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Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 24 minutes

Servings: 8 large scones

We usually think of scones as sweet, not savory. But these rich, tender scones are packed with chunks of cheddar cheese and diced bacon, and accented with fresh chives. Serve them with soup or a salad for a satisfying meal.

Ingredients

  2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Pastry Flour Blend

  1 tsp salt

  1 Tbs baking powder

  2 tsp sugar

  4 Tbs (2 ounces) cold butter

  1 cup (4 ounces) very coarsely grated or diced cheddar cheese

  1/3 cup (abut 1/2 ounce) snipped fresh chives or finely diced scallion tops (the green part)

  1/2 lb (8 ounces) bacon, cooked, cooled, and crumbled (about 1 cup)

  3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (7 ounces) heavy cream or whipping cream, or enough to make the dough cohesive

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment.

Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Work the butter into the flour until the mixture is unevenly crumbly, with some of the butter remaining in larger pieces.

Mix in the cheese, chives, and bacon until evenly distributed.

Add 3/4 cup of the cream, stirring to combine. Try squeezing the dough together; if it's crumbly and won't hang together, or if there are crumbs remaining in the bottom of the bowl, add cream until the dough comes together. Transfer the shaggy dough to a well-floured work surface.

Pat the dough into a smooth 7" disk about 3/4" thick. Transfer the disk to the prepared baking sheet. Use a knife or bench knife to cut the disk into 8 wedges, spreading the wedges apart a bit on the pan.

Brush the scones with a bit of cream; this will help their crust brown.

Bake the scones for 22 to 24 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pan. Serve warm, or at room temperature.


Nutritional Information:

Calories 460

Total Fat 32g 

Saturated Fat 16g 

Cholesterol 90mg 

Sodium 1060mg 

Total Carbohydrate 26g 

Dietary Fiber 1g 

Sugars 2g

Protein 18g