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Sage, Bacon and Cheddar Scones Recipe

September 11th, 2013 by alice  Tags: , , , | Print This Post Print This Post

INGREDIENTS

  1. 4cupsall-purpose flour
  2. 4teaspoonsbaking powder
  3. 1 1/2teaspoonsbaking soda
  4. 4teaspoonssugar
  5. 1/2teaspoonsalt
  6. 4tablespoons finely choppedfresh sage leaves
  7. 10tablespoons unsalted coldbutter, cut into pieces
  8. 5tablespoons chopped or crumbled crisplycooked bacon
  9. 1 1/2cups gratedcheddar cheese, old or sharp
  10. 2largeeggs, slightly beaten
  11. 1cupbuttermilk, well shaken
  12. cream or evaporated milk, to brush tops

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F and grease or line with parchment a large baking sheet.
  2. Into a large bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. Cut in butter until it resembles meal.
  4. Stir in sage, bacon and cheddar until well distributed.
  5. Blend eggs with 2/3 cup buttermilk and stir into the dry ingredients with enough of the remaining buttermilk (and a few extra tbsp of buttermilk if needed) until the mixture just forms a dough (it will be just slightly sticky).
  6. Gather into a ball and knead very gently about 3 or 4 times (I do this right in the bowl).
  7. Divide dough into 3 approximately equal parts.
  8. Pat each part of dough into a thick circle about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
  9. With a sharp knife cut into 6 to 8 wedges.
  10. Place scones about 1 inch apart on prepared pan.
  11. Brush tops with a little cream or evaporated milk, this helps with browning and can be omitted if desired.
  12. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until done and golden.

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