Bacon Cheddar Scones

When my buddy Thomas Keller and I were coming up with recipes for Bouchon Bakery Cookbook, we wanted to have something savory. We decided to add cheese and bacon to scones, and they are quite delicious. From Bouchon Bakery © 2012 by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel, published by Artisan Books. All rights reserved
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cake flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 teaspoon salt

1/3 teaspoon baking soda

1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced

1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more to brush on scones

1/3 cup crème fraîche

1/2 cup bacon, cooked and diced

1 1/4 cups white cheddar, grated, plus more for the top

1/4 cup Chives, minced

black pepper

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add both flours, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder; mix on low speed to combine. Add butter, a little at a time, followed by salt. Continue to mix until the mixture has a “sandy” texture, about 5 minutes. Add heavy cream and crème fraîche, followed by the cheese, bacon, and chives. Continue mixing until just combined.
  2. Place dough on a cutting board and wrap in plastic. Using a rolling pin, shape into a rectangle (about 7x9-inches) and chill for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 F. Once dough is chilled, cut it into rectangles and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush tops with heavy cream and add more cheese. Finish with freshly grated black pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Scones are done when golden brown and the cheese is melted.