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Maple Scones with Candied Bacon

January 30, 2014




You guys. It’s freezing! Literally. I’ve always considered myself a cold weather person. Summer heat always make me grumpy and winter chills always make me feel the coziest…until now, that is. Living in the south-east, I now know what winter really feels like and I hate to say it (mostly because I have no way out), but I’m not a fan. Not even a little. I admit, seeing snow fall and create a winter wonderland for the first time a few weeks ago was completely magical. But after the second snow fall, and then the third… I’ve had enough! 72 and sunny runs through my veins and I am California dreamin’ like nobody’s business.

So, what does this rant have to do with maple bacon scones you ask?! Not a thing. Let’s move on to the good stuff, shall we? I mean, who has time to think of the winter blues when there’s warm, out of the oven maple scones laden with candied bacon? Not me, that’s who. These scones are my silver lining, my shelter from the storm, my sunshine. And take it from me… you’ll want to make them. -xo




Maple Scones with Candied Bacon (adapted from Barefoot Contessa)

Makes about 14 scones


For the bacon:

  • 10 strips applewood smoked bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

For the scones:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, diced (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup cold buttermilk  (NOTE: you can combine 1/2 tablespoon vinegar with 1/2 milk and let sit for 10 minutes if buttermilk is not available)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk or water, for egg wash
  • 1 cup candied bacon, crumbled and divided ( 1/2 will go into the scone mix 1/2 will be reserved for topping scones)

For the glaze: 

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For the bacon:

Position 1 rack in top third of oven and preheat to 400°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place large rack on lined baking sheet. Arrange bacon slices in single layer on rack. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over. Bake until bacon is crisp and glazed, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and serve.

For the scones:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flours, oats, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Blend the cold butter in at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Mix in crumbled bacon. Combine the buttermilk, maple syrup, and eggs and add quickly to the flour-and-butter mixture. Mix until just blended. The dough may be sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface and be sure it is combined. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4- to 1-inch thick. You should see lumps of butter in the dough. Cut into 3-inch rounds with a plain or fluted cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush the tops with egg wash. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are crisp and the insides are done.

For the glaze:

Combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. When the scones are done, cool for 5 minutes, and drizzle each scone with 1 tablespoon of glaze. The warmer the scones are when you glaze them, the thinner the glaze will be. Top with reserved bacon crumbles.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2014 11:04 am

    I want these way too much for my own good! Love maple and bacon together, just made maple bacon popcorn the other night :)

  2. January 30, 2014 11:29 am

    You had me at candied bacon! These look GOOOOODDD!!

  3. January 30, 2014 12:01 pm

    I saw the episode where Ina Garten made these, they’re still bookmarked in my recipe box. Yours look wonderful! I’m sorry you’re not feeling the weather, I live in Michigan so this -20 windchill we’ve been getting this week is just par for the course for us lol. Great post!

  4. January 30, 2014 12:01 pm

    Looks delicious!!!

  5. January 30, 2014 12:26 pm

    Reblogged this on J(ch)ulia alias Kröpfli and commented:
    now I want to bake…

  6. January 30, 2014 12:41 pm

    Oh my goodness… I need to have one of these. More than one. Two or three… or all of them!! They look so delish.. Wonderful recipe!
    I’m in the Northeast… and I have to agree with you, it’s pretty darn cold! We can usually handle the cold, but when it gets to be -30, it’s cold!! :-)

  7. January 30, 2014 2:24 pm

    Looks yum!

  8. January 31, 2014 2:45 am

    I have been wanting to make blueberry scones for a while… forget that now! Thank you for sharing!

  9. January 31, 2014 4:06 am

    Reblogged this on supermom1221 and commented:
    OMG, THESE LOOK SO GOOD. Have to make these for the kiddos!

  10. January 31, 2014 4:41 am

    Oh my… I hope I have the ingredients to test these out this weekend or I’m going to have to go shopping! They look delicious!

  11. Mert Parsons permalink
    January 31, 2014 7:58 am

    Wow! If only we lived next door!

  12. January 31, 2014 10:09 am

    Oh, this is all kindsa wrong! I cannot wait to make these this weekend!! WOW!

  13. January 31, 2014 9:30 pm

    Salivating as we speak haha ;)

  14. VVernhard permalink
    February 4, 2014 5:48 am

    Hat dies auf KP28 * Soul Food rebloggt.

  15. February 5, 2014 11:43 am

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Repostería creativa, tartas fondant

  16. February 6, 2014 8:38 am

    I’m with you on the weather. I’m from sunny California going to school in Washington and there is definitely some sunny dreamin’ going on! These look good!

  17. February 7, 2014 6:54 am

    Oh my GLOB! They look delicious! I’ll have to make them. :) It’s freezing here where I am too…so I feel your pain.

  18. February 9, 2014 10:49 am

    We’re finally getting hit with the rain here CA. 4 straight days. Can these scones cure the rainy blues too?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 10, 2014 10:25 am

      Hooray for rain!! You guys need it. Bacon scones are cure-alls. EAT UP!! xo

  19. March 12, 2014 4:41 pm

    god these look so dangerous! you’re a genius!

  20. April 21, 2014 3:52 pm

    These look scrumptious!! I simply have to make this recipe :D

  21. May 2, 2014 10:51 am

    Oh these remind me of mini scone like cakes that my grandparents would make from the pork drippings. Sounds gross, but gezz they were tasty- love the sweet addition!!

  22. June 18, 2014 9:05 pm

    These look absolutely devine! I love all things sweet and especially all things bacon! If it wasn’t for my love of BBQ, I would have been a baker. I definitely need to give these a try! yum!

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