Apple-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe comes courtesy of Rebecca Rather--her new cookbook is entitled The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From The Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery And Cafe--I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl on low speed.
  3. With the mixer running, gradually add the cubes of butter until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour-butter bits about the size of small peas.
  4. Add the grated cheese; mix just until blended.
  5. ~~(Or, in a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Gradually cut butter in with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles small peas. Stir in cheese).
  6. Add the green onions, bacon and 3/4 cup buttermilk to the flour and cheese mixture.
  7. Mix by hand just until the ingredients are incorporated.
  8. If the dough is too dry to hold together,use the remaining buttermilk,adding one tablespoon at a time, until dough is pliable and can be formed into a ball.
  9. Stir as lightly and as little as possible to ensure a light-textured scone.
  10. Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly floured flat surface.
  11. Pat the dough into a ball.
  12. Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten the dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick.
  13. Cut the dough into 8 to 10 wedges, depending on the size scone you prefer.
  14. Whisk the egg and water in a small mixing bowl.
  15. Brush each wedge with the egg wash.
  16. Place scones on an ungreased baking sheet; bake 18-20 minutes,or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle.
  17. Serve warm.


Most Helpful

These were easy to make, and absolutely fabulous. They were the first thing to disappear from the breakfast table on Easter Sunday, and I have a feeling that I will be getting a lot of requests for them in the future. Thanks for the recipe, Peggy Lynn!

394mm493 April 10, 2007

Tasty scones! Good flavor and texture. I also needed most of the buttermilk, and I had to cook them a little longer than 20 minutes (could be my oven). Next time I would cut back a bit on the pepper, and the salt (that might be because I used salted butter). I might also try adding some herbs...dill, maybe?

MaryMc March 10, 2007

Oh my, how delicious the scones turned out! I followed the directions, using a thick-cut bacon, subbing diced sweet onion for the green onions (forgot to get), and reduced the pepper to 1 teaspoon b/c granddaughter was going to have breakfast with us. I needed all the liquid called for the dough to hold together. The scones smelled wonderful and tasted even better. The kids loved them and 2 yr old DGD did too. Definitely recommend this recipe for a savory treat! (Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow morning for breakfast!)

Impera_Magna April 09, 2006

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