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Cheddar Scallion Bacon Scones


Cheddar Scallion Bacon Scones
These savory scones are more moist and tender than traditional British scones. They make great grab-and-go breakfasts for the week, but they also work as brunch for a crowd, or even as a light lunch.
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Ingredients
  1. 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  2. 2 to 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  6. ¼ teaspoon cumin
  7. ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  8. 3 ounces sharp cheddar, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  9. 5 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  10. ½ cup buttermilk
  11. ½ cup crème fraîche
  12. 1 egg
  13. 1 egg yolk
  14. 2 ounces bacon (4 slices), cooked until crisp and roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut 8 tablespoons of the butter into eight pieces. Chill. Take remaining tablespoon of butter and melt, skimming away solids. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter.
  3. Measure out 2 cups all-purpose flour, and in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine with baking powder, salt, baking soda, cumin, cayenne, cheddar, and scallions. Using a paddle attachment, blend in the chilled cut butter until the mixture resembles Grape Nuts and no butter pieces are larger than ¼ inch.
  4. Whisk together the buttermilk, crème fraîche, egg, and egg yolk, and add to flour mixture. Blend until a rough dough forms. If dough is too liquid or sticky, add flour until dough is thick and dry in places. Add the bacon crumbles, and blend an additional 10 seconds to incorporate.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, transfer the dough from the bowl into the greased cake pan. Pat down the top of the dough, and brush with the remaining (melted) butter. Using a knife or dough cutter, cut the dough into eight wedges, like a pie or pizza.
  6. Bake the scones for 50 to 60 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Cut into eight pieces along the score marks, and serve with additional butter or crème fraîche.
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