This thanksgiving we are toasting with local Georgia apples! We are always so thankful to those who have supported my blog, bought my cook book and have come to Ireland with Shamrock and Peach tours. A small business relies on word of mouth for it’s success and I always love to support local producers here in Georgia with all of my recipes. So, here is a lovely wee recipe for Appletini’s to welcome your guests before the Thanksgiving feast. So, wishing you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!
Jonagold and Mutsu apples
Slainte and thankful!
Emerald Isle Green Appletini
2 oz vodka
1 oz apple liqueur (apple snaps)
1 oz freshly pressed apple juice
Green apple (cored and sliced)
How to make it
Fill a shaker three quarters full of crushed ice.
Add the vodka, apple liqueur and freshly pressed apple juice.
So, I wanted to follow up with my recipe for Fall Apple, Oat and Walnut Scones. I hope you have been waiting with bated breath from my last apple butter post? Late September is the time of year where we all begin to celebrate all things apples. So may I suggest there no better way of enjoying the season than by baking some fall Apple scones? Hearty Oatmeal and apples make these scones perfect for breakfast or that mid morning snack? I featured the scones recently at my fall tea cooking class at Wholefoods market and they were a huge hit. I encourage you to go ahead and take time to enjoy this bountiful fall harvest season and eat more apples when they are farm fresh. Oh, and this photo is taken in Northern Ireland at my high school friend Stephen Kane’s farm; and his freshly picked apples are the best. Thanks Stephen for allowing Gary to come and take photos of your delicious Bramley’s!
Apple and Walnut Oatmeal Scones (with Apple Butter)
(makes 12 scones)
1 cup quick cooking Irish rolled oats
2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup unsalted Kerrygold butter (cold)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 small apple (finely grated)
½ cup walnuts (toasted) (plus ¼ cup or 12 pieces for garnishing the scone)
1 egg (beaten)
5 Tbsp salted butter
5 Tbsp Apple Butter
How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place oats on a baking sheet and toast for a few minutes until lightly browned and set aside. While oven is still hot toast the walnuts for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Reserve 12 pieces to garnish each scone and chop the remaining nuts finely.
Combine cooled oats, four, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
Cut in butter until crumbly using a food processor and stir in the nuts.
Beat the buttermilk and egg together and stir in the grated apple. Slowly combine with the dry ingredients.
Turn dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough with lightly floured surface. Fold over dough and then knead 4-5 times.
Cut scones using a 1”biscuit cutter or in to 2 6” circles about ¾” thick.
Brush dough with egg wash and sprinkle some Scottish fine oats on top.
Bake at 425 degrees for first 10 minutes and then turn down to 350 degrees for 5 more minutes.
To serve cut each scone in half and spread a thin layer of Kerrygold salted butter. Using a teaspoon add a little apple butter. Garnish with a toasted walnut.
Whole Foods Avalon
My Irish Class
Cooking with the Gals
Enjoy apple picking wherever you are and keep it local!