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Savory Bacon And Cheddar Cheese Scones Recipe

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Consider giving these bacon and cheese scones a try. They are a buttery, flaky, savory scone with bacon and cheddar speckled throughout. This is a homemade scones recipe that you can make with simple ingredients.

Bacon cheddar scones sitting on a black wooden board.

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These bacon cheese scones are wonderful to make for brunch, serve up at breakfast, or pair with soup or chowder. Whip up a batch this week and try them out.

Want more delicious bacon recipes to try out? You could try this simple Bacon Wrapped Salmon to add extra flavor to this healthy fish. Or for a great appetizer, make some Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Cheese.

If you want more baked dessert ideas, try this simple Blueberry Dump Cake. Or for a healthy snack, make some Cherry Oatmeal Bars that you can take with you anywhere.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Effortless to Make: This recipe for savory bacon and cheddar cheese scones is straightforward and doesn’t require any professional baking skills, making it accessible for beginners.
  • Incredibly Versatile: Enjoy these savory scones at any time of the day—perfect as a hearty breakfast, a satisfying brunch addition, or as a complement to your favorite soups and stews.
  • Rich and Flavorful: The combination of crispy bacon and sharp cheddar cheese infuses these cheddar bacon scones with an irresistible flavor that’s both rich and satisfying.
  • Perfect for Sharing: Whether it’s a family breakfast, a friendly brunch, or a potluck, these bacon cheddar scones are meant to be enjoyed together, making them a great choice for any gathering.

What Is The Difference Between A Scone And A Biscuit?

Scones, a British classic, are traditionally made with heavy cream and eggs, resulting in a rich and tender crumb. In contrast, biscuits, a staple in Southern U.S. cuisine, typically contain no egg and are crafted with either milk or tangy buttermilk, providing a flakier texture. 

While both treats share similarities, such as a buttery taste and a crumbly nature, their distinct ingredients give them unique flavors and textures that cater to different preferences.

What’s In This Bacon And Cheese Scones Recipe

Ingredients for bacon cheddar scones sitting on a white countertop.
  • Flour: The base of any good scone recipe, flour provides structure and ensures a tender crumb. I use all-purpose flour for its versatility and reliable results.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor of the scones, bringing out the savory notes of bacon and cheese.
  • Sugar: Just a touch of sugar balances the savoriness of the other ingredients, adding a subtle sweetness that complements the richness of the bacon and cheese.
  • Egg: The egg contributes to the scones’ richness and color, and helps bind the dough, ensuring that the scones hold their shape while baking.
  • Baking Powder: This leavening agent is crucial for achieving the perfect rise, resulting in scones that are light and fluffy.
  • Butter: Cold, unsalted butter is cut into the dry ingredients, creating tiny pockets of steam as it melts in the oven. This is key to achieving flaky, tender scones.
  • Cheese: Sharp cheddar cheese is grated and mixed into the dough, providing a burst of creamy, tangy flavor in every bite.
  • Bacon: Cooked until crisp and then crumbled, bacon adds a smoky, savory depth to the scones that pairs beautifully with the sharpness of the cheddar cheese.
  • Green Onions: Finely chopped green onions lend a mild, peppery crunch, adding freshness and color to the rich flavors of bacon and cheese.
  • Heavy Cream: The liquid component of the dough, heavy cream adds moisture and richness, ensuring the scones are delightfully moist and tender.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

For those looking to tweak this savory scone recipe to suit their dietary needs or simply to experiment with new flavors, here are a few substitutions and variations:

  • Flour : For a gluten-free version, substitute all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free flour blend. Just be sure it includes xanthan gum to help hold the dough together.
  • Cheese: While sharp cheddar adds a rich flavor, feel free to try other types of cheese such as Gruyère, Swiss, or even a spicy Pepper Jack to add a different flavor profile to your scones.
  • Bacon: If you’re vegetarian or just looking to reduce your meat intake, consider replacing the bacon with a vegetarian bacon alternative or adding extra vegetables like diced bell peppers or sun-dried tomatoes for a burst of flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: For a lighter version, you can substitute heavy cream with whole milk or a mix of milk and yogurt. This will still give you creamy scones but with fewer calories.
  • Additions: Feel free to incorporate other ingredients into the dough. Some popular additions include chopped nuts for a crunchy texture or various common herbs such as chives, dill, or parsley for a fresh flavor twist.

How To Make Easy Cheese And Bacon Scones Step by Step

Collage of mixing bacon cheddar scone dough.
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400℉ degrees and assembling your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (Photo 1) 
  2. In a large bowl begin by cutting in the cold butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs—a critical step for flaky scones. (Photo 2) 
  3. Introduce the majority of your cheddar cheese alongside portions of the crumbled bacon bits and chopped green onions, setting aside a small portion for later use as a garnish. (Photo 3) 
  4. Following this, blend in the heavy cream and egg, working the ingredients together until you achieve a uniform dough. (Photos 4 & 5)
Collage of creating and baking bacon cheddar scones.
  1. Form your dough into a circular shape, aiming for a thickness of about 1″ to 1 1/2″. This will ensure your scones are perfectly risen and fluffy. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to divide the dough into 8 even sections. (Photo 6) 
  2. Transfer these sections of scone dough onto a prepared baking sheet, allowing some space between each for expansion. Brush the tops of the scones with an additional layer of heavy cream and sprinkle the reserved cheese, bacon, and onions. (Photo 7)
  3. Follow the recommended baking time until the scones are beautifully golden and fragrant. (Photo 8) 
  4. Once done, allow them to cool slightly before serving to fully appreciate their buttery, flaky texture and rich, savory fillings.
A stack of bacon cheddar scones on a black platter.

