I’m a big scone fan simply because they are usually my back up snack or light lunch when food supplies are running low and I need to do our big family shop. Now I’ve perfected the recipe, when the boys are hungry or I’ve got guests popping round I can knock some up quickly out of only a few ingredients. And while I do follow the Devon cliché of serving clotted cream and jam, I’m also quick partial to a wholemeal cheese scone which is delicious fresh from the oven with real butter.
This recipe for apple, sage and chia seed scones take the traditional scone recipe to a whole new level. Firstly by including the super food chai seeds which are my ultimate health foods at the moment, it also mixes sweet with savoury and make a tasty breakfast alternative as well as a wholesome lunch.
125g Plain Flour
125g Wholemeal Flour
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
5g Cream of Tartar
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
5-6 fresh sage leaves – finely chopped
1 Jazz Apple – Peeled, cored and grated
2 small eggs – 1 lightly beaten for the mixture and 1 beaten for the egg wash
Pre-heat the oven to 220c (200c for a fan oven)
Rub the flours, salt, bicarb, tartar and butter together in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is even and granular with no big lumps of butter. Add the Chia seeds and rub through the mixture. Now add the sage and apple and mix through. Pour in the lightly beaten egg and the milk and briefly mix to combine.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead together to form a light dough. Roll out to about 2.5 -3cm thick and cut out the scones using either a cookie cutter or an upturned glass, that has been floured to prevent it sticking.
Place the cut out scones onto a lined baking tray closely packed together so that the stick together a little as they cook. Brush with beaten egg to give them a lovely sheen when cooked and place into the oven for about 10 minutes until golden brown and well risen.
Serve with cheese and chutney for lunch or with sage butter and bacon as a breakfast treat.
If you’re looking for more healthy snacks try some of these sweet healthy snacks.