From Thomas Keller: “Scones baked in a convection oven will have a slightly higher rise and more even color. We wanted a savory scone in our repertoire, and because scones are traditionally eaten at breakfast, adding bacon — with its great flavor and power to enrich — was a natural. We incorporated another flavorful fat in the form of cheddar cheese, as well as chives for their oniony note and vivid color. No surprise that this is our most popular scone.
“Leftover scones, traditional or savory, can be frozen, then pulverized and used as a crunchy topping for other foods. For instance, the bacon cheddar scone would be great on corn muffins. And don’t think of these only as a breakfast treat: They are terrific for dinner. I could make a meal of a good salad and a couple of these scones.” (see recipe at left)
Bacon Cheddar Scones
Makes 12 scones.
Note: From “Bouchon Bakery” by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel (Artisan Books, 2012). The somewhat odd volume measurements reflect the shift from measuring by weight, which Keller prefers. Actually, he considers it essential.
• 3/4 c. plus 1 tsp. (107 grams) all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 c. plus 1/2 tbsp. (196 grams) cake flour
• 1 1/2 plus 1/8 tsp. (8.1 grams) baking powder
• 3/8 tsp. (1.6 grams) baking soda
• 2 tbsp. plus 3/4 tsp. (27 grams) granulated sugar
• 1 1/4 tsp. (3.6 grams) kosher salt
• 4.7 oz. (132 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-in. pieces
• 1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. (71 grams) heavy cream, plus additional for brushing
• 1/4 c. plus 2 1/2 tbsp. (89 grams) crème fraîche
• 12 oz. (340 grams) Hobbs applewood-smoked bacon, cooked, drained, and cut into 1/8-inch pieces (77 grams cooked weight)
• 2 c. (144 grams) grated white Cheddar cheese
• 1/4 c. minced chives
• 1/2 c. (36 grams) grated white Cheddar cheese
• Freshly ground black pepper
Place the all-purpose flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Sift in the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar and mix on the lowest setting for about 15 seconds to combine. Add the salt and mix to combine. Stop the mixer, add the butter and, on the lowest setting (to keep the flour from flying out of the bowl), pulse to begin incorporating the butter. Increase the speed to low and mix for about 3 minutes to break up the butter and incorporate it into the dry mixture. If any large pieces of butter remain, stop the mixer, break them up by hand, and mix until just incorporated.
With the mixer running, slowly pour in the cream. Add the crème fraîche and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds, until all of the dry ingredients are moistened and the dough comes together around the paddle. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and paddle and pulse again to combine. Add the bacon, the 2 cups cheese, and the chives and pulse to incorporate.
Mound the dough on the work surface and, using the heel of your hand or a pastry scraper, push it together. Place the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and, using your hands, press it into a 7-by-9-inch block, smoothing the top. Press the sides of your hands against the sides of the dough to straighten them. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours, until firm.
Line a sheet pan with a Silpat or parchment paper. Cut the block of dough lengthwise in half and then cut each half crosswise into 6 rectangles. Arrange them on the prepared sheet pan, leaving space between them. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until frozen solid, at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. (The scones can remain in the freezer for up to 1 month.)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (convection) or 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with a Silpat or parchment paper.
Arrange the frozen scones 1 inch apart on the sheet pan. Brush the tops with cream and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and black pepper. Bake until golden brown, 24 to 27 minutes in a convection oven, 33 to 36 minutes in a standard oven. Set the sheet on a cooling rack and cool completely.
The scones are best the day they are baked, but they can be stored in a covered container for 1 day.
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 307 Carbohydrates 23 g Protein 9 g Fat 20 g Saturated fat 12 g Cholesterol 58 mg Sodium 470 mg
Calcium 140 mg
Dietary fiber 1 g