Apple and Irish Cheddar Scones

With brightly hued ribbons of red and green, slivers of the juicy McIntosh offer a tantalizing preview to our Apple and Irish Cheddar Scones. Cream cheese gives these treats a delightful texture, while dried apples, gourmet cheese, and chopped nuts add interest. Serve alongside Honey Butter for an additional delight.

Apple and Irish Cheddar Scones
Makes 8
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Irish white Cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped dried apples
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • ⅔ cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 McIntosh apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • Honey Butter (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut in butter and cream cheese until mixture is crumbly. Stir in Cheddar cheese, dried apples, and walnuts.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together ⅔ cup cream and egg. Gradually add to flour mixture, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Shape mixture into an 8-inch round on prepared pan. Cut round into 8 wedges; gently separate wedges, and arrange approximately 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from oven, and brush tops with remaining 2 tablespoons cream. Arrange desired amount of apple slices over scones; return to oven, and bake until scones are light golden brown, about 8 minutes more. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool for 10 minutes before serving with Honey Butter.

Honey Butter
Makes approximately ½ cup
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together softened butter, honey, and cinnamon until smooth.


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