Savory Apple, Oat, and Herb Scones

Savory Apple, Oat and Herb Scones

Remember how I made Funnel Cakes a few weeks ago and mentioned that I hadn’t been to the Texas State Fair in years? Well… drum roll please… I actually went to the Fair last weekend!!! Matt and I jetted down to Texas and went with my sister, bro-in-law, and three-year-old Nephew 2 on Sunday. It was so much fun!! And I got to show Matt a part of my childhood. He definitely enjoyed himself, though I think he regrets having worn a Boston Red Sox shirt.

making savory apple scones

So – the Fair! Big Tex has a new shirt; not sure how I feel about that. We strolled through Midway, where all the rides and games are located. We cheered Nephew 2 on as he rode some kiddie rides, and won him some stuffed animals. And my sweet hubby won me a sock monkey!

We hit up the car show, then wandered over to the animal exhibits. There was a poultry exhibit which Nephew 2 deemed “too loud!”; we ambled through a rather substantial petting zoo area where you could purchase feed for the animals. We didn’t partake in the feed, mostly because we’d been at a similar and less crowded petting zoo the day before at the Fort Worth Stockyards. As an aside, I think I’ve seen the Geico camel commercial too many times, because when the camel came up to get my feed, I was almost expecting to hear “Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike! Guess what day it is. Guess what Day. It. Is.”

Savory Apple, Oat and Herb Scones

Anywho, back to the Fair. We pet Elsie the Borden cow, who I’m pretty sure was stoned. I mean, I know cows are naturally docile, but this was realllly pushing it. And may I just say, baby goats are the cutest things ever. Next to baby piglets. Be still my heart…

Savory Apple, Oat, Herb Scones

And of course, there’s the food. Woohoo! We noshed on Fletcher’s corn dogs (the only legit kind!), barbecue brisket tacos, catfish po’boys, fried green tomatoes, fried s’mores, a funnel cake, fried beer, and a coconut cream pie milkshake, which was the best thing ever and I must recreate it at home sometime! I hope I didn’t leave anything out.

savory apple oat herb scones

And all this has well, really nothing to do with these apple scones; I was looking through my list of dishes to blog, and none of them are terribly State Fair-themed, but I really wanted to commit my experience to writing, so I’m just going with it. These scones are beyond delicious. I’ve been wanting to make more savory scones, so when I saw these run across my Pinterest feed, I knew they would be perfect for my apple stash. Indeed. Crazy good. Try them soon.

apple oat herb scones

{One year ago: Poutine}

Source: adapted from Cannelle et Vanille

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup old-fashioned oats
1 tbs baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 tbs unsalted butter, very cold
1 tsp each minced fresh parsley, thyme, and rosemary
1 apple, peeled, cored, chopped
2/3 cup buttermilk, plus extra for brushing tops
Cracked black pepper for the tops

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Quickly cut the butter into small pats with a butter knife and add to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the herbs, apple, and 2/3 cup buttermilk. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir the mixture until it comes together. When it’s mostly together in one big lump, flour your hands and knead a few times until all the straggly crumbs are incorporated.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat it down to about a 1″ thick rectangle. Dust a sharp knife with flour and cut the dough into 8 squares. Place the squares on the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops of the scones with buttermilk. Sprinkle lightly or liberally (your choice) with fresh cracked black pepper.
Bake in the oven for about 18 minutes, until golden on the sides and just cooked through. Let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

9 responses to “Savory Apple, Oat, and Herb Scones

  1. Great recipe. Keep um comin. You will make a cook out of me yet.

  2. Hey Julie. Awesome site! Keep up the great work!

  3. Julie,
    These would be awesome with chicken cider stew (or any other stew, for that matter). What a tasty combination!

    Thanks for the fair run-down. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been to a fair, and my favorite parts are the animals and the food.

    • Texan New Yorker

      Oh, I totally agree (and now that you mention it, I need to make me some chicken cider stew – yum!). Thanks!

      Yes, I agree, the best parts of Fairs are animals and food. I’m getting a little old for the rides. 🙂

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