Growing Chefs! Ontario Maple Bacon Cheddar Scones

Maple Bacon Cheddar Scones

Sweet, savoury and oh so flaky; these biscuits are sure to be a breakfast hit!
1 dozen
3 slices of bacon, diced1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled1/2 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated1 teaspoon salt1/2 cup buttermilk, chilled7/20 bunch chives, chopped2 tablespoons maple syrup

To top

1 tablespoon maple syrup2 tablespoons butter, melted
Mixing bowls of various sizesMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsCutting boardCheese gratedParing knifeFrying panWooden spoonSpatulaPlate lined with paper towelBaking sheet with parchment paperRound cookie cutterRolling pinSmall potPastry brush or spoonDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Preheat the oven to 350.

Measure out the flour, baking powder, salt, maple syrup and buttermilk.

Cut up the butter into squares roughly the size of a penny and put into a bowl in the fridge.

Chop chives and grate cheese.

Dice the bacon.

Get Cooking!

Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6 – 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess fat and cool.

In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, cheese, cooled bacon and chives, put in the fridge to chill.

In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk and maple syrup.

Working quickly, mix together the chilled butter, with the flour mixture squishing the butter up with your fingers so they are mostly all flat pieces. Try not to warm the butter too much.

Mix in the buttermilk and stir until a shaggy dough forms. You should still be able to see pieces of butter throughout.

Dump the dough onto a well floured surface and begin to roll out so that the dough is 1 ¼ inch thick. Cut out round biscuits and place them on a baking sheet.

Melt together 2 tablespoons of butter with maple syrup and bush the tops of the biscuits and chill them for 15 minutes.

Bake the biscuits for about 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.