A very close friend of mine who happens to be English, first intoduced me to scones, which she bakes frequently. A visit to her home for “a cuppa’ always included freshly baked scones, warm from the oven, and falling apart tender. They were served with some of her homemade jam and butter. These were as comforting as comfort food can get.
I made myself a promise that I would learn to bake scones, too; and I did.
Over the years I have experimented with various flavor combinations, some of which I plan to share with you in the future. The recipe I have for you today, however, is one I found recently in the Pillsbury Bakeoff 100 Winning Recipes booklet. I made a minor modification from the original recipe as published. I baked them on a Saturday morning, and Mr. D., my husband. ate three of them warm from the oven with his coffee; ( and I ate two, HA!)
The sweetness of dates coupled with the smokey saltiness of bacon and hint of orange work so well together. I’m sure you will want to try them. They are very easy to make, but as with all scones, remember to handle the dough as minimally as possible for the most tender outcome.
Bacon-Date Scones with Orange Maramlade Glaze
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 6 tablespoons cold butter
- 1/2 cup chopped precooked bacon
- 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with no-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, orange zest and baking powder; mix well. Using pastry blender or fork, cut in 6 tablespoons butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
- In a small bowl, stir together bacon, dates and nuts. Stir 1 cup of this mixture into the flour mixture; set aside the remaining bacon mixture. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In another small bowl, lightly beat cream and egg together with wire whisk. Pour into well of flour mixture. Stir with fork until flour mixture is moistened. Gently form into 2 balls.
- Place one ball on each cookie sheet, and pat them into 8-inch rounds. Using a knife dipped into flour, cut each round into 8 wedges; do not separate. Sprinkle top of each round with remaining bacon mixture, pressing lightly into dough.
- Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
- 1/2 cup Orange Marmalade
- 2 tablespoons butter
In small microwavable bowl, microwave glaze ingredients on High 20 – 30 seconds or until melted, stirring until smooth. Spread glaze evenly over the 2 rounds. Carefully separate into 16 wedges. Serve warm. Store any leftovers tightly covered. May be reheated in microwave briefly to enjoy later.