Savory Scones with Pimento Cheese
Recipe Type: Baking, Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 8 scones
Cheesy, aromatic savory scones are bursting with southern-style flavor. Perfect for brunch or a side to soup.
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon of white pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne
  • ⅛ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1 packed cup of sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk, preferably whole milk plus 2 tablespoons
  • 4 oz. of jarred pimentos, minced
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, white pepper, cayenne, smoked paprika together in a large bowl.
  3. Grate the butter on the large holes of a grater.
  4. Toss the butter and cheese into the flour. Fold in the pimentos.
  5. Pour in the ¾ of the buttermilk with a spoon until it comes together as a wet but shaggy dough.
  6. Put the dough on a floured surface and knead a few times until it's a cohesive dough.
  7. Roll out into a large rectangle and fold into thirds like a letter. Fold again into thirds.
  8. Put the dough on a floured plate and stick it in the freezer for about ten minutes.
  9. Roll out the dough to 12 by 4 inches.
  10. Cut the dough into fourths. Cut each of the squares in half diagonally.
  11. Put on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with the 2 tablespoons of buttermilk.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden.
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