Apr 22, 2010

Bacon and Parmesan Scones


I finally had a wee window this morning to have a gander at Rachel Allen's Favorite Food at Home cookbook. I didn't have enough time to get a good feel for the book, mostly because the structure of content is not exactly intuitive. I'm sure Rachel knows the difference between what you would cook on"Big Celebrations" v's "Sweet Celebrations," for "Dining Alfresco" v's "Picnics and Days Out" (okay, this one isn't so bad I suppose), and for "Easy Family Food," "Food for Children," and "Extended Family." I don't, and found myself reading the index to get a feel for the types of recipes featured. Long story short, my quickie assessment is that the recipes seem good, many are very straightforward and easy—like Rachel's tone, and her insights are cute; it's just a pity her Editor didn't suggest a complete easy-reference table of contents.

Gripe aside, I've already flagged several recipes I want to try, like Rhubarb, Plum, and Cardamom Crumble, Upside-down Rhubarb and Ginger Cake, and Sponge Cake with Rhubarb Cream. First, I had to get these Bacon and Parmesan Scones out of my system, or rather, into my system (and then I need to find me a rhubarb patch!)

These scones are sooooo easy to make (apart from the extremely difficult not-eating-the-crispy-bacon-before-you-add-it-to-the-flour part), a classy alternative to a McMuffin sandwich, and a nice swap for a plain dinner roll, too.

3 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup chopped cooked crispy bacon
2oz finely grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 deg F. Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl, adding the buttermilk last. This makes a soft and not-too-sticky dough. Turn it onto a floured surface. Flatten slightly and cut out scone shapes using a floured glass/cup. Brush the top of your scones with a little buttermilk and parmesan. Bake for 15—20 mins.

Recipe from Favorite Food at Home: Delicious Comfort Food from Ireland's Most Famous Chef
P.S. This recipe is included in the aforementioned free download

1 comment:

Kate said...

Oh my! These look delicious. I wish I lived closer so I could come over and help you eat them.

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