Pico de Gallo Scones

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  • PREP TIME
    20 Min
  • COOK TIME
    50 Min
  • SERVINGS
    12

Scones (and their Southern sister, the biscuit) are at their heart a very simple proposition. They are flour, leavening, salt (and sometimes sugar) mixed with cold butter and held together with buttermilk or cream. The moisture in the cold butter evaporates in the oven when it melts, poofing up the dough and producing layers of soft, chewy pastry perfection.

Among the many marvelous attributes of scones are that they are also highly adaptable. They can be a sweet breakfast pastry or stuffed with cheese and chiles and served with soup for dinner.

These Pico de Gallo scones are loaded with sweet red onions, spicy Serrano chiles, Cacique® Ranchero® Queso Fresco and lime zest. Most scone recipes call for heavy cream or buttermilk but I wanted something really special, so I used Cacique® Crema Mexicana to make a soft, pliable dough that produces a fluffy, dreamy scone. They scream Mother’s Day brunch alongside some scrambled eggs and bacon and a big, fat Bloody Mary and because I’m a mother I think I’m in good authority to know what moms want. Of course if you have some left over they would be just as happy accompanying a bowl of chili.

I don’t know why I got it in my head that they would be better cut, but not separated, but whatever brainwave I was on was a good one. They turned out so soft, and almost doughy (a good thing, I promise you). The cheese melted but didn’t get chewy and they were ridiculously fluffy. If you like scones with more of a crunchy edge however, feel free to separate and bake.

These scones are superior fresh from the oven but if you’d like to plan ahead, you can make them up to several days before and stick them (unbaked) in the freezer. When you are ready to bake, just place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and into the hot oven, you don’t need to let them thaw out first or anything.

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