Maple-Glazed Bacon Apple Scones
Both cooked bacon and cold bacon fat give these scones a smokey bacon flavor and meltingly tender crumb. These scones bake up light and fluffy, with moist pockets of sweet apple and a distinctly smokey flavor from the bacon that blends beautifully with the earthy maple and whole grain flour. The glaze adds a sweet counterpoint. The scones are extra-pretty when made with pink pearl apples, but any tart baking apple will do.
Both cooked bacon and cold bacon fat give these scones a smokey bacon flavor and meltingly tender crunch. Recipe here.
- 3 ounces bacon
- cut into small cubes
- 2 medium-sized baking apples (such as pink pearl
- pink lady
- or granny smith)
- cut off the core
- and cubed
- 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) whole spelt (or whole wheat pastry) flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons reserved
- chilled bacon fat (see directions)
- about 3 tablespoons cold
- unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (preferably grade B)
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- more as needed
- plus 2 tablespoons for brushing the scones
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- about 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 20mins
Cost Average budget
Make the scone dough:
In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a small, heat-proof bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat into another small, heat-proof bowl - you should have around 2 tablespoons. Cool both the bacon and 2 tablespoons of fat to room temperature, then place both in the refrigerator to chill until very cold, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, saute the apples in the bacon fat left in the skillet until tender and golden, stirring occasionally, 5-10 minutes. Tip the apples out onto a plate, let cool to room temperature, then chill until completely cold, about 20 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk or sift together the flours, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Measure the bacon fat, then add enough butter to make 5 tablespoons of fat, total. Cube the butter, and use a pastry blender or your fingers to work in the cold fats until the mixture resembles sandy gravel, with some pea-sized butter chunks. Stir the chilled bacon bits and apples into the flour mixture until evenly distributed.
In a measuring pitcher, stir together the maple syrup, milk and cream. Slowly drizzle the maple mixture into the flour mixture, tossing gently with a rubber spatula, adding more liquid directly to the dry bits, until the mixture clumps together and no floury bits remain. If the mixture is dry, add a bit more cream until it comes together.
Shape the scones:
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal pieces. Press each piece into a 1" high round, about 5 inches in diameter. Cut each round into 6 wedges. Separate the wedges, place them on a small baking sheet, and freeze for 30-60 minutes or until firm. (At this point, the frozen scones can be stored in a freezer-safe zip-lock bag and baked from frozen.)
Bake the scones:
Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425ºF. Stack two rimmed baking sheets (to prevent the bottoms from over-browning) and line with parchment paper.
Remove the scones from the freezer and space them evenly on the lined baking sheet. Brush the tops lightly with cream. Bake the scones until golden all over, craggy and puffed, 15-20 minutes. Remove the scones to a wire rack and let cool slightly.
Glaze the scones:
Meanwhile, sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl and whisk in enough maple syrup to make a drizzle-able glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the warm scones.
The scones are best shortly out of the oven when their edges are crisp and their middles are moist. But extras can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days; reheat in a warm oven or toaster oven before serving.
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Chef Tips and Tricks
Sweet Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Pie crust dough
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup almond powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Halve an apple and slice each half finely.
2. Cut the top of a pie crust to get a straight edge.
3. Spread the brown sugar and almond powder all over the dough.
4. To get the first row, line up the apples in a straight line and cut out the section. Continue until all the dough is all used up.
5. Mix egg yellow and milk and cover each roll with the mixture.
6. If you wish, sprinkle a little extra brown sugar on top of each roll.
7. Bake in the oven for 18 min at 350° F.