My sister came to visit last weekend from Minneapolis (key player in gathering of the 32.8 pounds of apples). Just before she boarded her plane, she texted my husband and me that she was bringing a special surprise.
Of course, we should have responded that her visit was special enough and yada yada. Which of course we didn’t do. Almost in unison, Husband and I texted back: “Jucy Lucys!?!?”
These are the kind of people we are. We assume that bringing a burger stuffed with hot, melty cheese across state lines is perfectly normal. My sister kindly noted that these probably wouldn’t be delicious by the time she arrived, but promised she was bringing something equally tasty.
Holy (bag of) cheese curds. My sister knows me all too well. We adapted a Smitten Kitchen recipe and made a (small) dent in our 32.8 pounds of apples.
- 3-4 tart apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks/slices
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar plus a bit for sprinkling
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- bag of Minnesota cheese curds…or about a cup of grated cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 large eggs
**NOTE: We doubled the recipe (single recipe listed here)…which I don’t really recommend, unless you have a standing-bowl mixer or a very, very large food processor. It made the dough sort of hard to manage.
- Position a rack at the center of oven and preheat oven to 375 °F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Placed peeled and chunked apples in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them until they take on a little color and feel dry to the touch, about 20 minutes. . Let them cool completely but leave oven on.
- Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together and set aside. Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, along with cooled apple chunks, cheese, cream and one egg. Sprinkle flour mixture over the top and mix on low speed until the dough just comes together. Do not overmix (you may need to get handsy here, as we did. This dough can be sort of gloppy and wet.)
- Generously flour your counter top and place the scone dough on top of it, sprinkle with more flour. Use a rolling pin (you may want to actually cover the dough with saran wrap, to minimize stickiness) to roll the dough out. Use a glass or circular cookie cutter to cut the dough into cookie-like scones.
- Transfer cookie/scones to a baking sheet ined with parchment paper. Leave at least 2 inches between each scone.
- Make your egg wash: beat remaining egg in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Brush the scones with egg wash and sprinkle them with remaining tablespoon of sugar.
- Bake scones at 375 for about 30 minutes. Devour.
These scones/cookies/whatever they are…they’re amazing. Amazing. The dough, which seems so unpromising, turns into the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and just…carby goodness. Good thing they’re so deliciously addictive: they get less flaky as the days wear on, so feel free to eat them all up, and quickly (we stored about six, unbaked, in the freezer. SERIOUSLY looking forward to them.)