McFlay McScones

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Roasted Tomatoes:

6 plum tomatoes, cored, sliced 1/4-inch thick

2 cloves garlic 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 cup olive oil 

1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs, such as parsley, rosemary and thyme

1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs, such as parsley, rosemary and thyme 

Ham and Cheese Scones:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

1 tablespoon baking powder 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 

3 large eggs, plus 1 egg for egg wash 

3/4 cup COLD heavy cream, plus for egg wash

Dash hot sauce 

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) COLD unsalted butter, diced 

8 ounces Muenster cheese, cut into small dice 

One 1-inch thick piece of smoked ham, cut into small dice (6 ounces)

1 egg, beaten with a touch of heavy cream

Assembly:

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon canola oil 

8 large eggs 

4 ounces watercress 

Directions

Special equipment:
a 3-inch biscuit cutter
  1. For the roasted tomatoes: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the tomatoes out on the prepared baking sheet. Smash the garlic cloves with your knife blade; mince, sprinkle with some salt, and then smear to a paste using flat side of the knife. Whisk together the oil, herbs and garlic; drizzle over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the tomatoes until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Set aside.
  3. For the scones: Adjust the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. In a second bowl, whisk together the 3 eggs, cream and hot sauce until combined.
  5. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Add the wet ingredients and the cheese and ham to the dry ingredients; mix until a dough just comes together--the dough should be wet.
  6. Transfer the dough to a generously floured work surface and pat out to a 1-inch thickness. Cut into rounds using a 3-inch biscuit cutter; transfer the rounds to the prepared baking sheet, spaced a few inches apart. Re-roll the scraps and cut more scones. Beat the remaining 1 egg with a touch of heavy cream; brush the scones with the egg wash.
  7. Bake the scones until golden brown on top and bottom, about 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely.
  8. To assemble the McScones: Slice the scones in half horizontally. Put 2 or 3 roasted tomato slices on the bottom halves.
  9. Heat the butter and oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Fry the eggs, in batches if needed, until the whites are set and the yolks still runny, about 2 to 3 minutes; season with a little salt and pepper just before done. Using the biscuit cutter, cut the eggs around the yolks to make rounds that fit the scones.
  10. Set the eggs on the scones, atop the tomato slices; add a bit of watercress, and finish up with the top half of each scone. Serve immediately.

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