Yes, I’ve been a bit absent, but I’ve been distracted and don’t feel one bit guilty about it (okay, maybe just a little). We’re so busy taking care of last minute things to get ready for baby Ruf. I don’t think I’ve cooked a meal in more than a week. Yikes! We’ve been having our ‘last meals’ out with friends, running errands after work, cleaning out the freezer, etc.
So this weekend, Andy and I didn’t plan anything except to just take care of things around the house and hang-out with each other. Of course, we ended up doing more than we planned to but it’s been nice. I really didn’t end up cooking much again, but that’s ok. We had a bunch of veggies from our garden and pesto caprese sandwiches. Works for us!
It also happened to be my week to host Project Pastry Queen and I chose Bacon and Cheddar Scones. Bacon and cheddar in a scone?!? Yummy! I also made a plain batch for slathering with butter and jelly.
- 3 C flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 C chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 ½ C grated Cheddar cheese
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into 1” pieces
- ¾ – 1 ½ C buttermilk (I used all of it)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
- Gradually cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles small peas.
- Add grated cheese and mix until just combined.
- Add green onions, bacon, and ¾ C of the buttermilk to flour and cheese mixture.
- Mix by hand until just incorporated. If dough is too dry to hold together, use remaining buttermilk, adding 1 Tbls at a time, until dough is pliable and can be formed into a ball.
- Remove dough from bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface.
- Pat dough into a ball.
- Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten dough into a circle about 8” wide and ½” thick.
- Cut dough into 8-10 wedges.
- Whisk egg and water in a small mixing bowl to combine.
- Brush each wedge with egg wash.
- Place scones on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 18-20 min, or until golden brown.
- Best served warm.
Scones can be made in a mixer but for the lightest, fluffiest scones, they are best made by hand and handled as little as possible.