When apples are ripe for the picking, it’s a perfect time to make these tender and buttery scones. Topped with a drizzle of maple cinnamon glaze, they make a delectable breakfast or snack.
For the scones:
- 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
- ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
- 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
- ½ cup (125 mL) brown sugar
- ½ cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, very cold and cubed
- ½ cup (125 mL) buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
For the maple cinnamon glaze:
- ¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup (45 mL) maple syrup
- ½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar
For the scones:
- Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and brown sugar.
- Add the cubed butter to the dry ingredients. Incorporate it into the mixture by using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly.
- Use your hands to make sure there are no large pieces of butter remaining (there may still be some small, pea-sized pieces).
- In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Add the wet ingredients, using a spatula to fold everything together.
- Add the cubed apple pieces and gently mix until incorporated.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead, being careful not to overwork the dough.
- Using your hands, shape the dough into a round, one-inch thick disc. With a sharp knife, cut evenly into eight wedges. If you prefer smaller scones, you can divide the dough in half, making two rounds approximately ¾ of an inch thick and cut into six wedges.
- Transfer the wedges to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms and tops are slightly browned.
- Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before glazing.
For the glaze:
- Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small pot on the stove.
- Pour the butter into a medium size bowl. Stir in the maple syrup and ground cinnamon.
- Add the icing sugar and mix until smooth. The glaze can be drizzled over the cooled scones using a spoon or a piping bag.