Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bacon, Cheddar, & Chive Scones

There are two things I very rarely ever do in the kitchen: 1) make a side dish to go with dinner, and 2) make breakfast for breakfast (besides from pouring cereal in a bowl). Now hold on to your seats here... Adam and I actually made breakfast not just one day this past weekend, but both days. In our house that is almost completely unheard of. Okay, well both of these were more like a brunch, but I say it still counts as we never do that either.

Saturday we kept things simple and fast, as Adam has a habit of never mentioning he's hungry until he is starving. Just some cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon, nothing too fancy. As I was scanning through my Google Reader looking for things to eat for dinner in the upcoming week I spotted these Bacon Cheddar Scones from Annie's Eats I had bookmarked a while back. I pretty much had everything on hand, so I figured, why not make something on Sunday, too?

Unlike other scone recipes that involve a ton of tender-love-and-care and lots of down time, these scones came together fairly quickly and went straight into the oven. No rise-time or resting-time involved. That's my kind of baked good.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Chive Scones
Adapted from: Annie's Eats

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons dried chives
10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped or crumbled into small pieces
1 cup buttermilk* (plus up to ½ cup extra, if needed)

1 large egg
2 tbsp. water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and black pepper. Slice the stick of butter into small cubes, then add to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter pieces are about the size of small peas. Add in the grated cheese and mix just until incorporated.

Stir in the chives, bacon, and 1 cup of the buttermilk into the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are incorporated. If the dough is too dry (there is still unincorporated flour remaining) mix in additional buttermilk a tablespoon or two at a time until the dough can be formed into a ball. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat the dough into an 8-inch disk. Slice into 8 wedges.

Separating the wedges, transfer scones to an ungreased baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the egg and water and whisk together. Brush each wedge lightly with the egg wash. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Makes: 8 scones

*If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can simply add 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then add milk up to the 1 cup line. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then use as you would buttermilk.

For being so quick and easy to make, these definitely beat out those hard dry scones you find sitting on the pastry shelves at restaurants. Adam thought they were slightly on the dry side, but nothing a sunny-side up egg wouldn't fix. I thought they were just fine, although really dense. You honestly don't need much more than one of these to cure a grumbling stomach.

These also are easy to freeze (wrap in wax paper followed by aluminum foil), which makes breakfast during the week a snap. Just transfer how ever many scones you want to the fridge the night before, then throw into the microwave for about 45 seconds the next morning, and viola! A warm hearty breakfast in about the same amount of time it takes you to pour a bowl of cereal.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 511Calories from fat 269
% Daily Value
Total Fat 29.8g46%
Saturated Fat 15.4g77%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 953mg40%
Total Carbs 39.1g13%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugars 1.8g
Protein 20.9g
Vitamin A 13%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 29%Iron 17%


  1. I still haven't made scones yet :( These sound so good and easy to make. I like the idea of a savory scone better than sweet.

  2. Ooh. You've mentioned my favourite scones in the world. Whenever I get back home to Scotland I have a cheddar scone.... but these look so much better with the bacon in them too!

  3. Oooo, girl - I am loving these! I really love savory scones, and when there's bacon involved, I'm there! Great job!

  4. We, instead, love making breakfast/brunch and we host them often at our home. We sure need to try these scones because we love savory scones and because you said the magic word "bacon" not to love these!

  5. This flavor combo sounds amazing! I love breakfast but rarely make it on the weekdays. This sounds like a perfect brunch item!

  6. These look perfect! I love big breakfasts on the weekend even if I have to make them myself!

  7. Love this combo and you've done them perfectly..Yummy!

  8. Mmm bacon in scones, now those are my kind of scones! I love the additions of cheddar cheese and dried chives too. I've never made savory scones before and I think it's about time after seeing your incredible scones! :)

  9. Ive been seeing savory scones popping up a lot recently and I really want to try one! I've never had a scone and these look and sound amazing.

  10. What a great combination! Looks delicious.



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