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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Apple Scones

Perfect light, fluffy apple - cranberry scones made with yogurt, for only 320 calories.  
Adapted from Baking by James Peterson

Taste 5 (out of 5)

Difficulty 1 (out of 5) 

- 3 cups all purpose flour (1365 cal)
- 1/2 cup sugar (390 cal)
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 50 g cold, thinly sliced butter (360 cal)
- 1 cup non-fat yogurt (140 cal)
- 1/2 cups low fat milk + up to 1/4 cup if needed (90 cal)
- 1/2 cup chopped Granny Smith apple (25 cal)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, then drained  (200 cal)
Total 2570 cal, 8 scones, 320 cal/scone
1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Arrange the butter on top, so the slices don’t overlap and cut through the mixture with a pastry cutter until the butter is about the size of peas. Add 1/2 cup of milk and the yogurt and stir until all the liquids are absorbed. If you still have loose flour, add more milk. 
3. Sprinkle the cranberries and the apple on top and stir the dough for about 1 minutes until the fruit is evenly incorporated. Don’t overwork the dough. 
4. Dump the dough on a work surface, form a circle of about 9 inches in diameter and with a wet (to prevent sticking) dough cutter, cut the dough into 8 wedges. 
5. Place the scones on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a scone comes out dry. The scones should be pale brown. 
- The original recipe called for 1 cup of butter, 1 1/4 cups of milk or cream and no yogurt at all. Recently I simply dread putting so much butter into one dish. So I use non-fat yogurt “instead”, it saves almost 1500 calories per cup, but often the end result is too soggy, especial in cookies. In this case, however, the substitution worked: the scones are light, fluffy and they even taste like scones :-).
- I also liked the Granny Smith apples. I was searching for scone recipes with fresh apples and could not find any, but I decided to try anyway. I don’t understand why no one is making them - it gives a really nice taste and texture. 


redkathy said...

The scones are beautiful, difficulty level well, just perfect for me! never prepared scones, something I need to fix very soon!

SashaInTheKitchen said...

apple scones look like a delicious treat!

Katie said...

I've never made scones before...but it looks like I may have to give them a shot! :) These look great.

Polly Motzko said...

Hello there Cooking Rooky!
I noticed that you have checked out most everything new that I put up, which makes me happy to know I am building some dedicated viewers anyhow.

I left a comment on your page as well asking what your name is and what part of the world you are in.

I really love this scone recipe and now I wish I had bought that big thing of plain yogurt at the store tonight! I have some Yoplait strawberry 98% fat free though...I could probably make it with that and come out with some strawberry ones. What do you think?

I really love the look of your simple website/blog. It has a really nice look to it. :-)

I would love to talk to you on the Yahoo IM some time if you would like and share cooking tips and writing tips and what not.

I have some dried cherries, cranberies and blueberry mix in there I got from Trader Joe's.

I'll keep you posted on what I end up making and I will think of you.

I would love to know your name though. ;-)

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Otherwise known as simply "Polly" in the culinary world.

NOTE: I did have a blog until I became an Amazon Affiliate. It completely destroyed it-almost.
I took the html coding off of it but the page, as it was is no more.

I will let you know when I unveil the new one, which I think will be better than the other one.

God bless and keep cranking out the yummy stuff I see here!

Polly Motzko

Lauren @CoffeeMuffins said...

Thanks for this recipe. I love scones, so perfect to eat with a cup of coffee.

I also have a need for recipes that use normal eating apples - as so often I buy them and no one eats them! It's always good to have a whole bunch of ideas to use them up.


Beatrice said...

I love scones, but always feel guilty about the fat. This sounds like an interesting way around that issue. They look really good, too!

Sook said...

Ooh I love scones. I haven't tried apple scones before but they sound really yummy!

Liren said...

I'm a big scone fan too. Love the use of yogurt!!

sweetlife said...

scones with yummy!! great the contrast of the apple


Patty said...

Those scones looks lovely, I can't wait to try out the recipe (especially since it's rated 'easy') Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

now you made me end up with scones on the brain. Immahaffa try these, but I have no apples..., mangoes? Hmmm, I'll report back

Ann said...

These scones are wonderful. I added cinnamon to the dough as many of you have. Instead of apples I used peaches and it turned out just delicious. I will definitely make these again.