For an eternal procrastinator on a budget like myself, there's no better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to serve her a mouthwatering breakfast right out of the oven. For a mom like mine, who's always watching her sweet tooth, I'll make flaky, cheese-tinged scones. If you're a beginner, try this no-fail recipe that's ready in only half an hour. Or, for a fancier breakfast in bed, use the scones in a Southern-inspired breakfast sandwich with black forest ham and honey mustard butter. Both show mom that you love her, so look at the two recipes when you
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- Heat oven to 400° F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.
- In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, and butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer to a large bowl and add the 2 cheeses, thyme, hot pepper flakes, and buttermilk. Stir until the mixture sticks together. (It will be slightly crumbly.)
- Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead gently until it comes together, about 30 seconds. Shape the dough to form an even, flat round about 1 inch thick. Cut the dough into 12 wedges. Place them about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
- Bake until the scones are light golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove with a metal spatula. These are best served fresh but can be made up to 2 days ahead. Wrap in foil and reheat in a 250° F oven for 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Nutritional information per serving: 201 calories, 7g fat, 1g fiber, 150mg sodium, 25g carbohydrates.
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4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter
6 ounces coarsely grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup whole milk
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
3 tablespoons honey
6 large soft-leafed lettuce leaves such as Bibb
1/2 pound very thinly sliced cooked ham (preferably Black Forest)
- Preheat oven to 425°F. and butter a large baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut butter into small bits and with your fingertips or a pastry blender blend into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Using a fork, stir in cheddar. Add milk and cream, stirring until just combined. Transfer mixture to a floured surface and with floured hands knead until it forms a dough.
- Roll out dough into a 12-inch round (about 1/2 inch thick). Using a 2-inch fluted round cutter, cut out scones and arrange about 1/2 inch apart on baking sheet. Gather and gently reroll scraps. Cut out more scones and arrange on baking sheet.
- Bake scones in middle of oven until pale golden, about 12 minutes, and transfer to a rack to cool. (Scones may be made 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container at cool room temperature.)
- In a small bowl, stir together butter, mustard, and honey. Tear each lettuce leaf into 4 pieces. Split scones and spread each split side with honey-mustard butter. Make sandwiches with scones, lettuce, and folded slices of ham.
Makes about 24 small sandwiches.
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