Chai Apple Scones
They say an apple a day will keep the doctor away.
But I say a slice of this scone every day will keep my heart and soul happy. And that’s almost as good as keeping the doctor away.
When I collected a bag of apples from my parent’s backyard this month, I knew the first recipe I was going to make was these apple scones. Growing up, I remember coming home from school for lunch and smelling their aroma when I walked in the door. My mom often made them when she had the neighbourhood ladies over for coffee and I always kept my fingers crossed there was a slice left for me.
As I grew older, it was through these scones that my mom introduced me to cutting butter into flour to make pastry and to baking in general. I may have been a bit heavy-handed sprinkling the sugar and cinnamon over the top (The crispy bits were my favourite part) but now I know that easy does it.
I kept the healthy food swaps in this recipe minimal because it has such a sentimental value to me. A change of the type of sugar was all it needed. The all-purpose flour could easily be swapped for a gluten-free 1:1 baking mix or brown rice flour, and almond milk and a vegan butter alternative could replace the milk and butter. You could even add a bit of ground flax seed to give this recipe a nutritional boost!
Instead, I opted to add some warming spices to fit the season and turn this recipe from apple scones to chai apple scones. The ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg mesh perfectly with the apple. Served with a cup of hot tea, a slice of scone would make any chilly afternoon cozier.
Just like those warm fuzzy feelings I get making mom’s recipe nowadays.
Chai Apple Scones
- 2 cups flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ginger
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. cardamom
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ cup cold butter
- 1 apple (or 3 small apples from your backyard), shredded
- ½ cup milk
- Milk for brushing top
- Coconut sugar for sprinkling
- Cinnamon for sprinkling
1) Preheat oven to 425F
2) Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg into a bowl.
3) Cut or grate in butter. Mix with hands or pastry cutter until butter is evenly dispersed through flour.
4) Add apple and milk, and stir to form dough.
5) Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface.
6) Knead and pat into two 6-inch rounds.
7) Brush with milk and sprinkle with a coconut sugar/cinnamon mixture.
8) Bake for 15 minutes.