Happy lazy Sunday before the Thanksgiving craziness really takes off! I work in a bread bakery so you can imagine how crazy it gets for me this time of year. I am taking full advantage of my last free day today before the holiday since I know I won’t have a minute to myself again until next weekend. So I decided to do some baking. Despite working in a bakery, my favorite past-time is still playing around in the kitchen. So today’s project: scones!
This time of year there are two things I really love – scones and brie! I first discovered brie last Fall and I have been obsessed with it ever since (which you probably guessed if you’ve been following me on social media for awhile lol). This time of year is my favorite time to enjoy it because Fall flavors pair with brie so well. Anyway, inspiration struck when I thought of combining my two loves and seeing what happened. Exhibit A: pumpkin pie spiced apple, brie, and walnut scones:
Um….can we talk about that ooey gooey, melted brie though? These would make an excellent appetizer for Thanksgiving. They have all of the flavors of Thanksgiving. Well, ok maybe not ALL. I guess you could throw some turkey in there and you would really have a Thanksgiving inspired treat lol
What really inspired me to make these though was actually a post I saw by another dietitian and her “tips” for celebrating Thanksgiving. She mentioned how she serves carrots and celery for appetizers. No gravy or “extras” with her feast. And no dessert. I’m sorry but that’s just not Thanksgiving to me. As a dietitian I get what she’s trying to do. I really do. And when I used to work in the hospital I had the same mentality as her. You see so many sick patients that you can’t help but want to live as healthy as you possibly can all day, er’y day. And when I first became registered as a dietitian I remember doing a similar post on instagram about eating healthy during Thanksgiving. I cringe looking back on the post because life is really all about balance. That’s the best way to live a healthy lifestyle. Mental health is just as important as physical health and learning how to treat yourself is part of the mental health part. Posts like that dietitians are what kept my disordered eating thriving. Making me think that I couldn’t treat myself for even one day without detoxing or working out 5 hrs to “work it off”. Life is about balance. One day or even one week of “treating yourself” during the holidays is not going to undo an entire year of good habits. The world will not end if you, god forbid, eat dessert. Or don’t workout. Or this or that. Learn to let go and just live. I am so glad I finally learned the art of treating myself while still living a healthy lifestyle. And that’s where these scones come in. They may not be the healthiest option but that’s okay. Because I’m gonna be treating myself this holiday and you should, too! Ok that’s it, thank you for coming to my TED talk lol
I ended up pairing these with a little apple butter and guys, they were pure perfection! Full recipe is below! How are you treating yourself this Thanksgiving?
Pumpkin pie spiced apple, Brie, and walnut scones – makes 8 minis
– 1 cup white whole wheat flour
– 1/2 cup kodiak cakes buttermilk pancake mix
– 1 tsp baking powder
– pinch salt
– 2 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
– 5.3 oz plain Greek yogurt
– 3 tbsp pure honey
⁃ 1 small Apple, diced (I recommend a tart apple like a good old green apple)
⁃ 1 tbsp brown sugar
⁃ 1 tbsp flour
⁃ 2 tsp lemon juice
⁃ Pinch pumpkin pie spice
Prepare apples first by combining apple filling ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a food processor, combine flour with baking powder and salt. Add in cold butter and blend. Then add in yogurt and honey. Once dough comes together, transfer to a work surface and carefully knead in apple filling. Form dough into a circle and add a few apple pieces back into the dough (as they are likely to fall out when you try kneading them in). Brush with an equal mix of melted butter and brown sugar (I used about 1 tbsp of Each for just a light glaze). Cut into 8 equal sized pieces. Spread the scones out in the baking sheet otherwise they won’t bake all the way through. bake in a preheated 425 degree f oven for about 12-15 minutes (check at the 12 minute mark to make sure they aren’t too brown on the bottom). Remove from baking sheet and let cool. Cut each scone in half (like a sandwich) and place a small wedge of Brie cheese and a handful of walnuts on the bottom half of the scone. Replace the top half and repeat with all of the scones. Heat up if you prefer to melt the Brie then enjoy. I also topped a few with a dollop of apple butter.