Honey Bacon-Cheddar Scones

YIELD: Makes 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 T

honey

4 – 5

bacon strips

chopped

2 cups

all-purpose flour

1 T + 1 tsp.

baking powder

1/4 tsp.

salt

Pinch of black pepper

10 T

unsalted butter

cold and diced

3/4 cup

heavy cream

plus more for brushing

1 cup

cheddar cheese

grated

DIRECTIONS

In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on paper towels. Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Add the cold diced butter and using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Mix the heavy cream and honey.

Create a small well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the cream mixture into the well, and stir with a fork until the dough comes together. Toss in crisp bacon and cheese.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough into a circle, about 3/4 of an inch thick, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Cut circle into 8 wedges with a sharp knife.

Transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper with a spatula, leaving 1/2-inch space between each wedge. Brush the tops of the wedges lightly with the remaining heavy cream.

Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the baking sheet.

Serve warm.