Apple and cinnamon wholemeal scones

Our wellbeing twist on the traditional scone recipe is sure to have you reaching for more. We use wholemeal flour here for a gut-friendly addition of fibre.

Each bite of our scone recipe brings a soft, sweet pop of apple, and a slight nutty crunch. Plus, cinnamon adds a warming twist. This spice is full of wellbeing goodness too. Cinnamon is a fantastic source of antioxidants. These helpful molecules work to remove damaging free radicals from our bodies. Cinnamon is also thought to have prebiotic properties. This means it helps to feed the beneficial bacteria in our gut, supporting our gut health.

We love to smother these scones in salted caramel butter that’s just so easy to whip up at home. A dollop of organic honey adds sweetness to the caramel. Opt for local honey when sourcing this gorgeous sticky syrup. Honey that comes from outside the UK, and especially those countries not in the EU, can come with a risk – some bees are artificially fed corn syrup, rather than natural flower nectar.

We’ve updated and halved the amount of sugar for the scones in this recipe. If you’re looking to cut down on sugar even more, forgo the sauce or swap for clotted cream.

Serve warm out of the oven with a steaming mug of coffee. The perfect antidote for the chillier months!

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Ingredients

    For the scones

    • 120g butter
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar*
    • 4 apples (Braeburn work well) cut into small chunks
    • 4 tsp cinnamon
    • 400g wholemeal flour, sifted
    • 2 1/2 tbsp baking powder
    • Large handful mixed nuts, chopped
    • 150-200ml milk

    For the salted caramel butter

    • 90g salted butter
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • *adjust the sugar to your preferred sweetness, or use an alternative.

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. In a saucepan, melt a tablespoon of butter and tablespoon of sugar over a medium heat and add in the apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon and allow the apples to cook and caramelise in the butter and sugar for around five minutes until they’re soft and sticky. Set aside to cool.
    2. In a bowl, add the flour and baking powder, and mix with the butter using your fingers until you have a crumb-like consistency. Stir in a teaspoon of cinnamon, another tablespoon of sugar, the caramelised apple and mixed nuts. Mix well before pouring in the milk and stirring quickly.
    3. Fold the dough a few times before tipping on to a lightly floured surface. Pat the dough until it is approx. 3cm thick, then use a cutter or the bottom of a glass (alternatively, for a different-shaped scone, mould it into a round circle and cut into slices like a pizza). Brush the top with milk and sprinkle over a little sugar.
    4. Place the scones on baking parchment and pop in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes until golden and cooked.
    5. When the scones are ready, allow them to cool slightly. Make up the salted caramel butter by softening the butter and beating the ingredients together with a fork until you have a whipped butter. Spread it over your scones when they’re slightly cooled.