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Apple Thyme Cheddar Scones

Apple Thyme Cheddar Scones


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Danish Creamery Butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 3/4 teaspoon dry whole leaf thyme)
  • 3 ounces (1 cup) grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 Granny Smith apple; peeled, cored and chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a 2- to 3-quart mixing bowl.
  3. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, breaking up clumps and coating cheese with flour mixture.
  5. Combine buttermilk and egg. Stir buttermilk mixture, thyme and apples into flour/cheese mixture; mix until dry ingredients are moistened.
  6. Gather dough into a ball and knead against the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl (if necessary dust hands with 1/2 tablespoon flour). Turn dough and press loose pieces until they adhere and the bowl is fairly clean. Form into a ball and place on buttered or parchment lined baking sheet; pat into 8-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges and separate pieces 1/2-inch apart.
  7. Sprinkle wedges evenly with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yield: 8 scones

Challenge package recipe developed by Challenge Home Economist.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Challenge Dairy

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