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Apple Cider Scones with Cinnamon – An Autumnal Sunday Breakfast Treat

Apple Cider Scones with Cinnamon

Scones | 25th September 2018 | By

As I was looking out of the rain splattered window early Sunday morning, my eye caught a rather large pile of apples that had fallen into our garden from a neighbour’s tree. Initially, I was tempted to ignore them, but my dislike of waste got the better of me. So, out into the pouring rain I went, in my nightdress, to forage for some of the less battered ones. Here’s what I came up with: apple cider scones made with wholemeal spelt flour and flavoured with cinnamon.

CT was still snoozing in bed, but I reckoned he’d soon wake up when the enticing scent of baking cinnamon wafted up the stairs. It worked and we had warm apple cider spelt scones for breakfast. What a treat. Rustic in appearance they may be, but they sure tasted good.

Apple Cider Spelt Scones with Cinnamon & Wholemeal Spelt Flour

Apple Cider Scones

I usually make scones using the measurements I grew up with. This means I don’t need to look up a recipe or think very much about it at all. My mother used to make apple scones when I was young and I was always intrigued that she made them in one large round and then cut them into triangles. It was a trick, so she said, that she picked up when she lived in the States. Scones are such an easy bake to make, but doing it this way makes the process even simpler. No need for rolling pins or dusting anything down with flour. Just pick up the dough, place it on a baking sheet and flatten it out into a round.

Apple Cider Wholemeal Spelt Scones Flavoured with Cinnamon

For this autumnal take on my normal apple scone recipe, which for some reason I haven’t yet blogged, I thought I’d use cider rather than kefir or sour milk. Cider enhances the flavour of the apples and reacts with the bicarbonate of soda thus helping the scones to rise. It also seems like a rather decadent but appropriate ingredient for a wet Sunday morning breakfast in September. As I didn’t use a milky substance, I added an egg to the mix to help bind the scones together. You can, however, forgo the egg and add in some extra cider to compensate. Just bear in mind that it’ll make for a crumblier scone.

There’s less sugar in the scones than you’d expect. If you have a really sweet tooth or your apples are particularly sour, you may want to add a little more. But I often find that less is more when it comes to sugar. The apple and cinnamon flavours are allowed to shine and the scones are relatively healthy.

Of course, you don’t have to eat these apple cider scones for breakfast or brunch. They’d make a lovely afternoon tea treat too. In either case, eat them warm if you can and slather them with butter.

Wholemeal Spelt Scones

As regular readers will know, wholemeal spelt is my go to baking flour. It works well in most things, but it’s particularly good for cakes, bread and scones. The bran stops bakes rising as much as they would do with white flour, but the end result is not at all heavy. These apple cider scones had substance, but were light in texture and nutty in flavour as were the matcha green tea scones seen below. I also make my Welsh cakes with wholemeal spelt.

Spelt Scones with Kefir, Matcha & Honey

Matcha Green Tea Scones


Wholemeal Spelt Welsh Cakes

Welsh Cakes

If you’re a bit unsure about using 100% wholemeal spelt, you could try a mixture of half wholemeal and half plain. For a while I did this and there’s no doubt the scones were good, but actually they’re no better than those using the real deal; I’d rather have my scones delicious and nutritious than just delicious. Both the brie & chive lunch scones and the rich chocolate scones pictured below were made with half and half.

Cheese & Chive Scones

Brie & Chive Lunch Scones


Rich Chocolate Scones

Rich Chocolate Scones

You can replace the spelt with ordinary wholemeal flour and they will still be good. Spelt flour is expensive, but we’re better adapted to it than we are to modern wheats, so it’s much easier on the digestion and I reckon it’s worth that little bit extra. These wild garlic cheese scones were made with a mixture of half wholemeal flour and half plain.

Wild Garlic Cheese Scones

Wild Garlic Cheese Scones

Apple Cider Scones with Cinnamon – The Recipe

Apple Cider Scones with Cinnamon
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Apple Cider Scones with Cinnamon

These apple cider scones are made with wholemeal spelt flour and flavoured with cinnamon. They are light, flavoursome and make for a great Sunday breakfast or teatime treat when spread with butter.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Brunch
Cuisine: British
Keyword: apples, cider, cinnamon, scones, wholemeal spelt flour
Servings: 8 scones
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme


  • 8 oz (250g) wholemeal spelt flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 oz (30g) demerara sugar
  • 2 oz (60g) unsalted butter
  • ½ lb (450g) apples - peeled, cored & finely chopped - I used windfalls
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 fl oz fizzy cider


  • In a large bowl, rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the apples.
  • Make a well in the centre, add the egg and cider and stir it into the mixture with a flat bladed knife.
  • Gently form the mixture into a ball of dough with your hands, then place onto a greased or lined baking tray and press into a circle with your hands until it's about ¾" deep.
  • Score the scone into 8 triangles with a sharp knife.
  • Bake at 200℃ for about 30 minutes or until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Don't worry if it's a bit brown on top.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool slightly, then cut the triangles and eat whilst warm. Best spread with butter.


