Ham & Cheese Scones

This is my favorite scone recipe and a great way to use leftover ham.

Ingredients

  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  tbsp  baking powder
  • 2  tsp  sugar
  • 1/4  tsp  salt
  • 1/4  tsp  ground red pepper
  • 3  tbsp chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4  cup  (3 ounces) shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4  cup  finely chopped ham (about 3 ounces)
  • 3/4  cup buttermilk (low-fat is fine)
  • 2  large egg whites
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Stir in cheese and ham.
  5. Combine buttermilk and egg whites, stirring with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 to 5 times with floured hands.
  7. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  8. Cut dough into 8 wedges, cutting into but not through dough.
  9. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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