I love scones because you can do so much with them. Sweet, savory or both! Yup, absolutely! Today I get to make bacon candied walnut scones with maple glaze and I have a special ingredient: Little Creek Maple Farm Syrup. It is delicious. An old (well, younger than me) coworker now lives in New Hampshire and runs a small batch maple syrup farm. Her product is to die for. Last year was our first collaboration, I made a sweet/spicy BBQ sauce, check it out!
This year we’re collaborating again, and I opted for making a sweet and savory scone with bacon, candied walnuts, with a light maple glaze. They turned out so good. Scones are really great to have anytime of day. I sometimes like them for a snack. And they are definitely perfect for breakfast. Pair up bacon candied walnut scones with maple glaze with a side of greens, and you have the perfect light meal.
But before I go on , I want to tell you about my coworker’s (Wendy) Etsy shop. She has some really cute products made by her. She has sunglasses cases, lanyards, key fobs. Check them out. They’re pretty and practical too. Wendy is so enterprising, I so admire her creativity.
Back to the scones, the sweet savory combo of bacon and candied walnuts accented with a bit of thyme is perfect. Now, the maple glaze really makes the scones shine; again no pun intended.
Okay, so about the glaze… I was all set to make a run of the mill glaze, when my son who is in culinary school, came into the kitchen and said “I’ll make the glaze!” Pretty soon, he was whisking ingredients in a bowl, while I feverishly tried to write down ingredients AND measurements of course. It turned out amazing.
I had the best intentions to take some scones into work the next day. Alas it was not to be!
This post has been sponsored by Little Creek Maple Farm, but all opinions are mine alone.
Bacon Candied Walnut Scones with Maple Glaze
Delicious sweet and savory scones topped with a delicious maple glaze and crumbled walnuts. They are perfect any time of day.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 16 scones
- 3 cups flour
- 4½ tsp. baking powder
- 1½ tsp. Kosher salt
- ½ tsp. sugar
- 9 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
- 1⅓ cup half and half
- 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme
- 3 slices of cooked bacon diced
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere
- ¼ cup cream for brushing
- Maple glaze:
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 Tbsp. cream
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla paste*
- dash of Kosher salt
- 4 Tbsp. maple syrup
- Candied Walnuts:
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- dash cayenne
- Preheat oven to 425'F.
- In the bowl of a food processor place flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar, then pulse to combine. Add the butter, and process on low until the mixture resembles a fine cornmeal.
- Next, transfer the flour mixture to a large bowl, and add the bacon, thyme and Gruyere. Combine with a wooden spoon or a spatula. Next, slowly add in the half and half mixing it with a spoon until all the ingredients begin to come together.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about two minutes.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to create a rectangle 12" x 6" X ¾".
- Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise. You will now have two rectangles.
- Cut each rectangle into 4 pieces, then cut each rectangle across in order to make two triangles.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place rectangles on top, then place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- While the scones are in the freezer make the candied walnuts by placing sugar with cayenne in a non-stick skillet. When the sugar begins to melt, throw in the walnuts and turn them over lightly until they are fully coated.
- Brush with cream then immediately bake for about 20-25 minutes or until they begin to turn brown. Remove from the oven, and place on a cooling rack.
- While the scones are cooling prepare the glaze. In a small bowl mix together the milk and cream. Slowly whisk in the powdered sugar until the mixture is even, then mix in the maple syrup, and the vanilla paste. *If you do not have vanilla paste, then ¼ tsp. of vanilla extract will do.
- Finally drizzle glaze on scones, and sprinkle with some of the candied walnuts.