Ah, fall! The season of cozy sweaters, vibrant foliage, and all things apple and cinnamon, like easy apple cinnamon scones. As the air turns crisp and leaves crunch underfoot, there’s nothing quite like biting into a warm apple cinnamon scone. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spice.
Fresh from the oven, these scones fill your home with the cozy smell of apples and cinnamon, making them the ideal companion for a pumpkin spice latte, shaken espresso, or a hot cup of tea. They’re not just a treat; they’re an experience, one that embodies the comforting, nostalgic spirit of fall in every delicious bite.
Fresh Apples for Apple Scones
The first step to crafting the perfect scone is choosing the right fruit. Fresh diced apples are where it’s at. I’m partial to a sweeter apple like Honeycrisp but tart apples like Granny Smith work too. Either way fresh apples will deliver that perfect fruit flavor!
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Supplies for making Apple Scones
Before you start baking those delicious apple cinnamon scones, make sure you have the following supplies ready:
- Large Mixing Bowl: For combining dry ingredients.
- Small Bowl: For mixing wet ingredients.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: For precise ingredient measurements.
- Pastry Cutter, Grater, or Food Processor: To cut in the cold butter.
- Sharp Knife or Bench Scraper: For dividing the dough.
- Parchment Paper Or Silicone baking mat: To line your prepared baking sheet.
- Baking Sheet: To bake the scones on.
- Rubber Spatula: To help mix and scrape dough.
- Toothpick or Skewer: To check for doneness.
- Cooling Rack: For cooling scones post-baking.
Gather these tools, and you’re all set to create some scone magic in your kitchen!
Easy Apple Cinnamon Scones Ingredients:
- All Purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Pumpkin Spice
- COLD Butter
- Peeled, diced apple
- Milk or cream
- Raw sugar for sprinkling (if desired)
Easy Apple Cinnamon Scones Instructions:
Preheat Your Oven: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix Dry Ingredients: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Cut in Butter: COLD butter! Cold butter, cut into small pieces, is your next add-in. Use a pastry cutter, food processor, or grater for a buttery scone dough that’s got a good rise. cut it into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add Apple: Add the peeled, diced apple to the flour butter mixture.
Add Milk: Pour in the milk and stir until the dough forms. Here’s a great thing: you can opt for milk or go luxurious with some heavy cream. Mix in a small bowl with a touch of vanilla extract. Then add to the dry ingredients.
Adjust Texture: If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour until it reaches a workable consistency. Fold in those diced apples and wet ingredients into your dry mixture.
Knead Dough: On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough a few times. Until it just comes together. Avoid over working the scone dough.
Shape Dough: Divide the dough into a ball and flatten into a circle about __” thick. Use a bench scraper if you have one; it’s a brilliant technique.
Cut: Cut each circle into wedges. You can use a sharp knife or even a pizza cutter if you’re feeling adventurous. Divide dough disc into 8 equal triangles.
Prepare Baking Sheet: Place the scones on baking sheet prepared with silicone baking mat or parchment.
Sprinkle: Sprinkle the tops with raw sugar and/or additional cinnamon if desired.
Bake: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown.
Cool: Remove from oven and let the scones cool on a wire rack.
Enjoy fresh from the oven, slathered in butter or cream. Yep, it’s as amazing as it sounds! Apple scones also make great on-the-go snacks, too. Perfect for picnics, hikes, or just to stash in your bag for later.
How to Store Scones
Wrap any leftover scones in plastic wrap or stash them in an airtight container. They’re delicious treats even the next day! If you want to keep them longer I recommend freezing to prevent the scones from drying out.
How to Reheat Scones
Reheating scones is a breeze and can bring back that fresh-from-the-oven taste. For the best results, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat for about 10 minutes, or until they’re warm to the touch.
Microwaving is also an option but tends to make them a bit soggy. If you’re in a rush, a quick 20-second zap in the microwave will do, but the oven method is the way to go for that just-baked texture. Either way, a reheated scone is perfect with a dollop of clotted cream or a smear of your favorite jam.
How to Freeze Scones
Did you know you can freeze the dough? Wrap it tight in plastic wrap, and then place in a freezer bag or add a layer of aluminum foil and you’re all set for future cravings.
