As promised: Ham & Cheesy Scones! I first had a conventional version of these rich savory biscuits at a luncheon hosted by a representative of the Jackson Lab. Serve them with soup and/or salad. Omit the ham to make them vegetarian – consider offering a little fig jam on the side if you like sweet with your savory.
Ham & Cheesy Scones – makes 8 medium sized scones Oven at 375F; baking sheet lined with parchment paper INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 medium – large egg 1/2 cup GF Flour Mix (ours or Trader Joe’s) 1/2 cup chestnut flour (Dowd & Rogers – http://dowdandrogers.com/products.html) 1 tablespoon corn flour (I milled my own from corn meal in a Braun coffee grinder – 1-2 minutes.) 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon xantham gum 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup (1.5 oz.) grated sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra for grating on top before baking. 1/3 cup (1.5 oz) finely chopped ham (works better than bacon.) DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 375F; line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Measure the heavy cream into a glass measuring cup. Add the egg and whisk to blend. 3. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl – whisk to blend. 4. Grate the butter over the dry ingredients; stir to coat the tiny pieces of butter. Do the same with the cheese. 5. Add the ham, and stir to coat. 6. Pour the cream/egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to blend. Batter will be stiff. If you have a difficult time getting it to come together add a little more cream 1-2 tablespoons to start…. 7. Turn the dough onto a GF floured surface; knead 3-4 times. Pat into a circle about 1″ thick. 8. Sprinkle whatever remains of the cream/egg mixture on to the dough and pat to spread evenly. 9. Grate a little more cheddar cheese on the circle before cutting into eight wedges. 10. Place the wedges on the baking sheet and cook at 375F for 15 – 20 minutes or until raised and golden brown. The kitchen will be redolent with the scent of (grilled) ham and cheese! These can also be rolled out and cut with a round cookie cutter to make dinner biscuits.