Apple and white cheddar scones

I love scones with clotted cream. With whipped butter. At afternoon tea in London. Heck, I even like the scones at my workplace cafeteria, but these scones took the cake.

For years I stuck to the same scone recipe I learned at Dish Cooking Studio,  one that included dried fruit and was served with mango whipped butter. And indeed it’s a great recipe but this one is much more my style. I’m not a fan of chunks of fruit or raisins in my baked goods but the baked apple in this recipe would be missed if you were to leave it out.

I whipped these up in no time at all and they were scrumptious. My only regret is not making them smaller so I had more than 6 scones to look forward to. Or maybe I should have doubled the recipe. It’s the perfect savoury-sweet combo, and not too dense like coffee-shop scones that sit like a rock in your stomach.

This recipe is from Bill Yosses’ fantastic book The Perfect Finish, it’s a must- have if you’re a baker, it elevates the simplest recipes to something spectacular.

You can find the recipe for these scones here. I suppose it’s a fitting blog post to confess that I’ve got another bun in the oven –  I’m expecting my second so my baking is much more sporadic these days as I’m conserving my energy for work, my toddler and keeping a household running. And unlike last time, I haven’t lost my taste for chocolate this time around! This time, my sweet tooth is reigning supreme.

With that said, let’s get back to the task at hand. I’ll admit I had a couple of substitutions based purely on  laziness but these scones are flexible enough you can mix up the ingredients to suit your taste. I happen to think this recipe is near-perfect, so experiment only if you are confident!

Substitutions: I only had one apple, but I wouldn’t have minded using the two. The recipe called for cutting each apple into sixteenths but I chopped my apple into half-inch chunks instead, purely out of preference for texture. Also, I didn’t have white cheddar so I used grated sharp yellow cheddar instead.

Would I make this again? This will be my go-to scone recipe from now, so yes.

Grade: Five stars out of five. And you know well enough I don’t give out five stars too easily.



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3 responses to “Apple and white cheddar scones”

  1. David Leite Avatar

    I’m delighted you enjoyed the scones. They’re one of our favorites at Leite’s Culinaria.

    And I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your linking off to our site and not posting the recipe on yours. That’s best practices–as well as classy–and all of us here thank you!

  2. Mary Avatar

    Oh that’s so kind of you David! I’m a big fan, so thrilled to have you comment on my post 🙂

  3. whatareweeatingtoday Avatar

    I LOVE fruit and cheese together! I’ll have to try these.