Monday, March 14, 2011

Cheddar and Dill Scones


This is my entry for Stage 3 of MarxFood's Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.

There are some people who are morning people.  I am not one of them.  Normally, this makes me rather proud but lately, I've been trying to throw caution to the wind and be an early riser.  It's not working all that well.  Especially because the hubster is a particularly chirpy early bird.  Most mornings, I will do or say just about anything to continue sleeping.  And this Saturday was no exception.  Apparently, in an effort to win myself an extra ten minutes of sleep, I promised the hubster I'd make scones for breakfast.

Of course, I had zero recollection of it when I finally dragged myself out of bed at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m.  But the hubster's not a man who forgets.  Luckily, I'd seen Brian's chocolate cherry scones recently and knew I wanted to give 'em a makeover for Round 3 of the Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.


Scones it was!  The problem was that I needed to use three of my remaining six ingredients in the made over recipe.  The remaining ingredients were dried cherries, coconut sugar, saffron, Szechuan peppercorns, dill pollen, and of course, the dreaded juniper berries.  It was early (for me) and well, I couldn't see three ingredients I could use in a sweet scone without well, copying Brian's recipe verbatim.  That is, unless I figured out how to use those darn juniper berries.  And given that I'd only had two cups of coffee until that point, that just wasn't happening.  So, savory scones it was.


Enter, the cheddar and dill scone.  The cheddar was sharp, the dill pollen was fragrant, and the seasoning was spot on with the combination of Szechuan peppercorn, saffron, and a bit of garlic and onion powder.  And Brian's not lying when he says his recipe is totally versatile.  The scone base is the perfect canvas for any mix-in.  Maybe even the dreaded juniper berry.


All in all, the cheddar and dill scones were the perfect accompaniment to creamy scrambled eggs.  And you know how I know they was good?  The scones won me an extra fifteen minutes of sleep the day after. 

PS:  I was also asked to pick my second choice recipe.  I pick Joanne's chicken and waffles.  Is it breakfast?  Is it dinner?  I don't know but I'd sure like to find out.



Cheddar and Dill Scones


Makes 8-10 scones

2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground Szechuan peppercorn
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dill pollen
1/4 tsp of saffron
1/2 cup medium or sharp cheddar, grated
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
3/4& cup half & half
Place rack in middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the first eight ingredients. Crumble the saffron threads in your hand and add them to the dry mixture. Add the butter to the bowl and, using two knives or a pastry blender, cut into the dry ingredients until the butter has mixed in.  Add the cheddar cheese. 

Slowly add the half and half to the dry ingredients, whisking to make sure it is fully incorporated. If the dough looks like it is moist enough, you can leave out a little of the liquid.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead a couple of times. Flatten the dough out until it is about 1 1/2 inches thick (should be about 8 or so inches wide). Cut into 8 to 10 triangles and transfer the wedges to a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.

Brush the top of each scone with a little bit of half and half. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

Let cool on wire rack and enjoy!

Adapted from A Thought for Food's Chocolate Cherry Scones with Saffron.

41 comments :

Reh said...

i love savory scones! They make me very happy! Kneading always scares me and anytime I have to bake anything whether it's cookies, scones or biscuits, they always look so oddly shaped. I appreciate how pretty and perfect they look. I'm dying to taste something you make. I have spring break next week... we should hook up for sure! Good Luck Azmina, (you don't need it) you're gonna knock it right out of the ball park... :)

An Open Book said...

i love sweet scones..never really had a savoury one..shud try it some time

Simply Life said...

oh wow, these look amazing! what a creative idea!

Joanne said...

I've actually never had a savory scone. But I'm pretty sure I'd devour yours within minutes. If I weren't already a morning person, these would be enough to lure me into the kitchen and turn me into one. That's for sure.

A Thought For Food said...

Your makeover is wonderful... and I'm not just saying that because it was my recipe that you used. :-)

I've tried a couple of savory scones and have fallen head over heels in love with them. And oh how I adore fennel, so I know that this combo is scone perfection.

Suman Singh said...

So, beautiful..love the pictures and this savory combo..They looks delicious too!

Kristen said...

Those sound absolutely amazing. Cheese just about makes my world go round, so bring on the savory scones!!

Ameena said...

I love scones...any flavor works for me! I don't think I've had a savory version before though so feel free to send me your leftovers! :)

I am such an early bird. I accidentally slept until 7:45 the other day and felt like half my day was over! Even Ali was awake before me, and that NEVER happens.

LeQuan said...

Azmina, I love your cheddar and dill scones. They sound wonderful and delicious. Not to mention, food porn! I've never had a cheddar and dill scone before, but now I want one! A great and unique combo of flavors.

I am so not a morning person either. Hubby knows that and tries to take advantage all he can. Now I tell him sleep talking doesn't count ;-). Have a great week, dear!

Nadia said...

