These apple and bacon cornmeal scones are moist and delicious, with a wonderful sweet-savory flavor combination. Such a tasty snack, you'll be back for more.
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I don't know if it's just me, but I tend to have a default thought when I get it into my head to bake. For me it has been muffins for a while. Which is odd since I didn't have them much growing up (they're not a British thing).
We had scones much more when I was a child, but I seem to need to think about them a little more before I make them as an adult. I'm not sure if it's I feel the need to change them up, or if I worry they won't work out.
I guess they are a little less forgiving but even still, I should make them more as they can be so delicious.
A new immediate favorite were these apple and bacon cornmeal scones. These are so delicious, they are always eaten up in no time. Plus, as with most scones you can make them ahead and freeze.
Are British scones and American scones the same?
I mentioned when I shared the gingerbread scones that the British and American versions do seem to differ a bit in texture. British scones tend to be very buttery and soft while American ones tend to be drier and harder.
Personally I prefer the British ones, and to me very little beats the British tradition of a 'cream tea'. A nice buttery scone with a fruity jam and clotted cream on top alongside a pot of tea is just so good.
When I was over in the UK last summer and saw cream teas on the menu at some gardens we were visiting, I couldn't resist as it had been so long.
Well despite all that introduction, these apple and bacon cornmeal scones are not really like the traditional British ones other than the fact they're relatively moist and buttery.
The flavors here are quite different from the traditional, but they are so good I'd still happily have them in my cream tea. Although without the jam and cream, they have enough going on in themselves.
They have a delicious moist fruity sweetness, if that makes sense, from the apple, a little salty crunch from the bacon and that slightly rough texture from the cornmeal that somehow fits in perfectly. The flavors all go together really well and they are addictively good.
How to make these apple bacon scones
While these take a little extra effort than a basic scone, as the bacon and apples are cooked ahead of time, they are still very easy. But the extra little step is worth it for the delicious flavor both add.
After you have the bacon and apple pre-cooked, the food processor does the work of combining everything. Then you just flatten the dough slightly, cut it and bake.
This is a pretty moist dough so don't expect to cut nice circles from the mixture - rough squares or triangles are more appropriate here. Think rustic - it kind of goes with the flavors anyway (or that's what you can tell people).
As I say they also work really well to freeze when you make them and cook them at a later point - just add a couple minutes to the cooking time but bake straight from frozen. But you might want to make a double batch if you want to freeze any. They're pretty hard to resist once baked!
Delicious, slightly sweet with a slight crunch, these apple and bacon cornmeal scones were an instant hit in our house.
Like scones? Try these!
- Coconut mango scones (another favorite!)
- Traditional British scones
- Gingerbread scones
- Roast pear and fig scones (on the healthier side)
- Plus get lots more inspiration for more snack recipes both sweet and savory.
Tools to make these scones
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Apple and bacon cornmeal scones
- ½ lb apples 225g, 1 medium apple
- 2-3 slices smoked bacon streaky
- ½ cup all purpose flour 70g plain flour
- ½ cup cornmeal 85g
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 tablespoon butter cold
- ¼ cup buttermilk 60ml
- preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
- Peel and core the apple and cut into slices then lay the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the apple slices for around 20min until they look dry on top and are just starting to color. Let them cool a little but leave the oven on.
- Meanwhile cook the bacon until crisp - either fry, grill or you can also do in the oven on a baking sheet for around 20min, turning now and then. Drain excess fat and break up the slices.
- In a food processor, add the dry ingredients - flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt - and pulse to mix.
- Dice the butter and add to the flour mixture. Pulse until you get a breadcrumb-like texture.
- Add the apple, bacon and buttermilk and pulse to combine. Try not to overmix or break things up too much, you want it just combined and a little chunky.
- Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface, flatten it out to around ⅔in/2cm thick and cut into squares/rectangles/triangles.
- Carefully transfer the scones to a lined baking sheet and bake for approx 20min until browning around the edges.
This post was originally posted in Feb 2016 and has been updated with new photos and video.
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