Cheese Scones with bacon and green onions are easy to make without simple ingredients. Takes just a few minutes to bake and less than 30 minutes to bake, perfect for cozy weekend breakfasts.
Saturday morning breakfast is a ritual around my house. Coffee must be brewed, bacon must be fried, and breakfast must be cooked. However, there are some mornings where the weather is perfect for sitting outside.
If you live anywhere in the deep south, you know the weather isn’t favorable for outside sitting very often, so we try to take it in when we can. On those nice mornings, the last thing I want to do is spend my morning in the kitchen cooking, even if it is ritualistic. While sitting on the back porch I love sipping on a fresh pot of coffee, listening to the birds, and eating breakfast.
It usually a breakfast of something simple like biscuits or these scones.
Almost all of the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and can be thrown together pretty quickly to reduce the amount of time in the kitchen.
3 cups all-purpose flour. Bleached or unbleached is fine.
3 tablespoons baking powder. Use fresh baking powder for the best results.
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. If using regular table salt, I would use a little less than 1/2 teaspoon.
1/4 teaspoon black pepper. We use fine ground black pepper, but if you really like pepper fo ahead and use coarse ground and even add more if you want.
1 sprinkle of cayenne pepper. We like just a sprinkle, but feel free to add more if you like to spice things up a bit.
Half pound of Bacon – cooked, drained, and chopped into small pieces. Alternatively you can cut the bacon into small pieces prior to frying off in a skillet. Just make sure you drain it well. When using low sodium bacon you will need to add additional salt to the recipe.
6 ounces of Cheddar Cheese – We prefer shredded sharp cheddar, but feel free to replace the cheese with your favorite hard cheese.
3 green onions – finely sliced. Use both the white and green parts for this. Chives would also be really good in these.
10 tablespoons butter – salted or unsalted. The most important part is that it is cold. You will need to add about 1/4 teaspoon of additional salt when using unsalted.
1 cup buttermilk. One or two more tablespoons of buttermilk may be needed if the dough seems too dry. You can substitute butter milk with homemade sour milk. To make sour milk add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a 1 cup measuring cup and fill the rest of the cup up with milk. Stir to combine and allow it to set for a few minutes until it begins to thicken.
The cheddar and bacon in this scone recipe can be substituted with your other favorite breakfast ingredients. Feel free to reject my ingredients and substitute your own.
Step 1 – We’ll start off by preheating our oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 2 – Then we will need about half a pound of fried bacon that has been chopped up, 6 oz of sharp cheddar cheese, and three green onions that have been chopped up.
Step 3 – Combine three cups of flour, three teaspoons of baking powder, half teaspoon kosher salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Step 4– Mix all of the dry ingredients with a whisk.
Step 5 – Cut ten tablespoons of butter into the flour mixture. You can use your hands, fork, or pastry blender/cutter.
Step 6 – Then add the cheddar, bacon, and green onion and mix well.
Step 7 – Add the buttermilk and mix well again to make a dough. If the dough seems too dry, add another tablespoon or two of buttermilk.
Step 8 – Flour your countertops with about a 1/4 cup of flour and roll out the dough until it’s 3/4 to 1 inch thick. We use our hands to flatten out the dough, but you can use a rolling pin. We try to shape ours into the rough shape of a square. This helps us eyeball 8 equally sized pieces in the shape of triangles.
Step 9 – Cut the dough into eight to ten equally sized pieces. Cut yours up however you like as long as they are roughly the same shape.
Step 10 – Place a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick and removing it. If it’s clean when removed, they’re done. You can also check the temperature, they should be done around 210-212ºF.
Step 11 – Remove from the oven, remove them from the baking sheet and place onto a cooling rack. Let them cool for 10-15 minutes. I like them warm, but not scalding hot.
These are great served with butter. Cream cheese is not a bad idea either!
If you prefer the shape of a biscuit, these can be cut with a biscuit cutter and baked for the same amount of time. Now you have cheese biscuits with bacon!
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Bacon Cheddar and Green Onion Scones
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl except the butter and buttermilk.
- Cut the butter up into small pieces and add to the mix. Mash the butter into the flour with a fork or your hands until the butter is incorporated into the flour.
- Add the buttermilk and mix well.
- Flour your counter tops and pat out your dough until it's roughly 3/4 to 1-inch thick.
- Cut the scones into 8 shapes roughly of the same shape and size.
- Place scones on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the scone. If it's clean when removed, your scones are done!
- If your dough seems too dry, add another tablespoon or two of buttermilk.
- More seasonings can be added if desired.
- Your favorite seasonings can be substituted as well.