I am a new scone lover, I never really paid them much attention before and now I am hooked! My husb is the same way ready to wake up at 7am on weekends (I roll my eyes beyond belief because he disturbs me then) whereas I am happy sleeping in until 11am. :)

Jean said...

I love scones! I love them even more when they have cheddar and herbs. This is an awesome recipe, what with the saffron and the peppercorn, etc. I might just be able to drag myself out of bed to make these sometime. :-)

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this scones sounds really amazing! my mom is a huge fan of scones and i bet she is going to love these! thank you for sharing.

We Are Not Martha said...

I absolutely love scones... Especially savory scones! With sharp cheddar! I need to get my hands on some dill pollen :)

Sues

Denise said...

We made it - Congratulations! Round 4 should be interesting! Maybe you can use that fennel pollen. Good Luck!

Toby said...

Congrats on the Round 4 advance!

elle marie said...

I promise to give you an update on the dog pee in my hair, and broken dishes... I can assure you.. I am a klutz in my life, but that day.. was the worst. These look absolutely scrumptious. I love scones but never had a savory one, I can just imagine the buttery, yet flakey, warm scone .....

Ang said...

My friend made some similar to these and I loved them. I need to just make them myself. Your's look gorgeous!

Le (from the old Le's Little Kitchen) said...

These look yummy indeed!

I've never tasted this combo before! Since I was a kid all I've been baking or eating are date scones or cheese n bacon scones. So this is def something I'll think of baking one time.

Healthy Mamma said...

I am not a big scone lover when it comes to the regular, dry ones you usually find in coffee shops. These look absolutely fabulous. I am just drooling over the ingredient list! Sharp cheddar, peppercorns and dill! Yes!

Parita @ myinnershakti said...

Your scones look delicious! I've never tried making them at home...something else to add to my list!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Yummy, I love the idea of this flavour combination. I have Ina Garten's recipe for cheddar and dill scones bookmarked, but I''ve never gotten around to making them yet.
*kisses* HH

Devaki said...

What an amazing flavor combo and J'adore scones. Period. :)! You got this one alright - ridiculously delish to the core :)

Sommer J said...

I absolutely love this! What a great flavor combinations. I showed my son the photos and he said he wanted some now! Great job making over the recipe- I love that you used szechuan peppers! Definitely a must try here!

Priyanka said...

I am with ya on the early rising, I.cannot.wake.up.early. Also our husbands
have cooked one and only one dish for us and keep gloating about it, our love for food well I think these things qualify us as soul sisters, right :) haha!

These scones look heavenly, do you think I could use whole wheat flour instead of AP, we use AP very stringently in our house.

Healthy Mamma said...

I decided to make these for a dear friend of mine who just lost her mother. I can't think of anything more comforting than these home made scones wrapped up with a pretty tin of herbal tea.
Thanks again for sharing.

Monet said...

Oh yes please. Can I have one for breakfast tomorrow? Can I have one right now? I have never made a savory scone before, but this needs to change. ASAP! Thank you for sharing this with me. I'm drooling! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

elizabeth / sophisticated pie said...

I LOVE a savory scone! These look delicious... like really, really great. I can't wait to try this out.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

Well I certainly hope he appreciated the effort that went into making him scones! My husband and I are opposites when it comes to waking up too, he's up bright and early, while I'm dragging myself out of bed hours later!

Andra@FrenchPressMemos said...

This looks ridiculously good. I should not read this late at night- now I am STARVING. Beautiful recipe!

cookie said...

I just wanted to let you know I had a dream about your scones last night. I guess I have to go make them now! HA!

Stevie said...

Cheddar and dill is good for all the meals. Brilliant choice! I would enjoy these with dinner in particular. For breakfast, with coffee and maybe jam. For lunch on a picnic to wine country in Northern California. As a snack anytime. Well, they sound perfect. Perfect!

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow..these scones look so delicious...loved it absolutely.....first time here...would be happy to follow u !

Shannon said...

I had a really similar idea for my entry to this round too! Unfortunately illness kept me from cooking though. Well executed! Best of luck :)

themanhattanfoodproject said...

I admire your intrepidity--I don't know if I would be able to come up with that still groggy and sleepy on a Saturday morning.

jennaseverythingblog said...

These scones look awesome! I wouldn't know what to do with juniper berries either--yikes. Your food photos are soooo tasty looking! =)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Scones look delicious...Fist time here...this is an excellent space...following it...

BigAppleNosh said...

I love scones - this savory version sounds fantastic!

Malli said...

Well executed scones and that too on a Saturday!! I applaud u!
:)

Ang said...

Hey there, just want to let you know I have an award waiting for you on my site. You deserve every bit of it and more. Keep up the amazing mouth watering food. :)

Lizzy said...

I followed Ang to your blog...loving what I see so far :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

I love scones and these look amazing! What a creative use of the ingredients you were given. Love these!

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