ham and cheddar scones

A couple days ago I made a list of all the leftover ingredients in my fridge and tried to figure out a way to use them - or just not waste them entirely. The list included: Christmas ham, sour cream, and radishes. Radishes are admittedly an odd one. I barely like them so this might just be a complete loss there. However, I can put the ham and sour cream to use in a savory scone.

In the past I have made many scone varieties including a pancetta version in 2013. In 2014 I even used the pancetta scones to try and bribe a landlord for wood floors. These ham scones are definitely more of the savory spectrum. It's nice for breakfast but if I'm being honest I also had two at 8pm last night watching Office reruns.

A few notes:
  • Ham // Although the ham was cooked, I sautéed it for a couple minutes to crisp it up a bit. Not needed but just a personal preference. 
  • Texture + Height // This recipe doesn't get the same height as previous scones but I took a few shortcuts. I think the mixture was a little too wet and I didn't keep the butter super frozen. That being said, it's hard to resist ham and cheese scones either way.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the shredded frozen butter to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream, egg and vanilla until smooth. Use your hands to work the sour cream mixture into flour mixture until the dough starts to come together. 
  5. Add in the ham and cheese and gently mix to combine. If necessary, add in some milk to moisten the mixture. 
  6. Once the dough completely comes together, turn it onto a clean surface and shape it into a circle or rectangle. Cut the scones with a floured knife to the shape you desire. 
  7. Put on a baking sheet, sprinkle with granulated sugar and bake until golden. Bake time will be between 15-25 minutes depending on the thickness of your scone.
Shopping List
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on top
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, shredded and frozen
1 large egg
1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 - 3/4 cups chopped cooked ham
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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