Go lightly when handling scone dough, they can get tough if over mixed.
Any type of apple will do for these scones, though they are a good way to use up windfalls.
You can forgo the egg and add in some extra cider to compensate, but it will make for a crumblier scone.
Best eaten on the day of baking or frozen for later consumption.


I’m sending this recipe for apple cider scones off to #BakingCrumbs with Jo’s Kitchen Larder and Only Crumbs Remain. They also go to #CookBlogShare, hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie this week and #CookOnceEatTwice with Searching for Spice.

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  1. angiesrecipes

    25th September 2018 at 6:31 pm

    This is such a great autumn breakfast idea. Love the use of apple cider here.

    • Choclette

      26th September 2018 at 8:24 am

      Autumn just sings apples and cider to me Angie – I grew up in cider country 🙂

    • melanie

      30th September 2018 at 9:41 pm

      will these work without the cider?

      • Choclette

        1st October 2018 at 7:35 pm

        Hi Melanie. These should be fine without the cider. I think I’ve mentioned in the recipe that you can substitute more kefir, buttermilk or sour milk for the cider. Let me know how you get on.

    • Melanie

      2nd October 2018 at 6:16 am

      Will it work without cider?

      • Choclette

        2nd October 2018 at 4:59 pm

        Hi Melanie. These should be fine without the cider. I think I’ve mentioned in the recipe that you can substitute more kefir, buttermilk or sour milk for the cider. Let me know how you get on.

  2. Heidi

    25th September 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I love scones of all kinds – these look perfect for an afternoon with a cuppa!

    • Choclette

      26th September 2018 at 8:25 am

      Sounds like a fine idea to me Heidi. Might even manage to have it in the garden.

  3. Kavita Favelle

    25th September 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I really need to be more creative with scones, these looks utterly lovely and I love the seasonal apple and cinnamon flavours.

    • Choclette

      26th September 2018 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Kavey. The beauty of scones is that they are so easy to make that they’re ripe for experimentation.

  4. Corina Blum

    26th September 2018 at 1:31 pm

    These sound delicious Choclette . I love apple scones and I have a recipe that I cut in this shape too. I’d love to try the spelt flour sometime as well. I love nutty flavours and it sounds like something I’d like. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

    • Choclette

      27th September 2018 at 7:56 am

      The beauty of this shape was that it made putting the scones together so easy – which is just what you want if having them for breakfast.

  5. Sisley White

    26th September 2018 at 6:28 pm

    These look and sound delicious. I have never made apple scones but I think that will change after seeing this.

    • Choclette

      27th September 2018 at 7:54 am

      Apple scones are delicious and a make a lovely autumnal breakfast treat.

  6. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    26th September 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I can almost smell these baking, all the apples and cinnamon. Perfect autumnal bake!
    I would love to wake up to the batch already made for me when I go downstairs on a lazy weekend morning or even better have these brought up on a tray with a nice cup of milky coffee… One can dream! 🙂 It is one of those lovely recipes I would so enjoy baking first thing in the morning when everybody is still asleep while I potter in the kitchen. It goes on the list!
    Thank you for sharing with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

    • Choclette

      27th September 2018 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Jo. I’m not sure I’ve ever had scones for breakfast before, but these really worked. Sending some vibes out to your family to treat you to breakfast in bed soon 😀

  7. johanna @ green gourmet giraffe

    29th September 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I love the image of your running out in the rain to get windfall apples – and your scones sound so lovely – I can only dream of someone making them for me to be ready when i wake! But I am always happy to make them for myself.

    • Choclette

      1st October 2018 at 7:37 pm

      The thought of waking up to a wonderful scent of baking sounds wonderful. Maybe it will happen to me one day 😀 You’ve suddenly reminded me of a bit of a song “running through the rain” which I now can’t get out of my head.


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