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Peppered Bacon and Cheese Scones

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.
  • Makes
    8 scones


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


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese, bacon and shallot.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk until blended; reserve 1 tablespoon mixture for brushing scones. Stir remaining mixture into crumb mixture just until moistened.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Pat dough into an 8-in. circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges on a greased baking sheet. Brush with reserved buttermilk mixture.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 scone: 433 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 718mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.
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  • mairy
    Mar 12, 2019

    This is wonderful and freezes well. Great to have on hand for a quick breakfast or lunch.

  • Barb Teichreb
    Sep 9, 2012

    Absolutely for sure!!!