Dried Apple and Cream Cheese Scones (and How to Make Dried Apples at Home)

Dried Apple and Cream Cheese Scones

If you’ve never tried scones with cream cheese, you don’t know what you’re missing. They are incredibly moist and full of flavour. Since it’s Fall, I wanted to add a little apple, but I was worried the extra from the apples might affect the texture of the scone. Dried apples seemed like the answer, so I made a small batch at home.

How to Make Dried Apples at Home in Your Oven

This method will make de-hydrated, but soft dried apples, that you can use for baking, mixing into granola, yogurt or oatmeal or snacking. Try dipping them in caramel or peanut butter.

• Preheat your oven to 175° F. (or as low as your oven will go if it doesn’t go down to 175)
• Place a baking rack on top of a baking sheet and set aside.
• In a large bowl, combine the juice of one lemon with an equal amount of water (I just eye-balled it).
• Peel and core 4 or 5 apples. Any variety of apple is fine. Slice into slices.
• Put the apple slices into the bowl with the lemon juice and toss to thoroughly coat the apples.
• Remove apples to a sheet a paper towel and pat the top of the apples dry, as well.
• Transfer the apples to your prepared baking rack.
• Place in the oven and allow to bake for 5 to 6 hours.

(*Every once in a while I would open the oven door for a few seconds to allow any moisture building up in the oven to escape. Not sure it’s really necessary, but if you’re walking by anyway, it can’t hurt).

Dried Apple and Cream Cheese Scones

12 Comments

  • Reply October 15, 2012

    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    Thank you for the tutorial on how to make dried apples at home! That will be handy! Great photos, too.

    • Reply October 15, 2012

      Jennifer

      You’re welcome, Julia. They are so easy to make in the oven!

  • Reply October 16, 2012

    Yelle

    I adore apple crisps! Makes me wish they were in my oven right now! And cream cheese scones, you can’t go wrong.

    • Reply October 16, 2012

      Jennifer

      The cream cheese in these scones is so good. It really gives great flavour and moisture to them, with little hits of sweet apple here and there. They were lovely!

  • Reply October 16, 2012

    Jan @ Family Bites

    Wow! I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I can’t wait to peruse your archives, but for now I just wanted to say a quick hi!

    • Reply October 16, 2012

      Jennifer

      Hi back at you, Jan. I’m glad you found me and I hope you find lots of goodies (you’ll notice I have a bit of a sweet tooth, I think ;)

  • Reply October 31, 2012

    Angie@Echoes of Laughter

    I love this post! Those scones look so good Jennifer. I am the ‘pinmistress’ for She Blogs and I just pinned this fab recipe to the Women of Philly Board for She Blogs and the baking board. Love your blog! Happy Halloween! Angie xo

    • Reply October 31, 2012

      Jennifer

      Hi Angie and thanks so much. These scones were delicious and the cream cheese in them was a lovely addition!

  • Reply November 4, 2012

    Kelly

    This post sounds so yummy!
    Question Jennifer, how do you recommend storing the dried apples? How long will they keep?

    • Reply November 4, 2012

      Jennifer

      Hi Kelly, After I remove the apples from the oven, I let them sit at room temperature for at least 6 hours and then I store in a jar. I watch the jar on the counter for a couple of days to see if any condensation builds up (it usually doesn’t). As long as there is no moisture in there, they should be good in the jar in a cool, dark place for several months. If there is condensation, I store in the fridge and use them up right away. I believe you can also freeze them in a ziploc bag. (I think I would freeze them on a baking sheet first, then transfer to a ziploc bag). Hope that helps.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Needful Things

    Thank you so much for sharing your tips on how to dry apples in the oven. I’m so happy to finally find a recipe that doesn’t require a dehydrator. Do you have tips for drying other fruits in the oven as well?

    • Reply December 31, 2012

      Jennifer M

      In theory, this method should work for other fruit as well. Low, slow heat for long enough to remove the water in the fruit is all that’s really needed.

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