Published On: Tue, Jul 11th, 2017

Granny Smith’s Famous Apple Scones

These Apple Scones are a delicious tea time treat! Remember not to twist the cutter when you stamp out the scones, just press straight through the dough.

Makes 14

  • 450g (1lb) self-raising flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 110g (4oz) butter, chilled and diced
  • 150g (5¼oz) caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 4 South African Granny Smith apples
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • about 280ml (10fl oz) milk
  • clotted cream, to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Put a baking sheet into the oven to preheat – this helps to give your scones extra lift.
  2. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in 100g (3½oz) sugar.
  3. Peel and core the apples, chop half of them and stir into the scone mixture. Slice the remaining apples thinly and put them in a saucepan with the remaining 50g (1¾oz) sugar, a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon and 100ml (3½fl oz) water. Heat and simmer until tender, about
    10 minutes.
  4. Beat the egg in a measuring jug, then add milk to bring the liquid up to 300ml (10fl oz), mixing well. Add just enough to the rubbed-in mixture to make a soft (not sticky) dough – there will be some liquid left. Bring the dough together.
  5. Knead the dough lightly on a floured work surface for a few moments. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 10-15 minutes, though no longer, as you don’t want the dough to be icy cold and tricky to roll.
  6. Use a lightly-floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 3cm (1¼in) thick. Use a 5cm (2in) plain or fluted cutter to stamp out rounds. Gather any trimmings together, re-roll and cut out more scones.
  7. Arrange the scones quickly onto the preheated baking sheet. Brush the tops with the remaining egg and milk mixture. Immediately transfer to the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes towards the top of the oven, until well-risen and golden brown. Cool a little, then serve with the poached apples and clotted cream.
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