- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup finely chopped apples (peeled and cored)
For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon until well combined.
Step 3: Cut in the Butter
Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients.
Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. The butter should be evenly distributed.
Step 4: Incorporate Wet Ingredients
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Step 5: Add Chopped Apples
Gently fold in the finely chopped apples, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
Be careful not to overmix.
Step 6: Shape the Dough
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Pat it into a 1-inch thick circle.
Using a floured knife, cut the circle into 8 wedges.
Step 7: Prepare Cinnamon Sugar Topping
In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon for the topping.
Sprinkle this mixture over the top of each scone, ensuring an even coating.
Step 8: Bake
Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step 9: Cool and Serve
Allow the scones to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
For an extra touch, you can drizzle a simple glaze made with powdered sugar and a splash of milk over the cooled scones.
Enjoy the delightful aroma and flavors of these Apple Cinnamon Scones, a perfect combination of flaky goodness and the warmth of cinnamon-spiced apples.
Whether served with a cup of tea or enjoyed on their own, these scones are sure to become a comforting favorite in your home!