Cut into triangles, these savory, lightly glazed scones have been a staple in New England farmhouses and restaurants since Colonial days and are traditionally served with hearty soups, stews, and roasted meats. Bacon and onions always make a wonderful combination, but other possibilities are diced cooked ham and green bell pepper, snipped fresh chives and grated Parmesan, and virtually any chopped nuts and fresh herbs.–James Villas
Yankee Bacon and Onion Scones
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 45 M
- Makes about 1 dozen scones
- 3 strips lean bacon
- 1 medium-size onion, minced
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup chilled lard, cut into bits
- 1 cup buttermilk (either low-fat or full-fat)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1. In a skillet, fry the bacon over moderate heat till crisp and drain on paper towels. Add the onion to the skillet, stir till softened, about 2 minutes, and drain on paper towels. Crumble the bacon finely.
- 2. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease a large baking sheet and set aside.
- 3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper, add the lard, and work it in with your fingertips till the mixture is crumbly. Add the crumbled bacon and onion and stir till well blended. Add the buttermilk and stir just till a sticky dough forms.
- 4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, knead 8 to 10 times, and pat into a rectangle 3/4 inch thick. With a sharp knife, cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, and cut each half crosswise into 6 long narrow triangles.
- 5. Arrange the triangles on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water, brush the tops of the triangles lightly with the mixture, and bake in the center of the oven till just golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
Recipe Testers Reviews
These scones were light and very moist. The flavor is just perfect! Neither the onions nor the bacon overpowers the flavor—a perfect blend. Twenty seconds in the microwave reheats them just perfectly for the next day. My husband has been eating them for breakfast, and he’s on the Atkins diet! Will definitely make them again.
The biscuits were moist, tender, and quite tasty with a nice golden crust and subtle bacon flavour. The biscuits, hot out of the oven, had an irresistible smell and were super flaky and rich (but not too rich) tasting. It might be a good recipe to make if one needed something special to serve with a stew or soup.
Lovely light, fluffy and tasty scones. I cooked the bacon and onions in the one pan, greased the baking sheet with some of the bacon fat and then served them with a fine herb omelet made in the same pan…waste not want not. The buttermilk in these scones contributed to the great texture.
This recipe certainly fits the title Blissful Biscuit, the cookbook from which it appears. The golden color of these flavorful scones is eye-appealing. And the bacon and onion bits perfume through the tender crumb with every bite. They’re dynamite for breakfast with a slather of strawberry jam and equally divine as an accompaniment to a hearty soup or stew. I’ve made more than one batch and have made my friends, family, and neighbors very happy.