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Ham, Cheddar and Chive Scones
Ham, Cheddar and Chive Scones Erin McDowell

We appreciate a good old-fashioned sweet treat, but some things can benefit from a little bit of savory. Such as these super-easy scones. When the trifecta of ham, cheese and chives meets the dough in a food processor, the combination becomes an all-in-one breakfast delight. But don’t limit these scones to the a.m.: They’re also sure to satisfy as an afternoon snack or alongside your favorite soup at dinner. Go ahead, make them now--and thank us later.

Makes 15 scones
Start to Finish: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

2¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2¾ teaspoons baking powder

12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

¾ cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup diced ham

¼ cup minced chives

1 cup heavy cream

3 eggs

1 tablespoon milk

Shredded cheddar cheese, for topping

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, mix the flour with the salt and baking powder to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the pieces are the size of peas. Then add the cheese, ham and chives, and pulse just until incorporated.

3. In a small bowl, lightly beat 2 eggs. While the food processor is running, gradually add the heavy cream and beaten eggs. Combine just until the dough comes together. Don’t overmix.

4. Scoop out the dough with your hands (the dough will be a tad sticky) and form it into loose balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least ¾ inch between each scone.

5. Make an egg wash by whisking the remaining egg with the milk in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash onto the scones, then top with a tablespoon of shredded cheese.

6. Bake until the scones are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • These baked bites make for an amazing breakfast sandwich. Just cut a scone in half, add a fried egg plus your choice of toppings and go to town.

  • Ham and cheddar not your thing? Try a different combination. Our favorites: bacon and Swiss cheese, and caramelized onions and blue cheese.

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