There you have it, folks—everything you need to know for making tender apple cinnamon scones that are pure fall heaven. Whether you like ’em traditional or with a twist, these scones are sure to become one of your favorite things. Happy baking!
Warm scones are ideal for afternoon tea or as the perfect breakfast treat. A maple glaze or a drizzle of caramel sauce is always a hit.
Tips for making great scones
Making the perfect scone may seem like a daunting task, but with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be a scone-making pro in no time. From the choice of ingredients to the baking process, each step is crucial for achieving that dreamy, tender texture.
- Use Cold Butter: Incorporate small pieces of cold butter into the dry ingredients for a flaky texture.
- Be Gentle: Overmixing can result in tough scones. Mix until just combined.
- Use a Pastry Cutter: This tool makes it easier to integrate the butter into the flour mixture.
- Temperature Matters: Always use room temperature wet ingredients to ensure even mixing.
- Parchment Paper Or Silicone baking mat: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper for easy removal and clean-up.
- Measure Accurately: Use a kitchen scale for precise measurements or scoop and level your ingredients for better accuracy!
- Heavy Cream: This adds richness and helps with the rise, making your scone tender.
- Preheat the Oven: Always preheat your oven for consistent results and a good rise to your bakes goods.
- Check Doneness: Use a toothpick or sharp knife to check if they’re done. Look for a golden brown crust.
- Cooling Rack: Let the scones cool on a wire rack to prevent them from becoming soggy.
Follow these tips, and you’ll achieve the perfect scone every time. Happy baking!
Can you Make Scones Ahead?
Absolutely, making scones ahead of time is a great thing, especially if you’re planning for a busy morning or an afternoon tea gathering.
You can prepare the dough, shape it into scones, and then freeze them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once they’re solid, transfer them to an airtight container and store in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy your delicious treats, you can bake them straight from the freezer—just add a couple of extra minutes to the baking time.
Another option is to bake them fully, let them cool, and then store in an airtight container for the next day. Warm scones can be reheated in the oven to restore their tender texture.
When it comes to shaping scones, you’ve got options. The most traditional shape is the wedge, where the dough is formed into a circle and then cut into pie-like slices. But don’t let tradition hold you back! You can also roll out your dough and use cookie cutters to create individual rounds, squares, or even fun seasonal shapes.
Some prefer drop scones, which are less formal; just scoop some dough and drop it onto your baking sheet. No matter the shape, the result is the same: delicious scones ready to be slathered in butter, jam, or clotted cream. Ah, the joys of baking!
Variations on Easy Apple Cinnamon Scones
- Replace a little of the sugar with maple syrup.
- Sprinkle some chopped walnuts or pecans on top before you bake them for a crunchy twist.
- Hear me out: apple scones and a slice of sharp cheddar. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
- A maple glaze or a drizzle of caramel sauce is always a hit.
- For a lighter twist, try a Greek yogurt and powdered sugar mix for a glazed topping. Trust me, it’s next-level stuff.
Cream Scones vs Butter Scones
Cream scones and butter scones offer different textures and flavors, each with its own unique charm. Butter scones have a flakier texture, akin to a good biscuit. The butter contributes to layers in the dough, and these scones often have a crumbly mouthfeel. Butter scones can also be more flavorful as the butter itself can carry flavors well.
On the other hand, Cream scones tend to be more moist and rich, thanks to the high-fat content in cream. They often have a tender crumb and are perfect for those who enjoy a softer, more cake-like texture.
Your choice between the two often boils down to personal preference and the kind of texture you’re aiming for in your perfect scone.
As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a warm, delicious treat. Whether you’re a fan of cream scones, butter scones, or any other fall delight, the season is all about enjoying comfort foods that make you feel good. So, what’s your go-to fall treat? We’d love to hear about your favorites! Share them in the comments below, and let’s make this autumn a season to remember for all the right, scrumptious reasons.
Oh, before you go, if you’re cozying up with one of these apple scones and a hot cup of tea, why not add a good book to the mix? Head on over to Ink&Imaginings to check out our curated list of cozy fall reads for adults. Trust us, between the warm flavors of your scone and the captivating stories on our list, you’ll be in autumn heaven. Don’t miss out!