Thursday, October 20, 2011

Caramel Apple Scones {The Improv Cooking Challenge}

Caramel Apple Scones
I'm so happy to have been invited to participate in another cooking challenge! Sheryl from Lady Behind the Curtain has started The Improv Cooking Challenge.

For this challenge we are given two ingredients. This month it's caramel and apples. I found this recipe last year in a pamphlet I picked up at the grocery store. I had planned to make them, but never got around to it. When I got the invite I knew exactly what I was going to make.
Caramel Apple Scones
I was only able to get photos from the point where I cutting in the butter until it resembled crumbs. I have a naughty cat and I was fighting to keep him out of the kitchen and forgot to get my camera. Thankfully he can't jump from the floor to the counter anymore. We have a battle whenever I'm in the kitchen. He thinks he needs to be on the counter with me. That's one thing I will never get used to...ever! I have to line the counter with things so he can't jump from the table. It's not always pretty when he does, as sometimes he and whatever is on the counter both go sliding off.
Caramel Apple Scones
Here I've added the caramel and apples.
Caramel Apple Scones
Those additions make the dough so much easier to work with!
Caramel Apple Scones
Just spread some flour on your counter.
Caramel Apple Scones
Roll out the dough.
Caramel Apple Scones
I used a biscuit cutter for the first batch.
Caramel Apple Scones
The second time I rolled out the dough I cut them into wedges.
Caramel Apple Scones
The recipe says to bake 15 to 20 minutes.
Caramel Apple Scones
I baked them for 22 minutes. I wanted a little color but I didn't want them too brown.
Caramel Apple Scones
I've never made scones before and they turned out just as amazing as I imagined they would! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Sometimes when I've had a scone they seem to be hard and dry. These were flaky and delicious! The only change I made to this recipe was to use Silk Coconut Milk. I love cinnamon, so next time I'm going to add cinnamon and a few other spices such as nutmeg and cloves to the batter.

I think it depends on how you decide to cut them as to how many scones you'll end up with. I was able to get 17 circles and 8 wedges out of this batch.

The recipe says to frost them with the caramel. I didn't do that because storing them would be difficult. I'll frost them one at a time since I'm the only one that will be enjoying them. My husband won't even take a bite! I'm also going to freeze them because Lord knows I don't need to eat these all at once! It's too bad I wasn't into blogging and doing recipe challenges when I worked in the Twin Cities. I could have shared these with my co-workers and they would have loved them!

Be sure to stop by Lady Behind the Curtain and check out all of Sheryl's wonderful recipes. You can get there by clicking the link below.

The Improve Cooking Challenge


Caramel Apple Scones

1/2 cup Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip, divided
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
4 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 apples, peeled and finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles crumbs. Whisk together milk and eggs; add to crumb mixture and fold until most dry ingredients are incorporated. Add apples and 1/4 cup of the caramel dip and gently fold into mixture. Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Roll dough to 1/2" thickness and cut dough as desired. Place scones on prepared sheet and bake 15 to 20 minutes, depending upon size of scones. Cool slightly and ice the tops of scones with the remaining caramel dip. Serves 12.

Be sure to check out all the wonderful blogs below! It will be so fun to see all the different recipes with "Caramel and Apples"!

16 comments:

Ms Bibi said...

Patty, these look so yummy! I love scones, but I never made them myself either.Time to change that.

Bibi @ Frugal Wannabe Cooks

laurie said...

what a wonderful recipe!

Mary said...

These look really yummy, I have always wanted to make scones guess this next week I will try my hand at it. I married a Minnesotan and he moved me farther south to Florida! LOL He hates the cold for long periods of time He was a St Paul boy not a Minnie no place as he puts it. Can't wait to try this recipe out on my hubby. Thank you for sharing.

Gluten Free & Loving It said...

Those sound so good. I had a cat who came running every time the fridge door opened. I can so relate to feline "helpers."

Lizzy said...

Oh, I want to try these! I love freshly baked scones and these with apples AND caramel must taste amazing!

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

I LOVE your recipe!!! Thanks for participating in THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE! I can't wait to see what you make next month with Pumpkin and Cream Cheese!
---Sheryl---

Danielle said...

Oh I'm a huge scone fan. Some friends and I go to a local tea room once a month and they have a different flavored scone each month. That is always my favorite part of the meal!

Thanks for commenting on my cake too!

Kristen said...

Those are beautiful scones. It's so much fun to see all of these delicious apple and caramel creations!

Screaming Sardine said...

I love scones. What a unique recipe. I'm definitely going to try it!

Pinning on pinterest. :)

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

MrsFoxsSweets said...

My son has been wanting scones, these look so yummy! Thanks for stopping by and visiting Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples. I am a new follower of yours. Can't wait until next months challenge!

BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

Delicious! I've only made scones once. I'll have to try again with apples. This sounds amazing! Great idea to top them one at a time with the caramel. Thanks for sharing your recipe on this challenge!

Ellen Zames said...

These look fantastic!! I love scones and I love caramel so this is a winning combination!

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T's Daily Treasures said...

These sound good. In fact, I was drooling over all the caramel and apple recipes that were posted. Yummo! I recently shared a scone recipe with dried cranberries that I like to make ever so often. Fortunately, I do have co-workers who love getting homebaked goodies. Will definitely be giving your recipe a try very soon. Have a great day. Tammy

rebekahdawn said...

Oh yum! I just attempted scones for the first time last night (pumpkin) so now I'm on the search for more recipes to try. These look fantastic!

SusanoftheBox said...

These look yummy! Perfect to bring to work for the staff room.

Desi said...

I need to make scones, I never have! This looks like a great recipe to try for my first time... oh that caramel on top has me grinning ear to ear! :)

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