Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fresh Apple Cinnamon Scones

I'm not quite ready for winter flavors to be over and the warm, cozy flavors are what I love the most.  Wanting to find a new scone recipe to try,  King Arthur Flour never fails to inspire.  I adapted this recipe for what I had and for my desire NOT to have to go to the grocery.  I used sour cream (light) in place of the applesauce and I cut back on the topping.  For the original recipe go here.

My Johnson Brothers Friendly Village is perfect for tea and scones.  How about some Bigelow Eggnogg'n tea?



  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • about 1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh apple, in 1/2" pieces (about half a medium apple); leave the skin on, if you like
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 2 tablespoons coarse white sparkling sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and spice. 
2) Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; it's OK for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated. 
3) Stir in the chopped apple and cinnamon chips.
4) In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and applesauce.
5) Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
6) Line a baking sheet with parchment; if you don't have parchment, just use it without greasing it. Sprinkle a bit of flour atop the parchment or pan. 
7) Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan, and divide it in half. Gently pat and round each half into a 5" to 5 1/2" circle about 3/4" thick.
8) To make the topping: Stir together the coarse sugar and cinnamon. Brush each circle with milk, and sprinkle with the topping.
9) Using a knife or bench knife that you've run under cold water, slice each circle into 6 wedges. 
10) Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them just a bit; there should be about 1/2" space between them, at their outer edges.
11) For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.
12) Bake the scones for 18 to 22 minutes, or until they're golden brown. When you pull one away from the others, it should look baked all the say through; the edge shouldn't look wet or unbaked. 
13) Remove the scones from the oven, and cool briefly on the pan. Serve warm. When they're completely cool, wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to several days. (I freeze the extras and thaw and reheat in my toaster oven.)
Yield: 12 scones.

I am sharing this with:

    Thank you for visiting me for tea today! xo


  1. Scones don't usually call my name but this one does. It has such good flavors in it. I know, I would love these and hubby too. Thanks for such a treat.

  2. Your scone looks great, Kitty! I adore scones, especially with tea. I like your Friendly Village; I have it too. Have a fantastic week!!!
    Blessings, Beth

  3. These sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wish I had some of these for my breakfast in the morning. They look delicious, Kitty.

  5. I've got to find some of that tea, I have been thinking about it since you 1st mentioned it. I love eggnog. Scones sound wonderful, too. xo

  6. I love scones Kitty, haven't made apple yet though. I've always been a big fan of J-Bro's china, Friendly Village is one of my favs-enjoy:@)

  7. I love anything with cinnamon, so these sound right up my alley. I bet they would be nice with hot apple cider on a cold day. I like how you lightened them up with sour cream. Have a great week Kitty!

  8. Hi Kitty I made these recently so I know they are wonderful. Love your dishes, my mother has a hugh collection of the Friendly Village dishes. So pretty. Andi

  9. Oh Kitty, this looks divine! I am definitely going to have to try this recipe :) Yum, yum, yummy!

    Have a great week, my friend!


  10. Kitty, the good thing about this cold weather is the nice warm cozy feeling inside. Of course a recipe for these scones is the perfect icing on the cake so to speak for the perfect day winter day! Looks delicious and I love your Friendly Village for serving it.
    Have a great week Kitty........

    The French Hutch

  11. I have to admit, I'm not too adventurous with my scones and make the same buttermilk with currants all the time. I really should step out of the box because I do like cinnamon and the scones you made this week look really delicious Kitty.

  12. Hi Kitty,
    I really enjoy a scone with my tea. Trouble is, I haven't been able to bake for a couple of weeks so I'm missing them. Yours looks delicious!
    I love making scones all different ways, plain and with fruit in them. I like to be adventurous. ;) I also like them round and triangular.
    Love your Friendly Village china and it's perfect on a day like today. I must have a cup of Eggnogg'n tea myself later. Thanks for joining me for tea and hope your hubby is healing up nicely.

    Blessings and hugs,


    I am not ready for winter to be over, either - yesterday it snowed. I LIKE winter - and don't feel the need for it to rush on by!

    This recipe looks great, and King Arthur Flour is my fav too - will definately try one of these days soon.

    I usually make cream scones so will have to try these - yours turned out perfect looking. Thanks, Kit!

  14. Oh these look so good - it is soooo hard to be gluten free! I too love the eggnoggin tea! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to see my lavender tea cookies!
    ps loving the look of your blog - the red, white, and black is so cute!

  15. What a yummy post! Everything looks so good and I love the Johnson Bros. china!

  16. This looks delicious! I found your link through Mix It Up Monday and I'm a new follower!


  17. Kitty - you have done it now! My favorite two things from a bakery are cinnamon scones and bear claws. I have not had breakfast this morning, so I am ready to dive right into that yummy looking scone on your page. I definitely will be trying your recipe. I would much rather have the sour cream, instead of apple sauce! Thanks!

  18. I'm going to love these these scones. I think I love anything with cinnamon. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  19. Beautiful tea set! Thanks for sharing your apple cinnamon scones recipe! Looks delicious.

  20. Hi Kitty,

    I found your Beautiful Blog trough Bernideen's Tea - and I love it! I've added you to my Blog Roll! Thanks for the Recipe for your Scones - I have a Blueberry Lemon Recipe on my Tea Post...and I love your Friendly Village set - I have Friendly Village on my post too! :) I'd love to try your Eggnoggin' Tea! Something else we have in common...Kitty/Kittie, it's my nickname too!

    Have a Blessed Day,
    Jan ♥

  21. I love your Friendly Village dishes and aren't they every wo perfect for cold winter!! Scones look great and thanks for the recipe!

  22. Oh Kitty, those scones looks so good! Love your Friendly Village set, I just started collecting the pattern a few months ago. For Christmas my sister gave me the teapot and my daughter-in-law teacups. Your tea today looks so cozy, wish I could join you! Happy tea day to you!

  23. I want to try your recipe. I actually just heard about cinnamon chips yesterday. My daughter said you could get them around Christmas. Do you find them all year round? I plan to look at my local stores soon and try these. Your dish pattern is perfect for tea and scones.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Kitty, you are quite the baker. How in the world do you stay so thin? I would love to have one of these with a cup of tea. xo Linda

  25. Oh wow, this looks soooooooooo good. Beautiful tablescape. Thanks for the recipe. Hugs, Marty

  26. Your blog is adorable, it's my first time to visit!! What a cozy have, and I love Johnson Brs. dishes! These scones look divine and would be perfect with a cup of fresh coffee. Yummy!

  27. Hi Kitty,
    Tea and fabulous scones, perfect for a winter afternoon, it looks so inviting. Hope you have a fabulous week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  28. Yum! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  29. I need to try this recipe too...I love scones..especially in the morning....Hugs


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