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure that you are measuring the ingredients properly. Make sure to scoop the flour into the measuring cup and use a knife to level it off.
  • Use cold butter that is either grated or diced in cubes. The most important part is working the butter into the flour mixture.
  • You can garnish with extra cheese, bacon, and green onions. It will give a gorgeous look, but it is optional.
  • Don’t overbake the scones. Make sure to check on the scones, as if the scones cook too long they will be dry.

Storing Tips 

Because these cheddar scones contain cheese and bacon, I recommend refrigerating the scones. Place in an airtight container, bag, or plastic wrap. Then, when you want to eat one let it warm up to room temperature, or warm it up in the microwave or oven.

Another thing is you can freeze scones for 2-3 months. Just freeze in a proper container or bag. Then thaw in the fridge and then reheat.

Bacon cheddar scone leaning on a black wooden board.

Serving Suggestions

These savory cheese and bacon scones make an excellent pairing with a variety of dishes. For a hearty breakfast, they can be served alongside sheet pan scrambled eggs or poached eggs, offering a balanced meal to start the day. 

For a more indulgent treat, a dollop of herbed cream cheese or a smear of butter can enhance their rich flavors. For a more simple treat serve with a nice cup of coffee.

Recipe FAQ’s

Why are scones so dry?

If you over-knead the dough, you will find the scones can become over-dry. The other thing is not measuring the ingredients properly it will give you a dry or crumbly texture.

How can I tell when the scones are perfectly cooked?  

The scones are done when they have a golden-brown color on the top and bottom and feel firm to the touch. An inserted toothpick or skewer should come out clean or with a few crumbs attached but no wet batter.

Why did my scones not rise properly?  

There are a few reasons scones don’t rise as they should. The most common is overworking the dough, which can deflate the raising agent. Also, ensure that your baking powder is not expired, as this is a key ingredient for the scones to rise.

Can I add different fillings to this recipe?  

Scones are versatile, and you are encouraged to experiment with different fillings. Consider adding diced apples and cinnamon for a sweet twist, or olives and feta for another savory option. The base dough remains the same, so feel free to get creative.

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Savory Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Scones Recipe


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Bacon and Cheese Scones are a savory scone recipe. Tender, flakey, and loaded with salty bacon and cheddar cheese. A must try scone recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups (250 g) Flour All-Purpose
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons White Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup (56 ¾ g) Butter cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup (113 g) Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 3 slices Bacon chopped
  • 2 Green Onions green parts sliced
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ cup (177 3/7 ml) Heavy Whipping Cream 35%, plus 2 Tablespoons

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 400℉ and assembling your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
    2 cups Flour,1 Tablespoon Baking Powder,2 teaspoons White Sugar,½ teaspoon Salt
  • In a large bowl begin by cutting in the cold butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs—a critical step for flaky scones.
    ¼ cup Butter
  • Introduce the majority of your cheddar cheese, alongside portions of the crumbled bacon bits and chopped green onions, setting aside a small portion for later use as a garnish.
    1 cup Cheddar Cheese,3 slices Bacon,2 Green Onions
  • Following this, blend in the heavy cream and egg, working the ingredients together until you achieve a uniform dough.
    ¾ cup Heavy Whipping Cream,1 Egg
  • Form your dough into a circular shape, aiming for a thickness of about 1" to 1 1/2". This will ensure your scones are perfectly risen and fluffy. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to divide the dough into 8 even sections.
  • Transfer these sections of scone dough onto a prepared baking sheet, allowing some space between each for expansion. Brush the tops of the scones with an additional layer of heavy cream and sprinkle the reserved cheese, bacon, and onions.
  • Follow the recommended baking time until the scones are beautifully golden and fragrant.
  • Once done, allow them to cool slightly before serving, to fully appreciate their buttery, flaky texture and rich, savory fillings.

Notes

  • Make sure that you are measuring the ingredients properly. Make sure to scoop the flour into the measuring cup and use a knife to level it off.
  • Use cold butter that is either grated or diced in cubes. The most important part is working the butter into the flour mixture.
  • You can garnish with extra cheese, bacon, and green onions. It will give a gorgeous look, but it is optional.
  • Don’t overbake the scones. Make sure to check on the scones, as if the scones cook too long they will be dry.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 315kcal (16%) Carbohydrates: 27g (9%) Protein: 8g (16%) Fat: 20g (31%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 75mg (25%) Sodium: 458mg (20%) Potassium: 83mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 706IU (14%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 214mg (21%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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