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Sourdough Ham & Cheese Scones {For Discard Starter}

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Sourdough Ham & Cheese Scones are my go-tos for Saturday mornings. Pair them with scrambled eggs and a hot beverage for a perfect brunch!

Sourdough Ham and Cheese Scones on metal plate

One of my favorite Saturday morning breakfasts, and by morning I mean anything after 9 am, is Sourdough Ham & Cheese Scones and a plate of scrambled eggs with a piping hot pot of Irish Breakfast Tea.

To be perfectly honest, that’s my second favorite Saturday breakfast.

My favorite favorite is Eggs Benedict and Mimosas. But that’s a totally different post…

One particularly wet and dreary winter morning I was feeding my sourdough starter and decided that I really needed more sourdough discard recipes.

I already had the Sourdough Waffles, Sourdough Biscuits, and Sourdough Blueberry Lemon Muffins, but as they say, variety is the spice of life.

So I began to play around in the kitchen like I do.

And thus was born this sourdough ham & cheese scone recipe.

sourdough ham & cheese scone on white plate

Sourdough Ham and Cheese Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 stick cold unsalted butter (10 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • 3 Tablespoons minced fresh chives (OR 1 Tbsp dried)
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (unfed)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (OR regular milk)
  • melted garlic butter for topping (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

These scones can be baked on either a baking stone or a cookie sheet.

If you are using a cookie sheet, lightly butter it or line it with parchment paper.

Grab your favorite medium bowl. Whisk together the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

Cut your cold butter into small pieces. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have crumbs about the size of a pea.

dry ingredients for sourdough ham and cheese scones in bowl with pastry blender

Now mix the ham, cheese, and chives into the flour & butter mixture until it’s all evenly distributed.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter and the heavy cream.

You want to mix it well here so that you don’t have to mix the dough a lot. Too much mixing will make the scones tough.

Now with a fork stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened. The dough will be dry.

adding wet ingredients to dry ingredients

Press the dough into a ball.

Then turn it out onto a VERY lightly floured surface. You need just enough so that it doesn’t stick.

Pat out the dough into a circle about 1/2″ thick.

If you prefer your scones in wedges, simple cut the circle into 8 pieces.

If you want fancier scones, grab your favorite biscuit cutter. I love these round fluted ones.

Dip your biscuit cutter in flour and cut out as many scones as you can. Lightly rework the dough and pat it out again and cut out some more until you have used all the dough.

Reworking the dough more than twice will cause the scones to be tough.

Put the scones onto a baking stone or a prepared baking sheet.

I love using a baking stone with all my baked goodies from breads to these scones. It makes the bottoms crispy and ensures that everything cooks evenly.

I recommend this rectangle baking stone for scones and biscuits.

If your kitchen is warm, you can put the scones into the fridge for 30 minutes. But don’t ever put your baking stone in the fridge.

Put 2 Tbsp of butter into a tiny saucepan. Let it melt and add about 1/8 tsp garlic salt and mix it up with a pastry brush.

I like to melt my butter in my cast iron sauce pan while the oven is preheating.

scones on baking stone brushed with butter

Now brush the top of the scones with the melted garlic butter, then put them in the preheated oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until these luscious sourdough ham and cheese scones are golden brown.

Let cool slightly on a wire rack.

sourdough ham and cheese scones cooling on wire rack

This recipe makes 8 wedges, or 8 to 12 scones based on the size of the biscuit cutter you use.

These sourdough discard scones are great to serve warm with fried or scrambled eggs, on their own with your favorite hot beverage, or eaten cold later in the day as a snack.

More Sourdough Discard Recipes you should try:

Sourdough Ham & Cheese Scones

Sourdough Ham & Cheese Scones are one of my go-tos for Saturday mornings. Pair them with scrambled or poached eggs and a hot beverage for a perfect brunch!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 scones
Calories 220 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 10 tbsp stick cold butter 1 1/4 sticks
  • 1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • 3 Tbsp minced fresh chives OR 1 Tbsp dried
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter unfed
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream OR regular milk
  • melted garlic butter for topping optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Cut your cold butter into small pieces. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have crumbs about the size of a pea.
  • Now mix the ham, cheese, and chives into the flour & butter mixture until it’s all evenly distributed.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sourdough starter and the heavy cream.
  • Now with a fork stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened. The dough will be dry.
  • Press the dough into a ball and turn out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Pat out the dough until it’s about 1/2″ thick.
  • With a floured biscuit cutter cut out as many scones as you can. Lightly rework the dough and pat it out again and cut out some more until you have used all the dough.
  • Put the scones onto a baking stone or a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Put 2 Tbsp on butter into a tiny sauce pan. Let it melt and add about 1/8 tsp garlic salt and mix it up with a pasty brush.
  • Now brush the top of the scones with the melted garlic butter, then put them in the preheated oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until these luscious sourdough ham and cheese scones are golden brown.

Notes

Serve warm.
These are great to go with fried or scrambled eggs, or even on their own with your favorite hot beverage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sconeCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 433mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 473IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 1mg
Keyword scones, sourdough, sourdough discard recipe
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By on January 22nd, 2022

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