These super simple spiced apple scones are autumn on a plate for me. filled with warming spices they are just crying out for a smoothing of butter and a plate by the fire…..
It feels like Autumn here, misty and a touch chilly with grey skies and drizzle.
I wanted to bake something cozy and comforting and since there is a huge pile of apples lurking in the kitchen I hit on the idea of apple scones with a bit of spice added for that comforting heat.
Apples – Use normal eating apples (definitely not cooking apples as they are way too sharp) to make these deliciously moist and flavourful apple scones.
Spices – yes these are spicy apple scones so you’ll cinnamon and ginger.
Flour – as Im using plain flour I have added baking powder to get a good rise on my spicy apple scones.
Yogurt – you can use yogurt or buttermilk in this scone recipe. I’ve used Greek yogurt.
Butter – I’ve used unsalted butter as I do in all my recipes
Egg and syrup – I used the ginger syrup from a jar of ginger in syrup. Or use golden syrup/corn syrup.
How to make spicy apple scones
Grate the apple including the skin. The skin of the apple is full of goodness and flavour so perfect for your apple scones and let’s face it saves the effort of peeling the damn things.
Whisk together the yogurt, egg and syrup till smooth.
In a big bowl rub the butter, flour and sugar together with your finger tips to get a lovely breadcrumb like mixture.
Now add the liquid and the grated apples.
Mix, don’t knead, just bring it all together as a dough then tip out on to a floured surface and cut out your scones.
You want your apple scone dough to be about 1″ thick to get a nice tall scone. Cut out with cookie cutters and DO NOT twist the cutter as you lift it. If you twist the cutter you will get uneven scones.
Bake for up to 15 minutes till golden.
What to serve with these spiced apple scones
I like to serve mine just with butter. While they are still warm from the Aga, bliss.
They are also good with cheese. Don’t you think apple and cheese is a great combo, I love it.
How long will these scones keep?
Scones are not long lasting bakes. They are great on the day they are made (especially when warm) and fine for up to 3 days in a sealed tin. Warm your apple scones up to serve
Can you freeze these scones?
Yes, they freeze very well. Just pop them in a freezer proof bag and they will be fine lurking in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Defrost thoroughly and warm the apple scones in the oven before serving.
My Scottish Baking Book
I love scones and made so many when I was writing my Scottish cookbook Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes. In there you’ll find all sorts of gorgeous scones from sweet to savoury. Including all the usual suspects listed below that I have covered on my blog plus tea scones, fruit scones and more.
I really feel these spiced apple scones are the taste of autumn for me. Apples are in abundance, spices are warming and scones just perfect at any time.
Make these comforting cakes to have with a cup of tea by the fire.
Looking for more super easy scone recipes? Then check these out before you go;
tattie scones (aka potato scones)
Drop scones (aka Scotch pancakes)
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Spiced Apple Scones
- 1 large egg
- 125 ml Greek yogurt or buttermilk
- 2 tbsp ginger syrup or golden syrup/corn syrup
- 450 g plain flour all purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 100 g butter chopped
- 300 g apples eating apples
- Preheat oven to 220C425F/Gas 7 and line a large baking sheet
- Whisk the egg along with the yogurt and syrup in a jug and set aside.
- Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl.
- Add the chopped butter and rub in to form a bread crumb like mixture.
- Grate the apples (including the skin) and disscard cores. Add apple to the mixture and stir in. Now add a little of the eggy mix and make a dough. You won’t need all of the liquid here.
- Pat out the dough on to a floured surface about 2.5cm/1″ thick and use a cookie cutter to cut out rounds. You should get about 16 from this mixture.
- Place on oven tray and brush the tops with the left over eggy mix and then scatter over some Demerara sugar.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden and a little skewar comes out cleanly.
- Let cool on a wire rack and then enjoy with butter, jam and a cuppa!
Chris Hvostal says
I love a good scone and this recipe is making me want to go home and bake these right now. Also, thank you for the straight forward and well written post. It’s refreshing to read. Great pics too.
Karon Grieve says
Thanks Chris, really appreciate the feedback. Hope you make and enjoy the scones.
Katy @ Katy's Kitchen says
Delicious. I’m definitely getting into apples more as the temperatures start to get a little cooler. I like how you used Greek yogurt in these scones, they’re definitely on the healthier side so right up my alley!
hope you enjoy the scones Katy.
Hello. I am a novice baker and have a few questions. Please tell me:
1. How finely should the apples be grated? My old metal hand-held grater has 4 sides going from a little chunky to very fine.
2. How large in diameter should the cookie cutter be?
3. Is parchment paper what is used to line the baking sheet?
4. How warm or cold should the butter be before chopping?
Thanks very much! I hope to make these very soon.
Karon Grieve says
You can use any size cookie cutter you like here, lining a baking tray just means using a sheet of baking parchment on it . A basic grater is all I used, not a micro plane just a normal sized grater. Butter was cold.
Hope this helps