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Two Sisters, Serial #21 and Glazed Apple Craisin Scones

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We know you’re working hard. With the holidays bearing down, everything gets a wee bit jammed together. More shopping (of course), more errands, more decorating, more cleaning, more, more, more. It can all get a little tiring.

So this week Reading and Recipes is going to give you a working man’s or woman’s snack that will readily double as a tasty treat for when a long-lost friend or relative stops by one afternoon unexpectedly (just happened to be in town!). These Glazed Apple Craisin Scones are a modification of the traditional English scone that’s both easy and flavorful.

On top of that they keep well and transport easily–thus the worker’s snack angle. When you drop one of these scones in your purse or tote before you head out the door, think of yourself as in the long line of working stiffs down through the centuries, carrying their lunch pails to the mill or the jobsite. So maybe you’re going to the mall instead of the mill or dropping gifts by the school instead of lumber by the jobsite. You still need that mid-morning snack to keep you going.

These Glazed Apple Craisin Scones will get you through the holiday-preparations crunch in fine shape!

glazed apple craisin scones

Glazed Apple Craisin Scones

Scones:

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

1/4 cup applesauce

3-4 Tablespoons milk or cream

2 Tablespoons craisins

Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1-2 Tablepoons milk or cream

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

scone dough

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until all of the ingredients are combined. Add the cold butter and pulse into dry ingredients until crumbly and no large pieces remain. (The butter pieces should be no bigger than a small pea.)

In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce and 3 tablespoons of milk. Fold the dry and wet ingredients together just until everything is well mixed and you have a uniform dough, careful not to over mix. If the dough is a too dry, add a little more milk (no more than 1 tablespoon). Mix until the dough comes together. Lastly, fold in the craisins.

Form the dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured surface. Gently pat the dough into a 8×4 rectangle that is about an 1/2 an inch thick. Cut the rectangle in half and then cut each square diagonally into two triangular pieces.

Place the scones onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the scones just begin to turn golden brown. Remove the scones from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

While the scones are cooling, make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, and ground cinnamon. This glaze will be thick and is perfect for coating the entire scone. If you prefer to drizzle the glaze, stir in one more tablespoon of milk. Pipe or drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones. Allow the glaze to set for about an hour before serving or storing in an airtight container.

Makes 4 scones.

glazed apple craisin scone

{Adapted from Gonna Want Seconds}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #21 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #21, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #21, text © Jeffrey Anderson

Enjoy!

About Elaine

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