Bacon Cheddar and Chive Scones

(originally made 6/2011)

A while back Tim saw a company on Food Network that made bacon and cheddar biscuits.    I went to the site, thinking it would make a nice gift for his bday or Father's day, and didn't like the price.    I searched Foodgawker and have been collecting recipes to try and decided on this one yesterday.   It's from the Lemon Drop blog.

I omitted the chives and black pepper (next time I'll add a little maybe 1/4t).   I used 2c of cheese instead of 1 1/2.   I didn't always remember to redip the cutter into the flour, so it dragged on a few and made the biscuits a little more squat, so don't skip that step!    These were simple, delicious and we all loved them. 

 Bacon Cheddar and Chive scones

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  3               cups  all purpose flour
  1         tablespoon  baking powder
  1           teaspoon  salt
  1           teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper -- omitted
     1/2           cup  cold butter -- grated with large side of food grater
  1 1/2           cups  shredded sharp cheddar cheese -- used 2c
  3        tablespoons  snipped chives -- omitted
  10            slices  bacon -- cooked to crisp and crumbled
  1 1/4            cup  buttermilk
  1              large  egg
  2        tablespoons  heavy cream (half and half works fine too)

PREHEAT oven to 400F
LINE a cookie sheet with parchment paper
IN LARGE BOWL, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt
ADD butter and cut in more with a fork; dough should be crumbly with bits of butter peaking out everywhere
ADD cheddar, chives and bacon. Stir in with fork
ADD buttermilk. Stir again with fork until it starts to clump together in a shaggy dough
ON A FLOUR DUSTED WORK SURFACE, mound up the dough into a loose ball. Then gently pat down to 1/4 inch thick
FOLD the dough in 1/2 and gently pat down again to 1/4" thickness
FOLD the dough in 1/2 one more time and pat down to 1/2" thickness
PLACE on cookie sheet
COMBINE egg and cream in a bowl whisking til combined
WITH PASTRY BRUSH, brush egg mixture onto tops of scones. If you like, feel free to sprinkle a bit of sea salt on the tops before baking
WITH BACK OF A TEASPOON, press a small indent into the center of each scone
BAKE for 18-20 minutes until golden brown
ALLOW to cool 5 minutes on a baking rack then indulge !



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