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Peppered Bacon and Cheese Scones Recipe

Mmm! That's what you'll hear as you serve a platter of these buttery, savory scones. The bacon and cheese flavor combination is a welcomed change of pace to the usual sweet varieties often served at brunch. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Gouda cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese, bacon and shallot.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk and egg until blended; reserve 1 tablespoon buttermilk mixture for brushing tops. Add remaining mixture to crumb mixture; stir just until moistened.
  • 3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Pat dough into an 8-in. circle. Cut into eight wedges. Place wedges on a greased baking sheet. Brush with reserved milk mixture.
  • 4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 8 scones.

Nutritional Facts

1 scone equals 428 calories, 23 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 903 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 16 g protein.