Scones anyone?

 Apple Currant Cornmeal Scones

The slight crunch of the cornmeal makes these scones extra special. Sweet bites of currant and apple are perfect to enjoy with coffee or tea. The toffee apple variation will be a huge hit with all the small people at your house too with a big glass of milk. Make them both and serve them up with softened butter and some homemade jams and jellies.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes

1-3/4 cups (425 mL) all-purpose flour
¾ cup (175 mL) cornmeal
¼ cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
½ tsp each baking soda and freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch salt
¾ cup butter, cubed
¾ cup (250 mL) buttermilk
1 small red apple, cored and diced
¼ cup (50 mL) currants

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, soda, nutmeg and salt. Using pastry blender or fingertips cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle in buttermilk until soft ragged dough forms. Stir in apple and currants. Scrape out dough onto floured surface and knead gently about 5 times to bring dough together. Pat out into a 9 inch (23 cm) circle. Cut into 8 wedges and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in 400 F (200 C) oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.
Makes 8 servings.

Toffee Apple Variation: Use 1/4 cup (50 mL) toffee chips instead of the currants. For smaller scones: Use a small round cookie cutter and cut dough into smaller size scones. For no dough scraps simply gather dough and pat it out into a square and cut into small squares to bake. You may need to reduce baking time.


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