One of our family traditions is to have reading breakfast picnics throughout the year. The kids get so excited anticipating the next one. It’s always a surprise when they wake up on a weekend morning with everything set up for our picnic! Since this next week is the official start of Fall, we had our Fall reading breakfast picnic this past weekend. We all snuggle together taking turns picking a book to read out loud to each other. I’ll leave it set up for the rest of the morning usually and find my daughter back snuggled up reading even more books to herself. It’s great time to spend as a family and it never hurts that they’re getting in that extra reading time!
The week before, I request a few new Fall books from the library to pickup to go along with our large collection we already have at home. The morning of, I gather the books, a blanket and make a special treat for breakfast. Since we’re reading all about Fall, and have a lot of apple books to go along with it, I chose to make apple cinnamon scones. I made them while everyone was still asleep so they woke up to a house smelling like yummy Fall and knew it was a picnic day!
- 2 3/4 cups All-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter cut into small cubes
- 1 cup peeled chopped fresh apples, about 1 large apple (I used gala)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp whole milk
- *Try to use organic ingredients when possible.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter (2 forks work well if you don't have a pastry cutter), work in the cubed butter just until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the chopped apples.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and applesauce. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until moistened and a rough dough forms.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle a little flour on top. Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment paper and divide it in half. Gently pat and round each half into a 5 inch circle about 3/4 inch thick. Run a knife under cold water and slice each circle into 6 wedges. Gently pull away the wedges from the center and separate them for there is about 1/2 inch space between them. Place the pan in the freezer uncovered while you preheat the oven to 425.
- Bake the scones for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and baked through. While the scones are baking make your glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and milk in a small bowl and stir until smooth. When scones are cooled, drizzle with glaze and serve.
Our family loves this little tradition and can’t wait to have many more reading picnics for the upcoming holidays. Keep an eye out, in the next week or so as I’ll be sharing our new favorite Halloween books for this year!