Saturday and Sunday mornings are my absolute favourite – Not only because it means that I don’t have to go to work, but more so because it means that I can spend my mornings lazily whipping up special breakfasts for Cole and I to devour while cuddled up on on the couch, (still in our pajamas, and catching up on the latest episodes of our favourite HGTV series.) Sure we could pour our selves a bowl of cereal and call it a day, but for Cole and I, the weekends are the only time during the week that we actually have time to fuss over our breakfast a little bit. Not to mention there is something so much more special about making breakfast from scratch on a weekend morning to enjoy with the ones you love. Ahhh… yes, it is my definition of heaven.
Making homemade breakfasts is such a quick and easy task, and the possibilities are so vast that it is sometimes hard for me to decide what exactly I feel like making. I have to admit, there are times when I lie awake on Friday nights contemplating and debating what I’m going to make us for breakfast. My mind runs at a million miles per hour asking the important questions like… Is it a sweet or savoury breakfast kind of weekend? Should we have pancakes or waffles? With maple syrup or jam and whipped cream? Sausages or bacon? Scrambled eggs or omelettes? Biscuits or muffins? Scones or cinnamon buns? Healthy breakfast or not healthy breakfast? … To give you just a few examples… I could go on and on but I think that is enough to sum up the extent of my craziness :p
My problem is that I love breakfast so much, that I pretty much day dream all week about all of the things I could cook for us, and by the time the week is over, I have about ten breakfast ideas and I am faced with the impossible task of somehow narrowing it down to just two breakfast menu items, one for Saturday and one for Sunday… Gah! It is honestly one of the more difficult tasks of my week, and trying to get Cole’s input on the subject doesn’t help anything because he is just as incapable of making a decision about delicious food options as I am.
However, the one thing we can always agree on, is our love for homemade scones. Mmm…yes, warm, buttery, flaky, scones that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside – the epitome of perfection…. sorry where was I? Ah yes, I was about to share one of my favourite scone recipes – my recipe for Oaty Apple Spice Scones, complete my a recipe for an amazing spiced maple glaze… need I say more?
This recipe is the ultimate, when it comes to Winter comfort foods for breakfast, and it always turns out so amazingly! I don’t think I can hype these scones anymore – so here is the recipe!
Oaty Apple-Spice Scones with Maple Glaze
Things you need…
Oaty Apple Scones
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
pinch of cloves
2/3 cup cold butter, cubed
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1 egg + dash of milk (for egg wash)
2-4 tbsp sugar for dusting
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp melted butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until crumbly pea sized pieces remain. Mix in chopped apples & toasted pecans.
In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and vanilla until combined. Pour over the flour mixture and gently fold together until ragged dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 8-10 times. Pat the dough into a 10 x 7 inch rectangle and cut into 6 equal squares; cut each square diagonally to make 12 triangular scones.
Brush the tops of the scones with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before glazing.
Meanwhile, whisk all ingredients for the maple glaze together until combined – set aside until ready to use. Brush the tops of the scones with the glaze, and enjoy!
Confession – I may be experiencing a little bit of anxiety over the fact that I just shared one of my most cherished recipes… seriously these scones are truly that delicious. This is a recipe that I have shared and cherished with my family for many years and it really does hold a special place in my heart. I hope that this scone recipe will inspire you to set the stage and enjoy some good old fashioned lazy, quality time with your family and friends around the breakfast table this weekend.
I am of the opinion that you can do no wrong when you are serving up a batch of warm, flaky, buttery scones for breakfast to your family and friends on a weekend morning – especially if you are serving them up with a nice big bowl of whipped cream for everyone to dollop on top… it is pure bliss and they will be putty in your hands.
Ahh yes… the scene I just described above, is literally my idea of heaven and it is why I love baking and cooking for the ones I love the most so much. I hope this post has inspired you to take the time to make something special for breakfast for your family this weekend, and that you cherish the time that you spend together. That is really all I hope for.
Happy Baking <3