This creation was inspired by a lovely suggestion on the giveaway post by Ellie of Inside I'm Still Dancing. Great idea sister! She suggested a couple of recipes, but I ended up using a hybrid of this one and another one that has now mysteriously disappeared from Cooking Light. With alterations, of course. Really, recipes are just guidelines, right?
So, modifications included, here is MY scone recipe and a bazillion pictures.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 packet SunCrystals/Stevia
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp herbs de Provence
- 2 tablespoons BUTTER, chilled
- 3/4 cup buttermilk (see substitute below)
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 c. shredded reduced fat cheddar
- 1 medium apple, chopped
Spoon flour into measuring cups and mix with sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, salt and herbs de Provence.
Next, dice butter into smaller pieces and cut into the flour mixture using a fork, or your hands. I find that fingers work best for mixing most things. From hours of Food Network knowledge, I have learned that it is very important that the butter be CHILLED. Just ask Ina Garten. I have also learned that after cutting the butter in, the finished product should look like little pea-sized clumps. Comme ca:
Then combine your wet ingredients. Most recipes I saw called for buttermilk. But if you're like me, it's just not the type of dairy you have hanging around the house. I bet you could make an amazing swap with plain yogurt, but I was being cheap (ahem I mean frugal) and hoarding mine. If that's the case, it's super easy to create a sub using regular milk and a couple of drops of vinegar. Make sure to let it sit for about five minutes, and then it's ready to use.
The dough will be very sticky, but don't worry, it will work up as you knead it. Turn sticky dough onto a floured surface and knead about 4 times.
Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 18 minutes or until it starts to brown.
I can picture so many yummy variations on this recipe. If I hadn't had cheddar in the fridge, I would have used feta and combined that with walnuts and the apples. Miss Ellie also suggested roasted red pepper and Parmesan or spinach and feta as well. Fantastic!
What kind of scones would you make?
Have a great day everyone!