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Spiced Apple Eggnog Scones

Nicoletta December 27, 2020

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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

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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. 

 

 

  The preparation

  • 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.

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  • 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.

What fragrance!

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!

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Holiday tranquility

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!

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Spiced Apple Eggnog Scones

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 scones 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, brunch
  • Method: Baking

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 6 Tbsp (85 g) cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup eggnog (or heavy cream, or half & half cream)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Peel and core apples. Cut into chunks.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, and salt.
  4. 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 are no butter lumps bigger than a pea.
  5. In a small bowl or measuring cup, pour the eggnog (or half and half cream), the vanilla extract, and add the egg. Beat with a whisk or a fork to mix well.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, and stir gently with a fork or a spatula to just combine.
  7. At this point, add the cubed apples.
  8. Using the fork or your hands, lightly press the dough into a rough mass.
  9. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured wood board or countertop, and knead it until it just comes together.
  10. Pat the dough into a rough circle about 1 inch thick.
  11. Cut the circle into 6-8 wedges.
  12. 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.
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until pale golden.
  14. Take out of the oven and let cool on a rack or enjoy warm.
  15. Optional, make an eggnog glaze (a mix of eggnog and icing sugar) and drizzle it on your scones.

Notes

Instead of patting down the dough to a round disc and cutting slices, you could simply make drop scones.

After they are baked, you could drizzle an eggnog glaze, made by mixing eggnog and icing sugar to the thickness you like.

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22 Comments

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    Reply Gloria December 28, 2020 at 8:39 am

    OMG I have some eggnog I need to use. THIS is the perfect place for it. Scones are so delicious…and perfect for breakfast, snack and dessert too. Great for New Year’s Day brunch.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 28, 2020 at 10:11 am

      Yes, scones are so delicious! We make them often and this eggnog version is just perfect for the holidays. Thank you!

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    Reply Tracy December 28, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Whoa. This recipe is amazing… our family LOVES it. Thank you!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:49 am

      You’re welcome! So glad you liked it! They are indeed awesome.

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    Reply Kathryn Donangelo December 29, 2020 at 9:18 am

    These scones are so tasty and delicious during the holidays! I loved the combination of apples and eggnog. Excellent recipe!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:50 am

      Thanks for trying them! Yes, they are a luxurious treat

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    Reply Beth December 30, 2020 at 6:26 am

    What perfectly browned scones – the apple and eggnog flavors are perfect together and how fun to even use the eggnog in the glaze.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:50 am

      Thanks! Yes, to kick it up a notch, an eggnog glaze would be perfect!

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    Reply Addison January 2, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    These scones have the best flavors and textures! I absolutely love egg nog!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:51 am

      Thanks! We think so too! 😉

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    Reply Lauren Vavala January 2, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    What a unique, delicious sounding recipe! These scones look absolutely amazing!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:51 am

      Thank you! All the flavors work very well together!

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    Reply Amanda January 3, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    We really loved these! We made them over the holidays, and they were really simple to prepare and so full of festive flavors. I don’t think I can wait until next holiday season to make them again — so good!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Thanks so much! Pretty easy to make, they deliver amazing flavors.

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    Reply Melanie C January 3, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    I’m a big scone fan (I’m a Brit)… so love seeing new recipe ideas. These scones look absolutely delicious, thanks for the recipe!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:53 am

      Oh, thank you! We really enjoyed them 🙂

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    Reply Moop Brown January 3, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Yum, what a unique and tasty-looking recipe perfect for the Holiday season. I’ll definitely be trying this one for next year!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:53 am

      Thanks! Hope you do! They are very festive and delicious.

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    Reply Jo January 3, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Scones with eggnog and spiced apples is ultimate winter treat. It looks so amazing. The flavors are perfect.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:54 am

      Thank you very much! They combine a winter fruit and holiday flavors. We loved them!

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    Reply Neha January 4, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Wow I have to admit that I never thought of replacing heavy cream with eggnog while baking Scones and I bake a lot! Lol I need to try these since they sound so so good!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta January 4, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Scones are amazing, I bake a lot of them, too! Yes, it’s nice for a change, I also made them with ricotta!

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