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  • Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze

Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze

Posted on October 9, 2017

Things have been looking overly orange around here these past couple of weeks. Carrots, squash and deeply hued Fall spices have all taken center stage. Both on the blog and in my real life.

Not that I’m complaining, per se. Because orange is one of my favorite colors. And orange-colored foods are some of my favorite foods. But I think it’s about time we had a little break from all the orange. There are so many other colors worth exploring!

In an effort to try and bring a little green back into my life, I’ve been on a serious leafy green salad kick (look for that recipe coming out next week!). And I’m also attempting to make a dent in an overly ambitious haul of red apples. Which means apple pie, apple crisp and maybe even an apple cocktail or two (or three!) are all going to be on repeat for the foreseeable future.

But for now, we’ve got apple scones.

Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze | www.floatingkitchen.net

These Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze are my most recent apple creation and they just scream Fall. Loaded with chunks of chopped apples and cozy chai spices (the combination which was inspired by this recipe from Pastry Affair), they are the perfect baked good to enjoy on a cool, crisp Autumn morning. And don’t skip the fresh apple cider glaze. Because really, what’s a scone without a hefty drizzle of something sticky and sweet on top.

You can use any kind of apple you like. And you don’t even need to bother peeling them. Just chop them up relatively small and uniform (around the size of an almond) so they cook up evenly in the scones. Easy peasy. And on the breakfast table in no time!

Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze | www.floatingkitchen.net

Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze | www.floatingkitchen.net

I’m sharing the recipe for these Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze as part of our monthly seasonal eating initiative organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Be sure to check out Becky’s October Produce Guide for recipe suggestions on everything from pears to pumpkins! And for even more inspiration, click on the links below to see what some of my blogging friends whipped up this month.

Cheers,

Liz

Recipe adapted from my Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle

Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze

Yield: Makes 8 scones

Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze

Ingredients

  • For the Scones
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 2/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apple

  • For the Apple Cider Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, combine the flours, 1/2 cup of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add the cold butter and pulse until you have a coarse crumb.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 2/3 cups of the heavy cream with the egg and vanilla extract. Then add this liquid mixture to your food processor and pulse until the dough has just come together.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to fold in the chopped apple, being careful not to overwork the dough. The dough will be slightly wet and sticky. You can lightly flour your hands to help prevent the dough from sticking.
  5. Shape the dough into a round disk, flattening it so it’s about 1-inch thick. Then cut the disk into eight wedges. Transfer the wedges to your prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 to 2-inches between them. Then brush the tops of the wedges with the remaining tablespoon of heavy cream and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and bake the scones for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Remove the baking sheet from your oven and allow the scones to rest for 10-15 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  6. To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, apple cider and cinnamon in a small bowl until smooth. Then drizzle the glaze over the scones before serving.
  7. These are best when enjoyed on the day of baking. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day.
https://www.floatingkitchen.net/chai-spiced-apple-scones-with-apple-cider-glaze/

October Eat Seasonal Recipes

October Eat Seasonal Recipes

Smoky Pumpkin Black Bean Chili by She Likes Food

Cheddar Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Scones by Completely Delicious

Instant Pot Red Velvet Beet Soup by Letty’s Kitchen

Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad by Flavor the Moments

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal by JoyFoodSunshine

Spaghetti Squash Shakshuka by Kitchen Confidante

Curried Cauliflower Quinoa and Lentil Salad by Food for My Family

One-Skillet Zucchini Lasagna by Vintage Mixer

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers by Foodie Crush

 

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  • The Best Blueberry Muffins

The Best Blueberry Muffins

Posted on May 15, 2017

This post was originally published here on January 23, 2014. I’ve since updated the photos and text. Enjoy!

Great fitting jeans. A copy of The Catcher in the Rye. And a recipe for The Best Blueberry Muffins.

These are all classics that will never go out of style. And they are all things that everyone should have in their collection.

And while it would be awesome if we could all go clothes shopping together to find some booty-licious pants. Or have a book club meeting to discuss teenage rebellion. Neither of those things seems very practical right now (unless you all want to hop on an airplane!). So instead, I’m going to help you out in the blueberry muffin department.

The Best Blueberry Muffins | www.floatingkitchen.net

This blueberry muffin recipe is slightly adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. It’s a recipe that I’ve been making for years now (playing with many different mix-ins along the way), so I know it by heart. It’s my go-to baked good that I’m constantly whipping up for any special breakfast or brunch gathering. Or just whenever my mood requires a little pick-me-up. Because you certainly don’t need a special occasion to make and enjoy these babies. They are wonderful any day of the week. And any month out of the year, too. Classics like blueberry muffins are season-less, in my humble opinion (although being able to use local blueberries during the Summer months is a real treat!).

And you know what’s even better? This recipe requires only one mixing bowl and 10 ingredients.

The Best Blueberry Muffins | www.floatingkitchen.net

A few notes on the recipe that are worth mentioning up front. First, the batter is extremely thick. Like whoa. Probably way thicker than other muffin recipes you’ve made in the past. Second, the muffins cups get filled all the way to the brim. But don’t worry. They won’t spill over. And finally, 2 ½ cups of fresh blueberries will seem like way too many blueberries than will reasonably fit in a muffin without resulting in an exploding blue mess. But just trust me when I say it’s all going to be fine. You got this! And I bet these blueberry muffins will soon become a favorite in your house, too!

Cheers,

Liz

The Best Blueberry Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

The Best Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with liners or coat with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, eggs, milk and lemon zest on medium speed until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the flour, 3/4 cups sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, beating until the dry ingredients are just incorporated. Then gently fold in the blueberries using a spatula or wooden spoon.
  3. Scoop the muffin batter into your prepared muffin tin, dividing the batter evenly between the 12 cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in their tin for 5-10 minutes. Then remove and transfer them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  4. These blueberry muffins can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
https://www.floatingkitchen.net/the-best-blueberry-muffins/

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