Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cheddar-Dill Scones

One of my cooking idols is Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa. Her style and approach to cooking is completely simple yet everything she makes abounds with flavor. If you were to ask me of all the famous cooking personalities I would like to meet and cook with, it would have to be Ina.

Several years ago, along with our really good friends, Mark and Dean, we started a gourmet club. One of our first menus was inspired by Ina’s 4th cookbook – Barefoot in Paris. We aptly titled the menu – “An Evening in Paris with Ina”. It was our homage to this iconic cookbook author, entertaining mentor and overall fantastic cook. A toast was done in her honor. The evening was so much fun and a complete success.

Several years ago, I was introduced to Ina’s cookbooks by my former neighbor and instantly fell in love with her style of cooking and entertaining. I soon purchased Ina’s first book and subsequently added to the collection each time a new one was available. Ina’s books have a special place in my cookbook bookcase. If I am looking for a proven recipe that is a winner each time, there is no question that I am heading for a Barefoot Contessa book.

I have found that with her catering background, the recipes are written to feed an army. Not literally, but typically I will cut them in half and it is perfect for my needs. Last weekend, while browsing between Food Network and The Cooking Channel, I caught Ina making her Cheddar-Dill Scones. My mouth began to water and knew that these needed to be made soon.

On Sunday, it was extremely foggy in parts of the Bay Area. Particularly where we live, it was like “pea soup” as they say. The fog set the tone for the Sunday morning breakfast. One of my husband’s favorite breakfast foods is corn beef and hash. Believe it or not, he loves the one from the can. Yes, I said it – the can. This weekend, I made him happy by serving the canned version with a fried egg on top. However, I needed to add the gourmet touch to the meal and that is where Ina’s Cheddar-Dill Scones came into the picture.

These scones are light, savory and crispy on the bottom. Can’t hurt that there is a “ton” of butter in these and add to the deliciousness. I took the recipe and made a half batch, which yielded about 16 scones. The recipe below reflects the half version. They were absolutely perfect with the corn beef hash. In fact we enjoyed them with chili for dinner that night.

Ina, you are simply the best!

Cheddar-Dill Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
1 ½ cubes butter, diced
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
½ cup cold heavy cream
¼ pound extra-sharp yellow Cheddar, small-diced
½ cup minced fresh dill
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water or milk, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine 2 cups of flour, the baking powder, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Mix the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Combine until just blended. Toss together the Cheddar, dill, and 1 tablespoon of flour and add them to the dough. Mix until they are almost incorporated.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it for 1 minute, until the Cheddar and dill are well distributed. Roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter about 2 inches wide, cut the scone. Brush the tops with egg wash. Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 15 minutes, until the outside is crusty and the inside is fully baked.


  1. Savory scones. I haven't tried that yet. Looks delicious!

  2. Looks fabulous. Love to try these!

  3. I love Ina, she calms me. Lovely recipe.

  4. A gourmet club sounds like so much fun :) I really enjoy savory scones over their sweet counterparts and these look fantastic :)

  5. Hi Lisa,

    The fog has been even worse over here where I'm at. I just had my hands on Ina's new book at Costco the other day. I think I'll get it on my next trip. Love the dill in these scones. Thanks for your sweet comment. I'm tired now the holidays are done and on the hunt for simpler foods such as this. Hope you have a wonderful week.


  6. I haven't tries savory scones yet either but they look so delicious! Cheddar and dill are soooo good!

  7. Oh I love making savory scones...and I'm such a fan of Ina too. These look like just perfect. They would be lovely at a dinner party! Thank you for sharing another creative and beautiful recipe. I hope you have a great Thursday...the week is almost done!

  8. I love Ina, too. Her recipes always work. That said, I don't know why I haven't tried these scones before--I certainly drool every time I see her make these. Yours look so perfect! I can almost taste the sharp cheese and the fresh dill!

  9. Hi Lisa: I too adore Ina - she is an inspiration and I enjoy her presentation style on The Barefoot Contessa. I recently added her Barefoot in Paris and Barefoot Contessa at Home books to my library. I'm looking fwd to making these cheddar dill scones (I wonder if extra sharp white cheddar would work well...I may try that!) ;)

  10. I need to get into the world of savory scones...mine always tend to be sweet, but these look fantastic!

  11. These look so good. I love Ina and watch her show all of the time.Like you she would be the person I would most like to meet of all of the famous cooking personalities.Her recipes are always so good and usually easy to make. I really like your blog!

  12. I love Ina too...I received her latest cookbook for Christmas and have made several recipes from it. All are wonderful!!! These scones look so good...I've never made scones, but these seem like the perfect addition to a lovely stew or soup. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  13. Savory scones, yum! With cheese?! WOW, these sound so good! I'd eat them as a meal. :)

  14. Ina is one of my favorite cookbook authors. In fact, I'm making an Ina meal for dinner tonight! (chicken piccata and buttermilk mashed potatoes) Your scones look fantastic! You can't go wrong with an Ina recipe.

  15. Wow absolutely amazing recipe! I will definitely give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing. I am your newest follower!


  16. Those look sooooo good. I've never thought of adding dill to scones. I make Ina's blueberry scones once in a while and they are ahhmazing, so I'm sure these will be too!! Great recipes you have.. :)


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