I went to the local bagel place today, part of a chain of places that offers among other things, free internet wireless and these delicious scones made with ham and cheese. I was in line to buy a few bagels for my husband and a scone for myself when it occurred to me: I could make 8 of these for less than the cost of one! About an hour later, this was the result (the recipe makes eight - I shared!):
All I did was modify this recipe for scones, posted here below with modifications:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup diced ham
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 T parsley
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 large egg
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and parsley. Quarter butter lengthwise, then into 1/4 inch slices. Work into flour mixture with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir ham and cheese into flour mixture.
- In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
- Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
- Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature. They are just as good the next day, if they last that long!