August 3, 2010

eat your heart out, hardee's

I've previously waxed poetic about fruity scones and their uselessness to me. It's like I expect all the fluffy and pleasing deliciousness that muffins are known to deliver and am always let down by the dry texture and not-so-sweet flavor of the scone.

Iiiiiiiit's BACON!

Things have taken a turn now that I've been introduced to the savory scone. When eyeing its flecks of meat and cheese, one expects it to be reminiscent of a biscuit--less sugary and even a bit crumbly. The added bonus with a scone is that instead of having to construct your breakfast biscuit by hand (adding layers of bacon, cheese, egg, and the like), it's already built in!


This particular batch was made to suit my tastes--I mixed in a healthy dose of shredded pepper jack cheese and a heaping helping of crumbled bacon. The sprinkling of salt and fresh-ground black pepper on top really turned on the taste buds and added a lovely look to the scones. Bonus--the amount of grease involved is incomparable to what ends up in orders from a fast food place.

Better-Than-a-Breakfast-Biscuit Scones
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 cup bacon, cooked to crispy and chopped

Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine the dry ingredients and cut in the butter until a coarse, crumbly mixture is formed. Mix in the buttermilk, cheese, and bacon using a fork until everything is moistened and then turn the batter out onto a floured surface. Form into 2 6-inch wide disks. Apply an egg wash and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cut each disk into 6 wedges. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.

69 comments:

erin said...

This sounds like such a delicious idea! I am going to have to try these!

Abby said...

If you make that a chicken biscuit I'm SOLD. (But I'm with you on the scone thing. Too dry for me. Although I've been wanting to try a chocolate-chip version... Stop me.)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love scones and those are definitely a winner!

Cheers,

Rosa

Mimi said...

I love scones. Not the ones at that coffee store which are dry, crumbly, and fairly tasteless, but homemade ones with lots of butter and buttermilk in them. Which I see you have included in your recipe.
Mimi

jose manuel said...

Que foto, dan ganas de coger un trozo dese aquí.

Estupenda receta. Saludos

vanillasugar said...

sweet jesus grace, those are just fabulous! let's eat a bunch of them with hot coffee and not complain but giggle away?

Foodessa said...

Grace...you certainly know how to simplfy recipes and flavour them up real good.
I've never truly been keen on scones...exactly because I don't fancy their dryer type texture.
Yours don't look dry at all. They also look so incredibly appetizing. Hubby would love these ;o)

Ciao for now and have a fabulous week,
Claudia

Anonymous said...

Is the bacon precooked?

oneordinaryday said...

Now that's a breakfast! Yum!

Cheryl said...

Are you kidding me! I am making this tomorrow, I have everything in my fridge to make it now!!!!!!

April in CT said...

Must. Have. SOON. Oh my word, that looks like heaven tucked into a scone! BACON!!! CHEESE!!!

Beth said...

I got up, went to the kitchen, and made this as soon as I saw this post. I can't wait to taste one in the morning!

Carolyn Jung said...

I thought I spied bacon in there. Mmm, can practically smell that fatty, smoky goodness through the computer screen. LOL

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I like the idea of scones. When done right, they are perfection. This usually requires a fair amount of butter. Now, your addition of bacon ... how can one possibly go wrong?! I echo the others: these scones are getting made very very soon.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Bacon and Pepper Jack? I'm there!

Chanel11 said...

My - husbands stomach will be hounding me for these now - it's one big grease lover (not the movie)

Laetitia said...

your scone recipe looks so gooood!

LilSis said...

WOW! These are right up my alley!! I'm not a sweet eater and I don't bake a lot, but throw some bacon and pepper jack cheese in the mix and I'm in!!

I'm going to try these and I hope I don't screw them up.

I'm drooling...

Julie said...

You know, I'm trying to go back on a diet...this isn't helping. Looks so yummy!

Melanie said...

I agree...it's all about the savory scones. With bacon? Even better.

Angie said...

You know how many miles we drive to get to a Hardee's It's ridiculous. This will make me forget about my Hardee's craving, perfect breakfast. (I don't care for scones either)

Lucie said...

Mmmmm...I still have fond memories of an amazing cheddar scone I had last year. I would give anything for a pepperjack version right now!

Lisa-Marie said...

Savoury scones, in fact scones in general, are a staple for us, but i've never had them with bacon! I tend to do herby ones or cheese ones, but normally to serve with soup or something. I must investigate the addition of meat I think!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh my yes, yes and yes please Grace! That looks SO good! :D

TKW said...

I'm a scone-hater, too. But come on--bacon? You might have just converted me.

Barbara said...

I love all kinds of scones, Grace...even the ones with raisins or cranberries. (wouldn't you like a cinnamon scone?)But I can't deny the savory ones are every bit as appealing. And with cheese and bacon? Outstanding!

Julie M. said...

Grace, you had me at bacon. This scone looks so good that I don't think I would want to share it with anyone. It's mine!

Amanda said...

I have never been a scone lover, but I think you just converted me. :)

lisa is cooking said...

