I love a good pancake or doughnut in the morning, but sometimes I wake up wanting nothing to do with sugar. Actually, most mornings that’s how I wake up. I am a fan of the traditional savory breakfast–sausage or bacon, toast, and lightly seasoned scrambled eggs. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a savory scone for a while. When I was brain storming, it became clear to me that I wanted a scone that I could dip in sausage gravy (because DUH, I’m a southern cook). And voila–my cheesy bacon scones for salty breakfast lovers were born.
Scones are very biscuit like, which made the part about adding the gravy seem like a no-brainer. However, I didn’t want to add really big chunks of meat to the scones. I wanted the batter to be a little more uniform, so I decided to fry up some bacon and add that instead of sausage.
- 3 C flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 C unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 C milk
- 4 slices bacon
- 1.5 C grated cheese
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Cook bacon over medium high heat, save grease (if you plan to make gravy)
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl
- Cut in butter until crumbly
- Beat the egg in a bowl and add the milk to that bowl
- Stir in milk and egg into flour mixture until moistened
- Cut bacon into bits and add to dough
- Add grated cheese, kneading as you add
- Knead on floured surface briefly
- Roll dough into 1/2" circle and cut into eighths
- Separate slices and place on a greased baking sheet
- Cook for 15 minutes
- Feel free to leave out the cheese if you wish... but it sure it delicious!
- After cutting the dough, pop these babies in the freezer for a super simple breakfast when you're ready for them. Add a couple of minutes to the total cook time if you freeze them.
This recipe is perfect for a freezer meal, too. We had guests this past weekend, and I knew I’d be too tired to wake up and actually cook the morning they were leaving, so I premade the dough. I whipped it all up, rolled it, and cut it. Then, instead of cooking it, I just flash froze it. Then I covered the pan in plastic wrap and kept it in the freezer until I was ready to make them. In the morning, I took the plastic wrap off, and popped them in a 400 degree oven for 17 minutes. I added a couple of extra minutes because they were frozen. It was a hit! Everyone loved them and they made the perfect quick and delectable breakfast, sans all the sugar!
Are you a salty > sugar person? What’s your favorite splurge breakfast?