Spiced Apple Eggnog Scones. It's the holiday season, so treat yourself to a holiday scone for breakfast or even dessert! These luxurious scones feature chunks of apples, warm spices like allspice, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and the rich flavor of eggnog.
Song of the day: My Kind Of Present - Meghan Trainor
Scones and coffee is probably my favorite breakfast. Either at cafes or in the comfort of our house, I like them warm, with salted butter or slathered with jam, and gulped down with a hot cup of good coffee.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, pour the eggnog (or half and half cream), the vanilla extract, and add the egg. Whisk to combine.
- Cube the cold butter.
- Peel and core apples. Cut into chunks.
- Add the cubed butter to the flour mixture, then, using a pastry cutter or squeezing and pinching with your fingertips, work the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal and there is no butter lumps bigger than a pea.
- Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, and stir gently with a fork or a spatula to just combine.
- At this point, add the cubed apples.
- Using the fork or your hands, lightly press the dough into a rough mass. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured wood board or countertop, and knead it until it just comes together.
- Pat the dough into a rough circle about 1 inch thick. Cut the circle into 6-8 wedges.
- Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet and brush gently the top with half and half cream. Sprinkle with sugar and place in the oven.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
While the scones are baking, your house will smell like the holidays: the cozy aroma of the spices, mixed with the richness of the eggnog and the sweetness of the apples. Fragrances that are meant to bring a smile to your face in anticipation of the tasting. I like my scones warm, what about you? Just out of the oven, scones engage your sense of smell besides your taste.
Let's have a taste!
The first thing that comes in is that crispy surface which leads you like a hand clenching you to the wonderful crumbliness inside. However, those apple morsels are like unwrapping a present, with surprising flavors and texture. I like how the spice tickles the tastebuds making you laugh and smile. All in all, a wonderful breakfast or dessert to experience!
In the end, holidays involve slowing down, relaxing, enjoying family, and taking care of ourselves. For us, tranquility was sharing these delicious scones while sipping a warm spiced chai tea from the same Santa mug. Sometimes, you don't need much. Happiness lies in the little things.
Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!