Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So Many Scones | So Little Time

Bacon Cheddar Scones
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (I'd probably use less)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (or Monterey Jack, Havarti, Habanero Cheddar, etc.)
  • 4 green onions
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (substitute half the amount with cream for a richer scone)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.

2. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour-butter bits the size of peas.

3. Stir in the cheese until just blended.

4. Add the green onions, bacon and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Mix just until the ingredients are incorporated. If dough is too dry to hold together, add the remaining buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough can be formed into a ball. Stir as little as possible to ensure a light- textured scone.

5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and pat it into a ball. Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten the dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 to 10 equal wedges.

6. Whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl. Brush each wedge with the egg wash. Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle. Serve warm. Makes 8-10 scones.
Just one of many fabulous recipes for my favorite teatime treat is pictured above. All of the recipes and many more photos can be found by clicking on Let Them Eat Scones

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Linda said...

Even after a day totally absorbed by feasting prep, these scones sound positively scrumptious and like a breakfast to go. I shall whip up a batch just as soon as the kitchen gets back to normal. Happy Thanksgiving, dear Rosemary. Linda

The Queen Vee said...

I love scones and these look deadly delicious. Maybe I'll make them for Catherine and William's wedding this coming April when a few of my friends will gather to watch and celebrate their nuptials with a good old fashioned British tea party.