As I updated my recipe index page, I realized that I'm woefully lacking in breakfast recipes. Granted, many of the breads can be eaten at breakfast, but I feel I need to make more of an effort to post breakfast-type recipes, so I've decided that Tuesday will be our breakfast food day! My dear husband ordered me Rebecca Rather's The Pastry Queen cookbook, and it was waiting for me when I returned from the conference, which, by the way, I am still recovering. We arrived home at 11:30 pm on Saturday, so I only had Sunday to rest, and I was back at work yesterday. I think the compressed air in planes suck the energy right out of you, or maybe I'm just getting old...
Anyway, the cookbook is fabulous, filled with gorgeous pictures, and I was flipping through I saw the most delectable looking scones. Now, I love a scone, but a scone with bacon and cheese is pure, unadulterated deliciousness. I knew I had to make them. I stayed fairly true to the recipe as written, except I chose to use self-rising flour, along with a combination of buttermilk and cream rather than all buttermilk. The result is a perfect scone, seriously, this is an awesome pastry. I also chose to make these into small squares rather than the traditional triangle. Delicious and perfect for both breakfast and brunch - hope you enjoy!
Apple-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones Printable recipe
3 cups self-rising flour
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 16 cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 oz mild cheddar cheese, shredded
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 green onions, sliced
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Liberally dust a large sheet of parchment paper with all-purpose flour; set aside.
Cut butter into self-rising flour, until flour is crumbly.
Mix in shredded cheese, bacon, green onions, and black pepper.
Gently stir in the buttermilk and cream - be careful to just mix together. If you overwork the dough, you'll have tough scones.
Pat out dough onto prepared piece of parchment paper and cut into squares.
Lift entire piece of parchment onto a large baking sheet.
Beat egg and water together, then brush onto top of scones.