These scones are filled with the flavors of tart apple, cheddar cheese, and fresh rosemary! It’s a tart and savory combination perfect for a fall day.

Apple Cheddar Scones on plates

Overview

Apples, cinnamon, sharp cheddar, and fresh rosemary come together in this amazingly warm and cozy flavor profile. And I put that into scones! They are light, fluffy, and tender scones. They are a new take on fall flavors and you won’t want to miss it!

Do you put Cheddar Cheese on Apple Pie?

Are you that someone who puts a slice of cheddar cheese on their warm apple pie? I’ve never been that person or even tried it but after making these scones, I will definitely give it a try!

The tradition of topping apple pie with cheddar can be traced back to England in the 17th and 18th centuries. It has since come over to become the norm in the Northeast states. It never quite made its way to Kansas (where I’m from) but I’m so intrigued by this flavor combination. This concept has become my inspiration for my Apple Cheddar Scones!

Apple Cheddar Scones on plates
Yield: 8 Large Scones

Apple Cheddar Scones with Fresh Rosemary

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

These scones are filled with the flavors of tart apple, cheddar cheese, and fresh rosemary! It's a tart and savory combination perfect for a fall day.

Ingredients

  • 240 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 100 grams (½ cup) granulated sugar
  • 10 grams (1 tablespoon) baking powder
  • 2 grams (½ teaspoon) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 113 grams (½ cup, 1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 113 grams, (1 cup) shredded tart apple, like Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Braeburn
  • 100 grams (1 cup) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 117 grams (½ cup, 120 ml) heavy cream, cold
  • 1 large egg, cold
  • a few tablespoons of additional heavy cream for brushing the tops
  • a few tablespoons of additional shredded cheddar cheese for sprinkling on top

Instructions

Prep:

  1. Position an oven rack to the center position. Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Make sure you give the oven ample time to preheat as the scones will spread too much if it isn’t hot enough. 
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 
  3. Cut up the butter (113 grams, ½ cup) into small pieces and put it back in the refrigerator to stay cold.
  4. Shred the apple using a box grater or food processor and measure out 1 cup. You can keep the skin on.
  5. Shred the cheddar cheese using a box grater or food processor and measure out 1 cup.
  6. Finely chop the fresh rosemary using a knife and measure out 1 tablespoon.
  7. Measure out the rest of your ingredients.  

To Make the Scones:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour (240 grams, 2 cups), sugar (100 grams, ½ cup), baking powder (10 grams, 1 tablespoon), salt (2 grams, ½ teaspoon), cinnamon (½ teaspoon), and chopped rosemary.
  2. Add the pieces of cold butter to the mixing bowl and cut it into the flour mixture. To do this, press down on the fat with the wires of the pastry blender or the tines of a fork as you move it around the bowl. Continue cutting the fat into the flour until most of the pieces of fat are about the size of peas with some pieces being about the size of a walnut half.
  3. Toss in the shredded apple and shredded cheddar cheese and mix throughout the flour/butter mixture.
  4. Lightly whisk together the heavy cream (117 grams, ½ cup) and the egg (1 large).
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a silicone spatula just until the liquid is absorbed. This should only take a few turns. The dough will look incohesive but it will come together on the counter. 
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured countertop and flour the top of the dough. The dough is typically very crumbly at this point, this is normal. Use a bit of pressure to press the dough together into one mass.
  7. Press the dough out to about a 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick rectangle.  
  8. Using a bench knife (or a metal spatula can be helpful if you do not have a bench knife), fold the dough in half and then turn it 90 degrees. Pat out and fold again for a total of 6 times. The dough will likely crumble during the first few turns. Be very gentle and keep patting it back together. This process is creating layers which will create flaky scones. Dust more flour on top of the dough as needed to make it manageable. 
  9. Pat the dough out to about a 7-inch (18 cm) circle (about 1.5-inch, 4 cm thick). Cut into 8 triangle-shaped pieces. I like to use a bench knife for this, but a sharp knife also works. Transfer the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Brush lightly with heavy cream and sprinkle liberally with shredded cheddar cheese.
  10. As an optional step, place the sheet pan in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking. This will ensure that your scones will not spread too much and will allow your oven to fully pre-heat. 
  11. Bake at 425°F/220°C for 14-18 minutes until golden brown and firm when gently pressed on. 
  12. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  13. Store leftovers completely cooled at room temperature wrapped in foil or plastic wrap for up to 2 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the scones raw and bake straight from frozen at 425°F/220°C for 18-22 minutes, until baked through. 

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