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Monday, February 18, 2013

Cheesy Buttermilk Scones





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While we are barreling towards spring here in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not quite ready to put my stockpot or Dutch oven away. The soups and stews I make will get lighter but they'll have a place on our table until the window boxes are blazing with my favorite red geraniums. Years ago, I didn't make soups for dinner because they seemed too light and I wanted to serve a more substantial meal to my family. As I became a better cook and ventured into soups made in other regions of the world, I became a convert. It was a slow process and one I wasn't completely comfortable with, until I had a bevy of recipes for salads and breads that would lend additional spine to a souper supper. While I prefer to serve freshly made and fragrant breads with soup, time does not always permit the slow rise a good bread requires. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for quick breads that can be made in their stead. I found these savory cheese scones on the Real Simple website and gave them a try several weeks ago. I made them again for our supper tonight and I've decided to move them into my recipe rotation. I never argue with simple and delicious and these scones win on both counts. I have one caution to share you regarding their preparation. This recipe is designed to make 12 thin wedges. If you choose to make only eight, it will affect the amount of time the scones need to cook. I like thicker wedges and my scones took 22 minutes to brown and cook through. The cheese makes these quite fragrant as they bake and when they are served warm they really are a perfect accompaniment for soup. I like this recipe. While it does not make my socks go up and down, it is very nice and I'll be making the scones more often. I think those of you try this recipe will also be pleased with these savory scones. Here's how they are made.

Cheesy Buttermilk Scones...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Real Simple

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1-1/4 cups buttermilk

Directions:
1) Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.
2) Combine flour, baking powder, and butter in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer to a large bowl and add both cheeses, thyme, hot pepper flakes, and buttermilk. Stir until mixture sticks together. (It will be slightly crumbly.)
3) Transfer dough to a work surface and knead gently until it comes together, about 30 seconds. Shape dough to form an even, flat round about 1 inch thick. Cut the dough into 12 wedges. Place them about 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake until scones are light golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove with a metal spatula. These are best served fresh but can be made up to 2 days ahead. Wrap in foil and reheat in a 250 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 12 scones.







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23 comments:

Ginny said...

These look luscious. I would just eat these and a bowl of soup for a meal.

Hovkonditorn said...

I never say no to scones :) They are so delicious!

kitchen flavours said...

Your scones looks very cheesy and delicious! These would be lovely with a cup of warm tea!
Thank you for sharing, have a nice day!

Chiara Giglio said...

So delicious and tasty! have a good day, blessings....

decocinasytacones said...

I love everything you make. These cheesey scones aren´t an exception.
Love from Spain
Marialuisa

Penny said...

I have a big wedge of Gruyere and a wedge of Parmesan in the fridge so these will be on my rotation this week. Thanks Mary.

Foodycat said...

I love cheese scones, but Paul maintains that all scones have to be plain and eaten with jam and cream! I wonder how I can sneak these past him?

Kim G. said...

Love a great scone like this to eat with a big bowl of filling soup... It makes a beautiful meal!

Pam said...

LIke you said, perfect for when there is no time for a bread rise.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I think these WILL make my socks go up and down, Mary!! I love a simple biscuit-like bread. =D Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

Jenn said...

Mmmmm... I love scones of any kind.. sweet, savory... put it in front of me and I will devour them but have yet to make them myself. These do look wonderfully easy.....

From the Kitchen said...

The scones look like sunshine on a plate! They'd be most welcome at our soup suppers--the cheese sandwich to our bowl of tomato soup.

I hope you have a delicious week.

Best,
Bonnie

Eileen said...

They look delicious! And they sound good, too. I love a good scone.

Big Dude said...

The only scones I've had were made by daughter Wende and I've been wanting Bev, our baker, to try some. She made veggie soup yesterday and I'm requesting these as a go with for supper tonight.

Dianne @ Sweet Journey Home said...

They look delicious! You always inspire to spend more time in the kitchen even though cooking for one now is no fun. My daughter reminds me that I "must eat right" still and your inspiration helps!

Guru Uru said...

These look delightful my friend and are a huge weakness of mine :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

The Café Sucré Farine said...

I love serving soups, chilis and salads for dinner and these would be perfect to go along side.

David said...

Mary, Beautiful scones! I like the idea of adding some red pepper flakes to the mix for a little extra something...a bit of a bite! Yum! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

teresa said...

oh i am so pinning these, i LOVE a savory scone.

Gwen said...

I was the same way with soups, but now a nice home made soup and a good slice of home made bread or a scone ;) is all that I need to be content for dinner.

Keeley said...

These look like a great use for all of the fun cheeses I have in my fridge. I'm surprised there's only 3 tablespoons of butter... I use at least 2 sticks in my sweet scones!

fr said...

I love scones. Perfect compliment to dinner soup.

France@beyondthepeel said...

I love a good scone or biscuit to go with soup. Somehow it makes it feel so much more substantial.

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