Does September really signal autumn? September is one of Michigan's nicest weather months and I am going to enjoy every minute of it! We had a rude awakening on Sunday to wake up to temperatures in the low 60's and overcast skies..."ugh, I'm not ready"!
I know I'm whining.
It's not attractive.
I can't stop because it's so miserable outside!
So I decided to bake something apple-y to embrace the nasty day (and make myself feel better about getting nearly nothing accomplished!) and FEEL autumn. I made these scones from the Midwest Living magazine.
APPLE SCONES (Midwest Living October 2011)
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon apple pie spice (I used English "Mixed Spice")
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cold
1 cup finely chopped tart apple (I used Paula Reds)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup whipping cream
15 slices of unpeeled apples
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 tablespoon whipping cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles crumbs. Mix together eggs and whipping cream and add all at once. Stir mixture using a fork, just until blended. Be cautious not to over mix as this will make scones tough. Scoop dough into 9 rounds or wedges and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Brush each top with a bit of whipping cream, a sprinkle of raw sugar and a slice of apple. Bake 15-17 minutes until golden brown.
These are not scones in my book, they are mini cakes with baking powder, but they are pretty tasty.
I made these recently for Juli and family while they visited and included some fresh butter whipped with an incredible Cinnamon Cider Syrup (1/4 cup butter, 1 T cider syrup) and a small pot of homemade apple cider jelly. Apple extravaganza!!! I will post about the apple cider jelly soon!