A lot of people on the Bay Area board love the local restaurant Town Hall appetizer called 'Warm Bakewell Biscuits with Smithfield Ham and Pepper Jam'. But at $12.50 a pop, I couldn't help thinking it would be quite easy to make at home.
I was recently tried to source Smithfield Ham locally on the Bay Area newsgroup, without much luck. The reason was to try and recreate the Town Hall's recipe at home.
In the end I decided to develop a more local recipe. One that celebrated local products.
So instead of Bakewell cream, I used Creme Fraiche from the cowgirl creamery. Instead of red pepper jam, I bought some of Tierra's Chile Jam at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market. ($8.50 a jar, will last for ages). I failed on the ham front in terms of local, but instead of using hard-to-find Smithfield, I opted for Serrano which I personally like. Prosciutto would be an aternative.
Here is my recipe:
For the Scones, Ingredients:
(makes about 20)
2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
6 oz butter (6 tablespoons)
1/3rd cup of Cowgirl Creamery Creme Fraiche
1/3rd cup of water
1 egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 450 F
Sieve the flour, baking powder and soda into a large bowl. Add salt.
Slice cold butter into small cubes. Add to the flour.
Crumb the ingredients together using the tips of your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Mix the water and cream together and then add to the flour mixture.
Mix together until a dough forms.
Roll dough out to a thickness of about 1/2 an inch.
Using a small cookie-cutter, cut out rounds and place on an ungreased baking-tray.
Brush the tops with beaten egg.
Cook for 13-15 minutes until firm and golden.
Remove scones to a wire rack. Eat as soon as possible, the fresher the better.
Serve the scones butter, ham and chile jam.
Scones need butter. We used a cold, unsalted European butter.
You can use whichever butter is your favourite.
Our ham of choice would be a cured salty ham like serrano or prosciutto.
If you can get the Smithfield ham then great, but it's difficult to source here in San Francisco which is why chose the Serrano.
We were intending to make some homemade chili jam but changed our minds when we discovered Tierra's range of chili jams at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer's Market. The jams are $8.50 a jar. There are several options, we like the Smoky with Rojo and Chipotle chiles best.
I have made a few different scone recipes recently. This one, which I developed myself, makes really light, delicious scones. I served the scones as a mid-afternoon snack with a rose cava when some friends dropped by to check out our new pad. They went down very well!