While writing the four books in my most recent series, Amish Vines and Orchards, I discovered several super easy and delicious apple recipes. The recipe below makes twelve scones that are best enjoyed within two days of baking them. My daughter-in-law Erin, with the help of my two-year-old granddaughter, Lucy, made the batch of Apple Oat Scones seen in the images.
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus some for rolling
- 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, plus some for topping
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 1/2 cups diced granny smith apple (about two apples)
- 2/3 cups cold buttermilk
- Raw turbinado sugar for sprinkling over scones. (White granulated sugar can be substituted. My daughter-in-law introduced me to raw sugar, and I’ve become a huge fan of it. Who knew table sugar had an aftertaste? I didn’t. Not until I began using raw sugar.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl with a whisk: Flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender, or by using your fingers until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Add the apples and buttermilk, stirring until the dough just comes together.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Pat dough into two circles, about two inches in thickness. Cut each circle into six wedges. (Twelve scones total) Using a spatula, gently lift scones onto baking sheets, leaving about two inches in between each one. Sprinkle the tops with oats and raw turbinado sugar.
Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until golden brown. After removing from the oven, let the scones cool on the sheets for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of fifteen works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish authors.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.
Purchase Cindy’s books here.
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