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.
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Peel and core apples. Cut into chunks.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, and salt.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour the wet ingredients 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 pale golden.
- Take out of the oven and let cool on a rack or enjoy warm.
- Optional, make an eggnog glaze (a mix of eggnog and icing sugar) and drizzle it on your scones.
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.