High Altitude Pistachio-Apple Scones

"Buttery and tender, studded with bits of crisp, sweet apple and crunchy pistachios, these nutty scones are the answer to your sweet-and-salty fall dreams."
-- @butterandair
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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 12 scones

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  • 2 1/4 + 2 tb all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoon (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup peeled, cored, diced apples (firm, sweet variety such as Honeycrisp


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the pistachios in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times until they’re roughly chopped. Remove 1/2 cup of the roughly chopped nuts and set aside. Continue to process the remaining pistachios until they are finely ground.

  • Step 2

    In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Add butter pieces and, with the mixer on low or cutting in by hand with a pastry cutter, combine until butter is incorporated and flour looks uniformly crumbly. Mix in 1/2 cup of the finely ground pistachios and the brown sugar, then stir in the apples and chopped pistachios. Drizzle in 3/4 cup of cream and continue to mix until a soft dough forms (if the dough seems dry, add more cream, a tablespoon at a time, until it begins to come together).

  • Step 3

    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead it a few times into a soft ball. Divide dough in half and pat each half into a 3/4 inch thick round. Using a sharp knife, cut each round into six wedges. Transfer scones to parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar and extra chopped pistachios.

  • Step 4

    Bake at 425° for 18-20 mins, until bottoms are evenly browned and tops are beginning to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature. Wrap leftovers in parchment, then foil (they can be re-heated like this if desired).

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