I have developed a problem as of late…I am frequenting drive-through windows far too often. One of the items that lures me to such windows is a savory scone at a local coffee shop. The week that I stopped in before work four times, I realized I had a scone problem. As delicious and convenient as this sausage cheese scone is, $3.50 a pop adds up. I decided to make some savory scones of my own and save a small fortune.
The scones I made have ham, two kinds of cheddar, green onions, and sour cream that make them feel like a loaded treat for breakfast. I knew they were a hit when Stu (who says scones taste like “dog biscuits”) ate two in a row. I have never made a savory scone before, but these turned out so well that I already have plans for my next batch.
Savory Ham and Cheddar Scones
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-8 tablespoons butter (frozen)
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup cubed ham or Canadian bacon
-3/4 cup each- aged white cheddar and sharp cheddar (One variety would be fine.)
-1/2 cup sliced green onion
1. Preheat oven to 400. In a small bowl beat egg and sour cream. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Grate frozen butter into the bowl. Use your hands to combine, but do not over work. It should look like a course meal.
3. Add egg and sour cream mixture. Use a fork to combine. Add in ham, cheese and onions. Work into a ball with your hands. (If it will not hold together, add in two tablespoons of milk and continue until the dough forms.) Note: It will be crumbly because of the cheese and ham, but it should not be falling apart completely.
4. On a floured surface, flatten dough into a long rectangle and begin cutting wedge shapes with a knife. (I formed mine a bit with my hands to get a triangular shape after they had been cut.) I got 10 small scones, but you could make 8 larger ones from this recipe.
5. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet (or floured sheet) and bake for 14-16 minutes. They should be slightly golden when finished.
This guy. This guy breaks my heart. We have been dealing with the very serious notion of trying to find a new home for our dog babies due to the soon arrival of a human baby. Before you say, “You terrible person! Look at that face-those eyes. How could you?” Let me explain…
We have had Marty McFly since he was five weeks old. He is the most loving, stubborn, and adorable canine creature. In true dachshund fashion, he burrows under the covers and chases any squirrel with a ferocity of a dog three times his stature. He will crawl on your neck like a scarf and take a nap if you let him.
However, if you cross him he will bite your face off. Literally. He’s bitten both of us, drawing blood each time. We know his triggers, food and new toys that he’s protecting. We’ve gone to trainings, read books, and even had a dog whisperer come to our house to try and help us break him. He has bitten more than one of our friends’ kids in the face. (Our poor goddaughter, who is now 6, won’t even go near him from fear of earlier encounters. She was one of the “bite in the face” victims.)
Both dogs barks incessantly at anyone who merely walks by our house. Heck, they even bark at the ice machine. Napping babies and 5 minute barking sprees don’t seem to be a good match. Usually when we have parties they have to be locked up or go to doggy day care because they get too anxious with people being in the house. I say these things loving them and knowing they will not change. They are creatures of habit, and we are their world. But our world is about to change…
I have cried dozens of times thinking of not having them here. Friends have told us, “Oh you won’t even think about them when the baby comes.” I appreciate that they are trying to help, but I’m not a person who simply owns dogs. I’ve grown up with dogs my whole life and consider them family members, not just pets. I realize my priorities will be changing very soon, but it doesn’t mean I can easily cut ties with these two precious creatures who have been a part of our lives for the last several years.
I honestly don’t know what we will do. We are going to see how the first few weeks go. As of now, they sniff the new items in the nursery with suspicion. All four of us are about to have our worlds turned upside down by a tiny little baby..they just don’t know it yet.