Over Thanksgiving, my Irish aunt, Anna B, visited my family and taught a baking class at Fresh and Fancy Farms in New Milford, New Jersey. While I have been spoiled by her baked goods for years, I was looking forward to learning the recipes, so I could make them at home. I learned many of my old favorites, and a new one, a recipe for apple cinnamon scones.
Scones are one of my weaknesses, but the addition of apple and cinnamon in these ones put my infatuation over the top. Whether they are for breakfast or a snack with afternoon tea, this is the perfect recipe for a delicious treat, right out of an Irish kitchen.
My love for Ireland runs deep, as I have a strong family connection to the country. For me, it feels more like home than anywhere else in the world. These scones are perfect for making you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Emerald Isle.
Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Scones
With pieces of apple and the flavor of cinnamon, these scones were different than any scones I have ever had. Fresh out of the oven and smothered in Irish butter, they are the perfect treat to warm up any morning or afternoon.
16 oz. all purpose flour
1 teasp. baking soda
1/2 teas. salt
2 oz. butter
2 oz. fine sugar
Drop of vegetable oil
9 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teasp. cinnamon
1 apple peeled and finely chopped
1. Sift flour, soda & salt
2. Rub in butter until the consistency is like that of breadcrumbs
3. Add sugar, cinnamon & chopped apple
4. Lightly beat eggs and add in oil and buttermilk
5. Add to dry ingredients and mix to a soft dough
6. Turn out on to a lightly floured board and knead lightly
7. Flatten to 1 1/2 inches and cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter or floored glass
8. Bake at 360 for 25-30 minutes till golden.
Enjoy with a cup of tea, hot whiskey, or Irish coffee!
If you find yourself in Northern Ireland and are looking for the best scones, check out this post by my friend Amber of With Husband in Tow.