Hooray for finding a scone you enjoy! This is a great breakfast on the go solution too. And, I want to go and bake some savory scones.

LyB said...

Why am I looking at this before breakfast? Why don't I have any pepperjack cheese? Or bacon? These are definitely going on the menu for this weekend!

marla@familyfreshcooking.com said...

This is so creative. At first I thought that piece of bacon was a berry. These would be great fresh out of the oven with hot maple syrup. yummmmm

Ingrid said...

Oh, yeah! I like breakfast sandwiches but seriously dislike that they fall apart. Plus, they never really have enough bacon your scones look like they are loaded in with it!
~ingrid

kat said...

The baker at our farmers market makes these sometimes & adds sundried tomatoes, yum!

Pam said...

Nice. I love anything with bacon! I've never thought to make savory scones but I am now. Bookmarked.

Gloria said...

Looks so good Grace! x gloria

Alisa said...

This is fabulous!I can just imagine how wonderful this must taste like, I'll definitely be making this soon.If you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You are my hero!!!!

Ashleigh

WizzyTheStick said...

Shhhh don't tell anyone but I've never had a scone:-) Your savoury version makes me thinks it's time I did.

Jaime said...

mmmmm bacon :) you've got me sold.

and yes i'd rather have carrot cake too but those cookies were way easier/faster!

grace said...

When I saw the picture, I thought that the bacon was pepperoni and I was into it. Then I read that it was bacon and I was even more into it. This sounds so simple, I can't believe it!

Marjie said...

Bacon right in your breakfast bread! Magical!

Hungry Dog said...

Savory scones are my favorite! This is the second post in a row I'm reading about bacon in some sort of baked good. It's giving me a major hankering for something like bacon pizza.

Lynda said...

Bacon and pepper jack in a scone-brilliant! Why haven't I thought of this before? I love this idea Grace...what a super job!

hannah {thepastrykook} said...

Now this is what i call a real scone. ooh boy

Julia said...

I think the bacon grease also keeps the scone moist and tender! I have a similar recipe, but I also add a bit of mustard and scallions. I don't use pepper jack, but I *really* like that idea too. :)

Joanne said...

I had a muffiny fruity scone. Once. And it blew my mind. They are hard to come by though.

The savory scone? A work of art.

Lindsey @ pickyeatings said...

Bacon makes everything better. I also bet I could get my husband to eat these, even though he claims to not like scones...

The Blonde Duck said...

Grace, you're brilliant. Brilliant.

Drooling now.

Teanna said...

Oooohhh the savory scone. I remember when I first discovered the wonders of a savory scone. It had pancetta and cheese and chives.... this brings back all of those wonderful memories.

Drooooooooooooooooooool.

Lori said...

That is one, mighty fine looking scone Grace.

bellini valli said...

Bacon in my scones, I am there.

Julie M. said...

Grace, thank you so much for the kind words regarding my anniversary. It was so sweet of you. Have a wonderful weekend!

shaz said...

Oh my..the close up shot is just SO intense Grace. I want bacon now! Definitely a great time-saving breakfast idea too.

Btw, sweet scones usually get slathered in clotted cream to counteract the un-fluffiness factor I think.

laura said...

Well, grace, these look perfectly irresistible. Definitely a worthy breakfast splurge!

Angie's Recipes said...

I bet your family is all spoiled with all your creative and delicious treat!

kimberleyblue said...

I'm not a fan of scones either - they always seem so dry!

Though add a bit of bacon...now I'm tempted. These would be great to use as the base for a fried egg sandwich.

Chef Dennis said...

now thats a great way to enjoy your breakfast all in one scone! I love the idea of savory scones, and of course I love bacon!!!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Wow, this is a winner. A breakfast scone is the best idea... I mean, a savoury breakfast scone.

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, these sound amazing with the bacon and cheese in them - yum! Wish I had one to start my day tomorrow!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I'm glad you've made your peace with scones :). These look like a very hearty satisfying breakfast.

Y said...

I saw 'bacon' and knew I had to read on. And then the cheese. Awesome. By the way, I've always thought of scones as being vehicles for jam and clotted cream. Which is why I love them so much :)

foodhoe said...

dang, those pictures are enough to give a girl heart failure... I've got to try these!

The Teacher Cooks said...

These are now on my agenda to show my students. Otherwise I would eat all of them. Delicious.

Catherine said...

Grace... these look TOO good! I'm with you on the savoury preference, these will HAVE to be tried!

Chef Fresco said...

Yum!! Maybe if Michael is lucky, I shall make this for him one Saturday morning. :)

Albany Jane said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

I made some scones with sausage in it, and 2nd the awesomeness of savory, meaty scones.

Deborah said...

Ummm, YUM! That's all there really is to say about this one!

Lisa said...

I'll have to agree with you about the fruit: just leave it out of my scone! My favorite scone is Chocolate Hazelnut but Cheese and Bacon sounds like a close runner up!

Sasha said...

I'm sorry to hear about your sour attitude toward fruity scones but at least you've found refuge in the savory ones!
Great blog : )