I’ve been interested in this recipe since I got Baking so I was happy that it was selected. There was no melting and cooling of butter involved (which I hate to do for some reason) and absolutely NO chilling time, rising time, or any kind of time waiting at all. Yay! Except for 20 minutes while they bake in the oven. I can deal with that.
The recipe calls for dried apples and it sounds like a lot of people had problems finding them where they live. My WalMart had their own store brand dried apples in a 4 oz bag for $1.29. But I didn’t see any other kinds available either in the produce section or in the dried fruits section. I thought it was strange that there were no name brand dried apples. Maybe the name brands are focusing all their attention on dried cranberries and cherries instead because there was NO shortage on them. Cranberries even come in different flavors now like Cherry or Orange.
Back to the scones… Very easy to make. Just mix everything in a bowl, shape dough into a rectangle and cut into squares. The dough was sticky but I had no problems getting it to do what i wanted. Taste wise, I thought the scones were ok, but I didn’t love them. It could be because I had just eaten dinner and was in the mood for something sweeter. They tasted fine though, had a good texture and weren’t too dry. If I made them again I think I would use a little extra sugar to make them more sweet. I would also probably up the apple cider a little and double the amount of dried apples since, to me, the apple taste kind of got lost.
Apple Cheddar Scones recipe can be found here and in Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking From My Home to Yours.