Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Apple Cheddar Scones (TWD)

What a crappy week... I came down with a nasty case of food poisoning (sorry...TMI), and have been out of commission all week. I've been living on saltine crackers and gatorade, and my taste buds have been completely obliterated...ugh!!


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.

18 comments:

Jess said...

Gorgeous picture - they look fantastic. Hopefully you'll get to enjoy them again sometime.

April said...

Your pictures are so nice, they show the texture and the crumb of the scones perfectly. Great job!

The Food Librarian said...

Oh my goodness! I had the same thoughts in Trader Joe's! Those granny smith apples were right next to the dried white peaches. Next time! Great photos. Hope you are fully recovered and have taste buds again.

Susie Homemaker said...

Stunning photos...and great looking scones to boot!

Prudy said...

Sorry about your bad week, but your scones look perfect! Nicejob and I hope you'll get a chance to truly enjoy them.

The Kitchen Vixen said...

Wonderful pics! I hope you are feeling much better now;)

Pamela said...

They look beautiful. I hope you are back to feeling 100% soon!

Barbara said...

Lovely pictures! Best wishes for a speedy recovery and being able to taste things again!

dinneranddessert said...

Your scones look so good! I hope you are feeling better!

Jules Someone said...

Those look lovely! I hope you fell better soon. And when you make the pear/gryuere, let us know how it turns out!

likesprinkles said...

Your pictures are fabulous. I love that you can see the cheese that oozed out. Yummy.

LyB said...

I love the close up pic of the golden scone, it looks so flaky and delicious! Perfect!

Mara said...

pears and gruyere yum! i thought apple and gorgonzola would be fab for this recipe, but i did apricot and cheddar this time around. btw i love your blog name..! it makes me want CAKE.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Oh, I'm feeling your pain! My husband's sick in bed, and I'm on Saltine and Gatorade patrol. Hope you're feeling 100% soon!

Rebecca
http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

Shari said...

You're dedicated to make this when you're not feeling well! Great job!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Steph said...

Your scones look great!!! The clarity of your pictures are amazing, I feel like I can grab them from my screen.

It must be great to be eating real food again.. although saltine crackers aren't that bad. I used to go through them by the package and then had to stop buying them altogether.

melly~ said...

OMG yours look beautiful!
thanks for sharing.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I think your scones look fabulous! Well done!

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