Apple and walnut scones

It was a day for using up nearly the last of the Howgate Wonder apples. I remembered making apple and walnut bread a couple of years ago – all on the blog here – and that it had been slightly unsatisfactory, my conclusion being that the recipe would be better adapted as scones. So scones it was – and gosh they were good. So revised recipe here:

Apple and Walnut Scones

  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 2 apples, chopped up small (or one Howgate Wonder)
  • 3 eggs
  • 75g butter
  • a little milk
  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and soda into a bowl
  2. Add the cheese, walnuts and apples
  3. Mix well
  4. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture, stirring well
  5. You will now have a dry lumpy dough. Add enough milk to moisten it a little and stir well
  6. Melt the butter and add, stirring well again
  7. Turn out onto a floured board and roll or shape with your hands until about 2cm thick
  8. Cut out scones with a cutter or a cup (makes about 10 large scones but you could vary the size and keep an eye on the cooking time)
  9. Place on a greased baking tray
  10. Bake at 180 degrees C (Gas 4) for about 15-20 minutes.

I can’t decide what would happen if I omitted the cheese and made them slightly more like sweet scones with a bit of sugar. May try that next time.

Meanwhile I had a quick tour round the garden to see what vegetables were growing for yesterday’s #SixonSaturday – I found: watercress in a pot (also some in the pond), broad beans looking quite healthy, a stalk of Brussels sprouts, a colourful rainbow chard, some more Cocarde lettuce and the purple sprouting broccoli, looking rather nibbled by the wood pigeons but I have some wire netting over it which should allow the florets to regrow

There are also lots of tiny signs of growth among the spring bulbs and the hammamelis is looking rather stunning:

Life and the weather are keeping me away from the allotment just now but at least the garden is ticking over.

P.S – I only noticed after posting this, when WordPress called it Apple and Walnut Scones 2, that I had another post with the same title – but a different recipe – you can find it here. I can’t say which is better but the one above at least doesn’t involve the infernal rubbing the fat into the flour, or grating the apples, both of which I always hate having to do – up to you which you prefer!

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