Apple Cider Scones

Apple Cider Scones

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I love autumn and everything that goes with it, including the availability of fresh apple cider! My dad enjoys harvesting apples and pears to make fresh cider. It’s one of the things I look forward to every September. My husband likes it for his morning juice, and I use it in many of my baked recipes, such as these Apple Cider Scones, which not only have fresh cider, but also large chunks of apples. So yummy!

Fresh Apple Cider

With fresh apple cider, you get the fresh juice of apples, which I think, is much stronger than the cider you buy in the store. If you have a chance to buy fresh cider, please give it a try! I highly recommend it! See my Favorite Apple Cider Recipes Here. 

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Apple Cider Scones

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter
  • apples, sliced
  • heavy whipping cream
  • apple cider
  • large egg
  • turbinado sugar (for topping)
  • ground cinnamon

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Begin by gathering all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice Apple into Small Tidbits

Peel, core, and slice the apple into small tidbits.

Feel free to use your favorite baking apple in this recipe. I have used Gala and Honey Crisp, but Jonagold, Golden Delicious, or even Granny Smith would work well. 

Mixing Topping Ingredients

In a small bowl prepare the sugar topping by mixing together the turbinado sugar and ground cinnamon. If desired, you may substitute demerara or decorating sugar for the turbinado sugar.

What is the difference between Demerara and Turbinado Sugar? 

Both sugars are lightly processed and retain a dark golden brown color. Demerara sugar, however, has more of a molasses flavor than turbinado, which has more of a light caramel flavor. 

 

Prepare the Dough

In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Cut in Butter with Pastry Blending Fork

Cut in butter with a blending fork (or your hands) until the mixture becomes crumbly.

Adding Fresh Apple Cider to the Dough

Create a hole in the center of the mixture, and add the heavy whipping cream, apple cider, and large egg. Mix together with a fork until it forms a ball.

Preparing to Cut Out Scones

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and add the prepared apple tidbits. Fold the dough 4-5 times until the apples are dispersed. Pat it into a 9-inch circle. Using a knife or bench scraper, slice the dough into 8 triangles. Place each piece on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. You could also use a scone pan, if desired.

Sprinkle Sugar Topping on the Scones

Brush scones with heavy whipping cream and then sprinkle with the turbinado sugar mixture.

Apple Scones without Sugar Topping

If desired, you may also refrain from adding any sugar topping, and simply brush the scones with cream as in the picture above.

Baked Scones

Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

You may also place the scones in freezer bags and freeze for up to 3-5 weeks. Then simply refresh them by placing them in a 350 degree oven for 7-10 minutes to warm.

Serving Scones with Tea

Serve scones with your favorite tea or coffee. They are wonderful with a little honey butter or apple butter.

See more Scone Recipes Here. Browse Tea Party Ideas Here. 

Recipe for Apple Cider Scones

Apple Cider Scones

I love autumn and everything that goes with it, including the availability of fresh apple cider! My husband likes it for his morning juice, and I use it in many of my baked recipes, such as these Apple Cider Scones, which not only have fresh cider in them, but also large chunks of apples. So yummy! 
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Course: Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Apple Cider, Tea Parties, Turbinado Sugar
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Blending Fork
Silicone Baking Mat
Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup apple sliced into tidbits
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar for topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon for topping

Instructions

  • Begin by gathering all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Peel, core, and slice the apple into small tidbit pieces.
  • Prepare the topping by mixing together the turbinado sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.

Prepare the Dough

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cut in butter with a blending fork (or your hands) until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  • Create a hole in the center of the mixture, and add the heavy whipping cream, apple cider, and large egg. Mix together with a fork until it forms a ball.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and fold in the apple pieces. Knead 4-5 times until the apples are incorporated. Pat the dough into a 9-inch circle.
  • Using a knife or bench scraper, slice the dough into 8 triangles. Place each piece on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. You could also use a scone pan, if desired.
  • Brush scones with heavy whipping cream and then sprinkle with turbinado sugar mixture.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve scones with your favorite tea or coffee. They are wonderful with a little honey butter or apple butter. Makes 8 scones.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
**You may also place the scones in freezer bags and freeze for up to 3-5 weeks. Then simply refresh them by placing them in a 350 degree oven for 7-10 minutes to warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 497IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
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