Santa Fe Scones

Santa Fe Scones

There are very few things that please me as much as cooking up a nice dinner for valued family members. Scones are always such a comfort food and I served up these spiced cheese biscuits with a little Mexican flair with macaroni and paneer cheese with spinach as a special treat for my Dad and his sweet girlfriend, my good friend Andrew, and of course my husband. Much more nourishing than take-out, and usually much tastier. And moving around in my kitchen helps to keep me warm in these chilly autumn days — I'm okay with that!

Santa Fe SconesSanta Fe Scones
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Adapted from The Best Quick Breads: 150 Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Shortcakes, Gingerbreads, Cornbreads, Coffeecakes, and More
Published on November 12, 2010

Simple, attractive Cheddar cheese dinner biscuits with a crisp golden crust and a soft middle seasoned with Mexican flavors

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  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated extra-old Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Preheat an oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, chili powder, cumin and salt. Cut the butter in with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the cheese and red pepper. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Knead the mixture gently with floured hands and shape into 2-inch rounds. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them an inch apart.

  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for a few minutes and serve.

Makes 8 to 10 scones

Santa Fe Scones

More delightful savory biscuits from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Fresh Cherry Scones with Buttermilk
Cheddar Parmesan Scones with Dill
Pumpkin Scones
Jalapeno Cheddar Scones

Audio Accompaniment: Music For Films by Brian Eno


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I can envision a nice comforting soup with these as well Lisa. The cooler weather has definitely arrived.

Priya Suresh said...

Scones looks scrumptious..

tigerfish said...

Love your use of spices in these scones.

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AJ said...

Scones look very nice!!

The Food Hunter said...

I've never made scones. These look delicious. I really should try them. Thanks

Johanna GGG said...

scones are a great social food - and these look delicious - am sure your guests loved them

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eatme_delicious said...

I can never get enough savoury scones! I love the that these have finely chopped red pepper.