I've always been intrigued by ingredients that seemingly wouldn't work together, but really do. Blue cheese with a sweet jam on some nice sourdough, peanut butter and bologna sandwich (don't ask!), that sort of thing. When I saw this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe ended in scones made of cheddar and apples, I was excited. I had heard of this flavor combination before, but never tried it out for myself.
I have yet to find a recipe in this book that I haven't enjoyed, and this is no different. The tart/sweet dried granny smith apples pairs wonderfully with the white cheddar. Who can say no to a nicely browned scone for breakfast? Or two...or three, for that matter.
I've made biscuits on several occasions, but never scones...but they really were basically the same thing in my experience. Different ingredients, sure, but same mixing method and consistency of the final batter.
On a side note, this was my first time buying cheese from grass-fed animals. I don't know if it was the diet, or the fact it was from New Zealand, or it could well have just been the brand...but damn, I think it was the best cheddar cheese I've ever had.
Recipe: Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan, p. 32