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Macknade Champions the Kentish Apple in new recipe

With a well-established food hall in Faversham and a brand-new deli & dining experience in Ashford, independent grocer Macknade is well-positioned in Kent to select the finest local apples. And what better way to use those apples than to whip up a batch of delightful apple and cheese scones to warm your cockles as the weather starts to turn.

Fresh from the oven-apple and cheese scones.

As Kent begins to harvest the best the orchards have to offer, why not enjoy the apple season with this savoury scone recipe. A fine selection of heritage apple varieties from local supplier Brogdale are now in store at Macknade.

These scones combine crisp green apples with the characterful Winterdale Shaw, a traditional clothbound cheese made near Sevenoaks. Serve warm with butter, extra cheese, and apple, or red onion marmalade.

Here is everything you need to know if you’re planning to bake these delicious scones.

INGREDIENTS

300g self-raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

75g cold butter-cubed

125g of Kentish Winterdale Shaw (or other hard Kentish cheese)

1 tsp fresh herbs (we used tarragon but thyme or rosemary also work well)

1 grated Kentish green apple

1 good handful of Italian olives, coarsely chopped

1 egg

115ml of milk

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200 degrees / gas mark 4 and prepare baking sheet – oiled or with baking paper.

Mix flour and baking powder before rubbing in cold butter to create breadcrumbs.

Stir ¾ of the cheese and the herbs, apples and olives into the mix.

Whisk egg and combine with milk before pouring into the centre of the mixture.

Use a blunt knife to stir and combine a soft dough. Transfer to a floured surface and knead gently before flattening with your hands to approx. 2cm thick.

Cut rounds with a small cutter (easier if straight-sided) until all pastry is used and place on baking tray.

Top with remaining cheese and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Find out more about Macknade here.

Macknade Flagship, Faversham open Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Macknade Elwick Place, Ashford open Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm (Opening late until 9pm every Friday & Saturday starting August 21st)

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