Cheddar and Thyme Scones with Tomato Jam

Thursday, January 5, 2017

This week we welcome back guest blogger Molly from My Name Is Yeh. Molly recently moved from Brooklyn to a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border, where she makes big tasty farm lunches, hangs out with her little flock of chickens, bakes, writes, plays music, and takes pictures.

Here is an anytime snack that is perfect for when you need something cheesy and carby but you don't have any bread in the house. It's a savory scone with onions, cheddar, and tiny flecks of thyme, served with sweet tomato jam. These scones are crumbly yet moist, and Kerrygold's Reserve Cheddar is flavorful enough to cut through the scone dough that surrounds it.

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Cheddar and Thyme Scones with Tomato Jam
Serves:  9 scones
Ingredients:

Scones:

2 cups flour

1tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon salt

black pepper

1 tablespoon sugar

5 oz. shredded Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar

1/2 cup Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, chilled and cubed

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 large egg

1/2 cup heavy cream

 

Tomato Jam:

2 lb. roma (plum) tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Pinch of crushed red pepper

Black pepper

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment.

In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, thyme, salt, a few turns of pepper, and the sugar. Add the cheese (setting aside 1/2 cup for the topping) and butter to the food processor and pulse until the butter is pea-sized.

Add the mixture to a large bowl and mix in the onion. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and heavy cream. Add to the dry mixture and mix to combine.

Turn the dough onto a surface (you may need to give it a few kneads to bring those last few crumbs in) and pat it out into a square that is 1 inch thick. Cut the large square into 9 smaller squares and place the scones on the baking sheets spaced 2 inches apart. Top each with salt, pepper, and a bit of the reserved cheese.

Bake the scones until they're lightly browned, beginning checking for doneness after 15 minutes. remove from the oven and serve warm with tomato jam (recipe follows).

For the tomato jam:

In a saucepan, combine the tomatoes, sugar, salt, crushed red pepper, and a few turns of black pepper. Set over medium heat and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has cooked off, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Press through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the tomato skins. Stir in the lemon juice. Let cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.