Apple Cinnamon Scones
I was at the grocery store the other day, and I bought a bunch of apples. Too many apples. Those apples sat in my fridge for awhile and I knew I needed to bake something with them before they went bad. I scoured the Internet (correction: Pinterest) for the perfect apple recipe. I pinned dessert after dessert, each idea better than the last. Truthfully, though, I spent too much time thinking of the perfect dessert, which resulted in a failure to choose a single recipe.
Often, those with a history of eating disorders (or even disordered eating) long for the perfect meal. If we're going to eat anything at all, it has to be flawless. The best-tasting food, the most aesthetically pleasing plating, a completely uninterrupted environment. Meal times become almost ritualistic - we get in the zone and curate everything to the point where it almost becomes fake and artificial.
Eventually, with my apples still in the fridge, I stopped looking for a recipe. I picked one that looked more or less "okay", made some modifications according to my personal preferences, and went with it. So what if I didn't succeed in baking the best-tasting scone ever? Would anyone really care?
I am really working to get over this idea of perfection around food. My bananas don't have to be the perfect shade of yellow, and my dinners don't always need a quintessential amount of spice. Just like I am working on becoming less rigid with food variety, I need to work on de-ritualizing my meals and making peace with the fact that perfection, when it comes to food, can't always exist. And that's okay.
Apple Cinnamon Scones
Makes 12 scones
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/3 cup of white sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 cup of cold butter, cubed
- 1 cup of finely chopped apples
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices) in a large bowl and mix well.
- Cut in the cold butter.
- Add the chopped apples to the dry ingredients, followed by the almond milk.
- Knead the dough a couple of times until well-combined.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Separate the dough into two large balls, and flatten each ball on the baking sheet to form two circles of dough.
- If you wish, you can scour lines in the dough to mark the division between scones (each ball of dough will make 6 scones).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms and edges are golden brown.
How do you enjoy your scones? With butter? Jam? Tea or coffee? All of the above?
If you make these scones, let me know in the comments, or tag me in your pictures on Instagram (you can find me at @meghanturnbull).