IT’S HERE!! The day is finally here! The site got a major makeover and while we will be watching for bugs over the next few days you should see things functioning so much better now. Make sure you scroll through the sidebar and become acquainted with all of the new features. I’d love to hear what you think and please, send your friends to check it out to. Plus, in order to celebrate I’ve posted one of my new obsessions, Brown Butter Glazed Apple Pie Scones.
I just cannot even, I mean, gosh! These are the best scone evah!!!! I even ate gobs of the dough and apples! I know, I should go hide in a box cowering in embarrassment but it was so good. And then, I stinking made the browned butter glaze. Just forget it. I was done in. Who knew that scones were more than delicious, but instead life changing? Liberte, liberte knew. You see we decided to work together and we talked about creating something perfectly delicious to go with yogurt. I thought scones. They are flaky and wonderful. It was perfect.
The older I get the more centered I feel in my life. I feel like I know myself better, I can make better decisions and I’m a little more aware of life, others and what’s truly important. One thing that I’ve really been working on lately is finding opportunities to make life special. I don’t mean spend gobs of money or take things over the top that aren’t necessary, but instead to make a special treat that I know my family will love, or go on a special mommy daughter date/ date with my husband. Just anything to really break up the monotony of life and instead be really present and take it all in. That’s really why I decided to make these scones.
When I was growing up I remember thinking that scones, tarts and other pretty baked goods were for really special occasions like brunch in a fancy restaurant or for really wealthy people with maids etc. I know, a little ridiculous now that I’m grown up. I don’t know where I got that thought, but I always loved the idea of being fancy and feeling special. I still think we all need to take a little time to make something special, and just relax whether it’s a little brunch with your girlfriends, a private breakfast with your spouse before the kids wake up or an afternoon “tea party” with your little girls.
So, we discovered Liberte Greek yogurt and it is so creamy, thick and although it’s healthier than many yogurts it feels so decadant. Which means for the little “tea party” I was going to have with the girls I wanted a scone that would go well with it. Browned butter apple pie scones. Don’t worry the browned butter glaze is not too rich for anyone. It’s a cooked glaze and our three year old devorured the spoon to lick.
I started these scones with self rising flour. That was my first stroke of genius. Hooray for letting the flour do all of the work without needing anything else. Then there’s the apples. Just try to not eat them all before they even go in the dough. All you have to do is cook them with a little butter, remove from heat and toss with brown and white sugar. Oh my sweet mercy. Delicious. Next just cut butter into the dry mixture, add the apples (the flour keeps them from clumping and sinking to the bottom) mix and stir in the cream. You’ll want to let the dough rest for 30 minutes in the freezer so the gluten can rest. Shape, bake, and start on the glaze right before they are done. Just brown butter, add powdered sugar and a little cream. Whisk and quickly drizzle over the hot scones.
Let the scones rest for 10 minutes so the texture can settle and then enjoy warm scones and creamy, delightful yogurt, taking in every little bit of this beautiful life we live. Do you do anything to slow down and make life special?
Brown Butter Glazed Apple Pie Scones
- 2 Cups Self Rising Flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 Tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
- 1 cup cream plus 1 tablespoon for brushing the dough
- coarse sugar*optional
- Glazed Apples-recipe follows
- 2 Large Granny Smith Apples, peeled and cut into ¼ inch chunks
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, unsalted
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ⅛ cup heavy cream
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted add the apples and stir to combine. Place a lid over the skillet and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until dry. Remove from heat, sprinkle both white and brown sugar over the top and toss until evenly coated. Cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine and sprinkle with butter. Cut the butter in using a pastry cutter or two knives. Alternatively you can use a food processor, pulsing to cut in the butter. Stop when the butter is throughout the flour like little peas, some pieces bigger and some smaller.
- Toss the apples into the mixture and stir to evenly combine. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the heavy cream until the dough starts to form a ball. Dump everything on a clean counter top and knead until the dough comes together. Place in a bowl, cover tightly with saran wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 425
- Remove the scone dough and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Form the dough into a thick, flat disk and cut into wedges, about 8. Separate each wedge and brush with a little heavy cream, sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake for 12-14 minutes or until dry and golden.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once it begins to melt start whisking until the butter begins to foam. The butter should then change color to turn amber. Remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the heavy cream and powdered sugar. Drizzle over hot scones and enjoy!