June 6, 2011

Father’s Day Is Just Around The Corner!

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Father’s Day always sneaks up on me, so here is a friendly reminder for all of you to do something special for that Dad in your life on June 19th. Rather easy to lose track of, as this day is nestled into the quiet month of June, let’s be wholly prepared this year!

Your father does not need another tie speckled with green diamonds or music notes. He has plenty of watches, baseball caps and shaving cream as well. All your dad really wants is for someone to let him eat as much bacon as he can in one day. Bacon with his eggs, bacon on his sandwich, a side of bacon at dinner time, and chopped bacon scattered over his cake. On June 19th, don’t forget to add his favorite ingredient to everything you cook for him. A day devoted to him only comes along once a year.

A wonderful combination of salty and sweet, these scones will make a dad in your life know how much you really care.

Bacon and Date Scones from Bon Appetit

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces thick cut bacon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 & ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chopped Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup chilled unsalted butter, chopped into ½ inch cubes unless mixing by hand
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg for brushing, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet, cook your bacon over medium heat. Before your bacon reaches crispness, transfer your pieces to paper towels to drain excess fat. Once cooled, chop into ¼ inch pieces.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine your flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add your bacon and dates. If using a kitchen aid or hand mixer, add your cold butter cubes and mix until the largest pieces of butter are the size of a pea. You do not want to over mix. If you are mixing by hand, grate your butter into your dry ingredients and use a fork to mix the butter in.
  4. Add your buttermilk and mix until things just begin to combine and hold together. If you over mix, your scones can become hard.
  5. On a floured surface, gently pat your batter into a circle with one inch of thickness. You can either cut your scones into equal sized wedges, or use a cup or cookie cutter to cut out circles. Brush the tops of each scone with either bacon drippings or a beaten egg. This adds a glossy sheen.
  6. Place scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 17 minutes or until done.