Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TwD: Apple Cheddar Scones

It's been a few weeks since my last Tuesdays with Dorie entry... June was a bit of a busy and stressful month. Not even knowing what this week would hold, I promised myself and my fellow TwDers that I would participate (well, I whispered, so if you guys didn't hear me, that's why!) I couldn't have been more pleased that Karina chose these scones. Don't get me wrong, I love pies and brownies as much as the next baker, but I have a lot of love for everything breakfast food related - and these scones strike a nice balance between sweet and savory... just can't be beat.

These scones are close to drop biscuits, but denser. The dried apple provided a nice, thoughtful chewiness that I found really appealing. Now, I don't normally like cheddar - but it worked really well in the scones. It wasn't the least bit over-powering - and I didn't even notice it in each bite - in fact, I rather liked it. Shocking, I know. The dough was wicked sticky - so be prepared. I didn't want to go with the traditional triangle, so I tried to use a biscuit cutter... it mostly worked (not that you can tell), but it made for a sticky fun experience.

As an added crunch, I substituted polenta for the cornmeal (as I found I didn't have any). The polenta-crunch was certainly different, but enjoyable. I sometimes find store-bought scones to be a little uninspired and boring, and these were neither of those things.

Please see Karina's blog, The Floured Apron, for the recipe, and head on over to Tuesdays with Dorie to see other marvelous ways to make a scone!

18 comments:

April said...

Sweet and savory is delicious, your scones look really nice!

rainbowbrown said...

Interesting sub in with the polenta. Looks great!

Susie Homemaker said...

Welcome back! Your scones look perfect - like you never even left!

Mara said...

i completely forgot the cornmeal, not sure what it was for exactly but i think they came out okay. love the crumbly flakey scone photos!

Engineer Baker said...

Welcome back! I used polenta too - definitely a different texture, but one I really enjoyed.

Pamela said...

I hope July is a little less stressful for you. Your scones look wonderful.

Christine said...

Your scones look delicious! Welcome back!

Rebecca said...

I never would have thought of polenta. Good job!

Claire said...

These look good...a nice combo between sweet and savory.

Prudy said...

Scones look just perfect-the polenta swap is intriguing.

Rebecca said...

Looks delicious!

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

Your scones look fabulous. Welcome back!

Lynnylu said...

I almost used polenta also. Your scones look great!.

Shari said...

I loved the crunch of the cornmeal in this scone! Your scones look great!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I seriously love the combination of cheddar and apples!

Jules Someone said...

Your scones look lovely. Glad to know the polenta works. as well.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Your scones look delish, glad you made them and shared! I think I'll try polenta next time for that extra crunch!

Dolores said...

It was a wicked sticky dough/batter indeed. Great job!