Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TWD: Apricot Cheddar Scones



Before I get into the sconage for this post...I wanted to say a big, floury thanks to Gigi from Gigi Cakes. That sweet lady gifted me with the Arte y Pico award yesterday, saying my crazy cupcakery was inspiring. Thanks Gigi...! I will post my chosen 5 inspiring bloggers tomorrow.

So now onto the TWD post! Karina of The Floured Apron chose Apple Cheddar Scones for our fabulous pick this week.

I didn't really look at the recipe until yesterday ... but I couldn't really fathom how apple and cheddar really worked in a scone. Sure I love me some fiji and stinky gorgonzola, but in a scone? Scones are for pumpkin and cinnamon and not cheese, right? Hmm intriguing.

I went to Trader Joes seeking the dried apple that others said they found, but the one apple item I found didn't say dried...and my eye caught dried apricots. Now apricots and cheddar somehow sounded better.



Randomly found some apricot nectar to use in place of the apple juice, and used white wheat flour instead of AP...because in something like this I love to try to make it a bit more fiberific...esp if I might have it for breakfast. Other than this I followed the recipe...oh I forgot the cornmeal entirely which hopefully didn't make much of a diff, not quite sure.





Used this fab pig head ice cream scooper my Mom got me for the scone scooping, after reading the P&Q from the ladies I realized I was not going to be hand-kneading anything, they scooped out fabulously onto the parchment with no hassle.



I ate one of the small scones a few minutes out of the oven...I wasn't quite sure that I loved it...but towards the end of the scone I thought...this is tasty! I'll see what they are like tomorrow morning.



If I make them again, I might do a bit more apricot as the flavor was not strong enough for me, but other than that I'd leave well-enough alone! Oh ... and next time I would NOT scrape my index finger knuckle along the grater, taking some skin with it. Oops and OUCH!

Be sure and check out the other TWD scones from the fabulous community!!



Updated to add...Princess P was hungry yesterday so I tossed her 1/2 a scone...guess she liked it!

23 comments:

Kayte said...

Sorry about your finger, but it looks like it was worth it as your scones look lovely. I think the apricots sound great and definitely will give those a try...thanks for sharing the idea.

erin lou said...

I love the pig scooper! Your scones look fantastic and I agree, the apricots sound like a good idea!

Mary Ann said...

It sounds great with apricot- I bet they were really flavorful.

Prudy said...

Ooh-yum. I've got loads of fresh apricots from a neighbor. I wish I had some of that nectar to fool around with. YOur scones look so so good and I'm swooning over your cupcakes below. I love your header and your blog title. It gets me hungry before I ever make it to the recipes.

The Kitchen Vixen said...

Your scones look wonderful! I didnt much agree that apples and cheddar went together well either which is why I went another route, but I've heard such good things that I may have to try them sometime.

Susie Homemaker said...

That's about the coolest ice cream scoop EVER!
Great looking results!

Engineer Baker said...

Very cool scoop. Apricot sounds like it would work nicely.

Janna said...

YUM!
I just gave you a blog award. :)
Check it out.

Pamela said...

Grater accidents STINK! Love the pig ice cream scoop. Nice scones.

bakingwiththeboys said...

Love the ice cream scoop. Sounds like a lot of people had the same issue with the (maybe too) subtle flavors.

Lauren said...

yet another sacrifice to the baking gods (sorry bout the finger), but these scones look worth it- good choice on the fruit switch-up!

Christine said...

Ouch I hope your finger feels better. Your scones look delicious and I love your ice cream scoop!

Heather B said...

Your scones look delicious! Love the flavor combo!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Those scones look so yummy! Love the flavors!

LyB said...

I wouldn't have thought apricots and cheddar would be a good combination, very creative! And I love the idea of using an ice cream scoop. :)

Shirlie said...

Apricots and cheddar?! I'm intrigued. Very funny post you've written! Lovely scones.

rainbowbrown said...

Your pig scoop is so freaking cool. Your substitutions sounds rather good. Nice going!

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

I love that pig scoop. It would be so perfect for me since I am an ice cream piggie. Love your scones!

Anne said...

Wow, apricot sounds delicious! I love the shot of you dog enjoying- I have a little white dog too and he's always at my feet in the kitchen! :) So cute!

Shari said...

Apricot sounds like a great substitution! Great job!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Dianne said...

Ouch! I've done that before.

Your scones look lovely!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I like your substitution!

Miranda said...

What a great idea! I love cheese and have a overflowing apricot tree! Those look marv Mara!