Bacon Scones with Maple Butter

These scones are ideal for breakfast, brunch, morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea.

It is not very often that I bake scones, but when I do they are sweet and served with a heap of jam and cream. However, this weekend I thought I would try an idea that I had for making something slightly different. Not only do these have bacon pieces actually in the scones, but the milk used is also infused with the flavour of bacon. Truly savoury!

To add a little bit of sweetness to the plate, I decided to team the scones up with some maple butter. It is very simple to make and really adds a different dimension to the flavour of the scones.

These are best eaten on the day that they are made. If you can resist eating the whole batch as soon as they come out of the oven, cool them completely and store in an airtight container. You can re-heat them just before serving.

Ingredients – makes 12 scones:

  • 150g/5 oz diced bacon (such as lardons, but make sure the pieces are quite small)
  • 300ml/10 oz milk, plus a little extra for glazing
  • 350g/12 oz self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 50g/2 oz butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pepper, to season

Maple Butter:

  • 100g/3.5 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 2-3 teaspoons maple syrup, to taste

Method:

  • Fry the bacon pieces in a deep frying pan until golden, then add the milk and stir until heated through.
  • Leave the milk and bacon to cool in the pan but stir often to prevent a skin forming.
  • Once just cooled, strain the mixture – put the milk into a jug and the bacon into a container. Refrigerate both for at least 1 hour until cold. (You can do this the night before you want to make the scones if you want.)
  • Heat your oven to 220C/200C fan forced/430F.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • Use your finger tips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the oil, a little sprinkling of pepper, plus the cooked bacon to the flour and use a flat-bladed knife to mix together.
  • Now gradually add the bacon-infused milk, again mixing using the knife to bring the dough together. You might need to use your hands to complete the process, but avoid kneading the dough or the scones will be tough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured worksurface and pat into a disc shape which is about 2.5cm/1 inch thick.
  • Use a glass or a round cutter to cut out your scones. Once you have cut out as many as you can you can re-form the disc but remember not to knead the dough.
  • Place the scones on a non-stick baking tray. Put them right next to each other as this will help them to rise whilst they are in the oven.

  • Glaze the scones with a little milk to help them to brown.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove the scones from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the maple butter by beating the butter until smooth and then stirring in the maple syrup.
  • Serve the scones with the maple butter on the side.
  • Enjoy!

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5 Responses to Bacon Scones with Maple Butter

  1. Averil Gomes says:

    Am so going to make these… have been putting off scone making for a while now… NO more, because I love bacon and these just sealed the deal for me. Thank You! 🙂

  2. Oh. My. Goodness. These look absolutely amazing. I’m going meatless for a bit just to see how I feel in a few weeks but am Pinning this for future reference. Oh….I SOOOO want Bacon right now! Wait…bacon is a vegetable, right? 😛

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