Scones are full of possibilities.
Scones present us with an excellent blank canvas that allows our culinary creativity to shine through. Caramelized onion, pancetta, fig scones is my new, savory scone pastry creation. I tell you, these babies hit the spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I am speaking from personal experience when I say this.
Until recently, my experience was limited to the sweet variety. What a boring limitation, right? Then, a few months ago I went to a retirement party for a colleague. One of my co-workers brought a set of savory scones to the party. The blue cheese and pecan mix BLEW ME AWAY, and also inspired me to create my own flavor profiles. Soon after that party I combined feta and walnut; they were a family hit. So, I said to myself:”Why stop there?” And the adventure continued.
They will go with EVERYTHING
Enjoy them with a side of mixed greens, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine. If you can’t find pancetta, pieces of thick bacon work just as well. Pancetta is similar to pork belly; it is cured with salt and also other aromatics. On the other hand, bacon is cold smoked after it is cured. There is your pork lesson for today.
Finally, these will keep for a couple of days in your refrigerator. I hope you like this easy scones recipe as much as my family and I do. And most important, don’t forget to spread the love and share the recipe so your friends can enjoy it too!
Try my other scones recipes here:
Bacon Candied Walnut Scones with Maple Glaze Get your sweet and savory fix with these anytime of day scones.
Savory Feta Walnut Scones These are the perfect pairing to your lunch or dinner.
Caramelized Onion, Pancetta, Fig Scones
Bake some delicious and simple melt in your mouth savory scones with carmelized onion, pancetta and figs. You will love these for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Cook the pancetta in a skillet until the pieces begin to brown. Transfer the pancetta to a place lined with paper towel. Save the pancetta grease.
- To caramelize the onions, saute onion slices in the pancetta grease until translucent. Sprinkle with the brown sugar, and cayenne pepper then turn down the heat. Allow to cook for about 45 minutes uncovered.
- Preheat oven to 425'F.
- In a food processor place flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Pulse a few times to combine all the ingredients.
- Add in the butter and continue to pulse until the mixture forms resembles a coarse meal.
- Transfer to a large bowl. Add the figs, pancetta, caramelized onions, and thyme.
- Slowly add in the half and half while mixing with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- Transfer dough to a floured surface, and knead the dough until in comes together. The dough will be moist, but able to be rolled.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out dough into the shape of a rectangle that is about 12" x 6" by 3/4".
- Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise. You will now have 2 rectangles that are 12" x 3".
- Cut each rectangle into 4 pieces. Cut each rectangle across in order to make two triangles.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place rectangles on top. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
- Brush with cream then immediately bake for about 15 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. The scones should be slightly brown.