Cheddar & Bacon Scones

Ingredients: (yield 12 scones)

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 slices streaky bacon (cut into small pieces)

¼ cup chopped spring onion

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp caster sugar

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper

½ tsp smoked paprika

85g unsalted butter (diced)

¾ cup full cream milk

¾ tbsp apple cider vinegar

Glaze:

2 tbsp full cream milk

¼ tsp shredded cheddar cheese

Preparation Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add in ¾ cup of full cream milk and ¾ tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Set aside to make buttermilk.
  2. Heat up a non-stick skillet, saute the bacon until fragrant. Remove and leave to cool completely.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add in all-purpose flour, caster sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, coarsely ground black pepper and smoked paprika. Whisk to combine.
  4. Cut the unsalted butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs.
  5. Stir in the bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped spring onion.
  6. Add in the buttermilk and stir just until the dough starts to come together.
  7. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough gently until it comes together.
  8. Form into a 7-inch round, use a 2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut the dough into circles.
  9. Place the scones on the baking sheet lined with silicone baking mat with 2-inch spacing apart. Gather up any scraps, re-roll, and cut out the remaining scones.
  10. Brush the tops of the scones with full cream milk and top with a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese.
  11. Bake at 200C for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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