Everyone has established i’m a bit of a baking fanatic, if you haven’t figured that out I’m a little worried….
So i have been so busy in the last few weeks, med school really has been taking its toll. So i’ve really begun focusing on baking items that can make my life easier and make me enjoy life more. I dug out this Cheese and Bacon Scone recipe as a good breakfast alternative; aiming to warm them up at uni so i can eat breakfast slightly later than i currently do and as such make my way to lunch time without the major snacking i usually undergo.
Its definitely worked and i think the smell of them in the house definitely made me both popular and unpopular (for making os many people hungry!) These are a great breakfast option that is simple, quick and easy to make and store. They are cheap as well, the most expensive thing in this recipe is the cheese.
I use cooking bacon in this recipe as opposed to other recipes which suggest using rashers of bacon. The reason for this is simple, cooking bacon is cheaper and you get more of it. The reduced fat also means that you don’t have to pick fat out or drain your bacon before adding it to the scones so they aren’t full of fat. This doesn’t mean the recipe won’t work with bacon rashers but i like the cheapness and the texture of the chunkier bites of bacon in this scone.
The onion is also an optional choice in this recipe, i like the added flavour it gives the bacon and the scones during baking, however if you don’t like it, feel free to take it out… they will still taste great!
Cheese and Bacon Scones – Makes 12
- 150g grated cheddar
- 200g cooking bacon / 10 bacon rashers
- 100g butter
- 275g self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 150ml milk
- 1tsp salt
- 50ml vegetable oil
- 1/4 of an onion
- Heat oven to 200C. Take the onion and finely dice. Take your bacon and chop into the pieces the same size, try using scissors for an easier time.
- In a frying pan over a medium heat, fry the onions for 2 mins until soft and golden before adding the finely diced bacon for a further 5 mins until golden. Set aside and let cool.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the butter in small chunks and use your fingers in a pinching movement to make a breadcrumb like texture. (Use a food processor if you’re a little lazy!).
- In a seperate small bowl, combine all the liquids (milk, oil and egg) and whisk. Gently pour into the dry mixture until a wet lumpy mixture is formed.
- Stir in the bacon, onion and cheese until combined and more like a dough (you may need to add a touch more flour here!) Form into 12 balls and flatten onto a greased tray.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 mins or until golden brown.
- Serve fresh warm, or microwave for 15 seconds on high before serving.