I recently appeared on our local news program Delmarvalife, and shared my recipe for scones. Then got to thinking I’ve never shared them with you guys! I’ve baked part-time in the summer for a local coffeehouse in town for a few summers now, which is where I got the base recipe for these fabulous, flaky wonders. They’re a buttermilk base – which I love the slight tang that it lends to the scones.
A lot of recipes call for heavy cream, and I’ve been down that road, but I really didn’t like the results as much. They were more, well – heavy. These are crumbly and light as air – yet moist and melt in your mouth.
When I bake for the coffeeshop it’s usually traditional fruit combinations – cranberry orange, apricot almond, lemon ginger. But a couple years ago I thought I’d try something savory – good scones are so similar to a good biscuit – I knew they’d be banging with a bowl of creamy oyster stew or clam chowder. So I went to work…
Cheddar cheese is always a good place to start. Along with any fresh herb you’ve got lying around. I’ve been blessed with a great chive plant the past couple of years. Stays hearty and doesn’t all go to seed if I turn my back on it (word to Mr. T at Thomas Gardens for always having the best offerings!). Which reminds me, it’s time to get seeds started!
And, like any Eastern Shore girl worth my salt, I threw some crab seasoning in there for good measure. It always adds a ton of flavor, and looks pretty sprinkled on top of things. They turned out great! Were a hit here at home and at the coffee shop, and know they will be with you guys too.
Perfect to do some baking on a blustery weekend! stay warm, friends.
Chesapeake Cheddar & Chive Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp crab seasoning (I love JO #1 Spice)
1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into pieces
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
3 Tbsp chives, chopped
2/3 cup buttermilk
Preheat at 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and crab spice in a large bowl.
Cut butter into small pieces and blend it together with the flour. Mixture should look like coarse crumbs. You could also do this in a food processor pulsing it a couple of times until butter is the size of peas.
Fold in the cheese (lol) and chives.
Make a well in the bottom of the bowl, and add about 3/4 of the buttermilk – gently combine until the dough JUST comes together. Be careful not to over-mix. Reserve remainder of buttermilk to brush top of scones before baking.
Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead lightly a couple of times. Flatten the dough into approx. 6-inch round circle and about 1 and 1/2 inches in thickness. Cut circle into 6 equal slices.
Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with buttermilks and a little additional crab seasoning.
Bake 18 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or room temperature. Can be kept in airtight container for a couple of days. Or in freezer for a couple of months.