I also love apples. Usually eat two a day. And oatmeal? Every morning for breakfast! So, when I saw this recipe in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine, I knew it was meant for me!
Apple and Oat Scones with Cinnamon and Nutmeg
(from Martha Stewart Living Magazine, February 2012)
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 1/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, plus more for topping
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp light-brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups diced Granny Smith apple (2 apples cut into generous 1/4-inch cubes)
2/3 cup cold buttermilk, plus more for brushing
Raw turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until the largest pieces are the size of small peas. With your fingertips, flatten butter pieces into small disks. Add apples and buttermilk, stirring until dough just comes together. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat dough into a 6-by-8 inch rectangle, and cut into twelve 2-by-2inch squares with a floured knife.
Place about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with buttermilk, and sprinkle with raw turbinado sugar and oats.
Bake until golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool on sheets for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Wow. These scones were amazing! Super easy to make, too. I used fat-free buttermilk so they were even more healthful, and I was very pleased with the result. They were perfectly moist and tender. The flavor combination of cinnamon and nutmeg in a scone is heavenly!
My husband, who will readily admit to not really understanding the purpose of a scone, even liked them. He gave them two thumbs up! My son had one as soon as he got home from school and loved it. As for my daughter, well, she was distracted by a friendly black cat that seems to have adopted us. It was on our windowsill meowing incessantly, thus aborting any chance for my daughter to eat a reasonable snack (thereby ensuring crankiness and a general uncooperative spirit later in the day).
Anyways, I could go on and on about these scones….they were that good! I will, without a doubt, be making them again. Tomorrow, maybe?
Until next time,