipe? Ultimately, I decided to stick with the recipe as written, as I wanted to experience one of Dorie's favorite scones.
The recipe came together quickly, and I used a 2 1/2" biscuit cutter to portion the dough. This dough was much stickier than I expected, so had to flour my work surface well and work quickly. I ended up with 18 rounds (this includes using the scraps --- don't like wasting these lovely bits of dough).
These scones baked off much flatter that I expected. Then again, the scone picture accompanying the recipe was also pretty flat, so maybe this was intended. I really liked how the shredded cheese oozed out of the scones resulting with cheesy, crunchy bits on the crust (yum!). I also really like the textural contrast that the chewy dried apples delivered.
I still can't taste anything really well, so I'm relying on my hubby to give his impression on flavor. Per Mr. B: Overall, the salty sweet flavor combination of the cheese and apples was delicious and I would definitely look forward to eating them again soon...hint, hint ;)!
Thanks Karina for this delicious selection! For the recipe, please visit Karina's site, The Floured Apron. To see what the TWD gals and guys have been cookin' up, check out the Tuesday's With Dorie blogroll.