These are the perfect brunch food! I couldn’t believe how good they were, and Paul gave the big thumbs up as well. Let’s just say, an hour after I made them, only three scones were left! (Granted, I had two because they were so good, but still!)
Make these! The ham and cheese pair perfectly, and I didn’t add anything except a little butter to serve with. These scones are light, fluffy, and perfectly flaky. They actually reminded me of a biscuit, because of how similar they were. The only part of the recipe I changed is that when I went to the store to pick up some ham, I forgot to pick up the green onions found in the original recipe. I’m sure they would have added the perfect touch to these already-amazing scones, however, I didn’t really miss them, and I’m pretty sure Paul didn’t either.
Yield: 8 scones
2 c. flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. kosher or coarse salt
½ c. butter, cold and cut into cubes
¾ c. buttermilk (or milk with a splash of vinegar or lemon juice added)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 c. diced ham
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives or green onion (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add in the butter, and cut in with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, approximately the size of peas.
Stir in the buttermilk, ham, cheese, and chives until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3-4 times until the dough comes together cohesively. Don’t over-handle, or the butter will begin to melt.
Using a rolling pin, or your hands, press the dough into a circle about 1 inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges.
Transfer the dough wedges to the prepared baking tray, and bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm to the touch.
Serve immediately with butter.