As you may have noticed, I’m a fan of the scone. I’m also a fan of apples, and pie, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet carby things to nibble with coffee, and warming up the house from the kitchen out. Enter the apple pie scone – an amalgamation of all of the above.
A slab scone is simply biscuit or scone dough – you could use whatever formula you like – for this recipe I’ve used this dough and this dough and both work just fine – and rather than roll or pat it an inch thick to cut, you roll it into a 10-inch square. In the past I’ve filled slab scones with jam and other preserves – there is potential to get creative here – but this time I tossed some apples with sugar and cinnamon, as you would if you were making pie, and loaded those in a strip down the middle instead.
Sliced apples will cook through as the scones bake, as long as you slice them thin – use any kind you have on your countertop, but I like the tart, flavourful varieties, like Jonagold, Ambrosia and Pink Ladies. Because W likes galas and we always seem to have a stash, that’s what went into these – but anything goes.
Slab scones, particularly the apple pie sort, fall into that category of easy but impressive-looking, the sort of thing to pull up when you have to bring something somewhere or are in charge of brunch but don’t have the gumption to make a batch of cinnamon buns. People will be equally happy with these, and you don’t have to wait for them to rise. I usually cut mine into 6, but you could easily get 8 out of a batch – and feel free to cut slices instead of wedges, or whatever wonky shape you come up with. Scones of all shapes and sizes are beautiful and eagerly eaten.
Next time I think I’ll make a quick maple syrup icing drizzle to splatter overtop. Or make aged cheddar biscuits to fold the apples up in, pie-style.
This is the final post in a month-long series to celebrate Apple Month and all the growers west of us producing beautiful apples in their Okanagan orchards. There are few local fresh fruits available at this time of year, but we still have BC apples! Look for the sticker to make sure they’re coming from next door. (Or wherever you are!)
*Thanks to BC Tree Fruits for asking me to help celebrate Apple Month!