Delicious dried apple scones, with added cream cheese for flavour and moistness. Also, how to make the dried apples at home in your oven!
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 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).
The amount of milk you add to the scone batter will vary. You may not need it all or you may need to add another Tablespoon or so in order to create a moist, but not sticky dough.
Get the Recipe: Dried Apple Scones
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and levelled
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 oz cream cheese, cold (one standard brick)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold
- 3/4 cup diced dried apples, not apple chips though (home made or store-bought)
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more, if needed
- Sparkling or demerara sugar for garnish, optional
- Preheat your oven to 400° F. (regular bake setting/not fan assisted) and prepare an un-greased baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or a silpat.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender or a fork, cut in the cream cheese and butter, until the chunks of butter are the size of peas. Stir in the dried apples.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla and milk. Add these wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured piece of parchment paper and fold the dough over onto itself several times, until it holds together. Pat the dough into a 3/4″ thick square or circle.
- Cut the dough into desired size of squares, wedges, or diamonds.
- Brush the tops lightly with milk and sprinkle with sparkling white or demerara sugar. Place the scones about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the tops are light golden brown. Serve hot, with butter or jam.
Hi! I’m Jennifer, a home cook schooled by trial and error and almost 40 years of getting dinner on the table! I love to share my favourite recipes, both old and new, together with lots of tips and tricks to hopefully help make your home cooking enjoyable, stress free, rewarding and of course, delicious!