Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to-sday - Making Cheddar Scones

I love scones.  I like them for breakfast, for an afternoon snack, for a side with a soup or stew meal, and especially with my evening tea while watching mystery.  I experiment with scone recipes and scone ingredients.  This time I am going to demonstrate how to make a quick and easy savory scone, Cheddar Cornmeal Scones. 

This scone can be served with tea or with a meal.  It is great with a beef stew or chili and for breakfast a great accompaniment to Huevos Rancheros.  It is perfect with a stronger flavored tea, like Irish Breakfast.  Although the recipe makes 6 nice sized wedges, I think I would cut it into 12 pieces to make them easier to handle. Oh and by the way, you don’t need a full sized food processor to do this, as you can see I don’t have one!

Cheddar Cornmeal Scones

¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup yellow cornmeal
2 tsp. sugar
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Dash of cayenne
3 T unsalted butter, cut into pieces
¾ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 large egg, separated
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Into the bowl of a food processor add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, cayenne and salt.  Pulse on and off to combine. 

Add the butter bits and process for approx. 10 seconds or until the mixture is like course meal. 

Add the grated cheese, milk and egg yolk.  Process for a few more seconds, just until the dough forms.

Turn out the dough onto the floured bread board. 

Knead the dough about 10 times. 

Pat the dough out with your hands to form an 8 inch circle.  

Using a knife, dipped in flour, cut the dough into 6 wedges.

Place the wedges onto a greased baking sheet.  Brush tops with a beaten egg.  Sprinkle with a little additional grated cheddar cheese. 

Bake for 17 minutes or until golden.

I have done other listings with herbal scones and the process to make those is about the same.  If you want to see my other recipes check out "Scones" in the search.  If you are looking for scone mixes or scone mixes with tea recommendations , see our website for all the newest mixes:  http://www.backyardpatch.com/.

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