Who says you can’t mix savory and sweet? Guests always love the pastry and bread options at brunch. They’ll be extra delighted to discover that these sweets contain the savory deliciousness of bacon.
Recipe courtesy of Ariane Daguin and D’Artagnan.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Coarsely chop bacon and set aside. With the rack in the center position, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and garlic powder. Add cold butter and pulse until incorporated, keeping some larger, pea-sized chunks of butter in the mix.
Add cheese, reserved bacon, and chives. Pulse quickly, just to evenly distribute. Empty mixture into a large bowl. Add the cream and stir to combine. The dough should be shaggy but not too wet. It should stick together when squeezed. Add more cream, a tablespoon at a time, if needed.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat and shape the dough into an 8-inch round. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment or a silicon mat. Cut the dough into 8 wedges. Spread them out on the pan, as they will rise when cooked. Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream. Bake until golden brown, about 22—24 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.