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Milk Street Bowtie Savory Kale and Two-Cheese Scones

Savory Kale and Two-Cheese Scones

Appears in May-June 2020

1¼ hours 40 minutes active, plus cooling

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Savory Kale and Two-Cheese Scones

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When standard breakfast pastries are too sugary, bake a batch of these flavorful savory scones. This recipe is our adaptation of the hearty kale and cheese scones created by Briana Holt, of Tandem Coffee + Bakery in Portland, Maine. Dried currants and a small amount of the sugar in the dough complement the minerally, vegetal notes of the kale and counterbalance the saltiness of the cheddar and pecorino, while a good dose of black pepper adds an undercurrent of spiciness. Either lacinato kale (also called dinosaur or Tuscan kale) or curly kale will work; you will need an average-sized bunch to obtain the amount of chopped stemmed leaves for the recipe.

12

Large scones

Tip

Don’t allow the buttermilk and butter to lose their chill before use. Keeping them cold helps ensure that the dough will remain workable and won’t become unmanageably soft during shaping. When rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time, work quickly so the oven doesn’t lose too much heat.

1¼ hours

40 minutes active, plus cooling

80 grams (½ cup) dried currants
87 grams (4 cups) stemmed and finely chopped lacinato or curly kale (see note)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
455 grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
50 grams (¼ cup) white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
115 grams (4 ounces) sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cut into ¼-inch cubes (1 cup)
15 grams (½ ounce) finely grated pecorino Romano cheese (¼ cup)
1½ cups cold buttermilk
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled
1 large egg, beaten
36 grams (¼ cup) raw shelled sunflower seeds
Ingredients
  • 80

    grams (½ cup) dried currants

  • 87

    grams (4 cups) stemmed and finely chopped lacinato or curly kale (see note)

  • 1

    tablespoon lemon juice

  • 455

    grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 50

    grams (¼ cup) white sugar

  • 4

    teaspoons baking powder

  • ½

    teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoons table salt

  • 2

    teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 115

    grams (4 ounces) sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cut into ¼-inch cubes (1 cup)

  • 15

    grams (½ ounce) finely grated pecorino Romano cheese (¼ cup)

  • cups cold buttermilk

  • 16

    tablespoons (2 sticks) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled

  • 1

    large egg, beaten

  • 36

    grams (¼ cup) raw shelled sunflower seeds

Directions
  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 375°F with racks in the upper- and lower-middle positions. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with kitchen parchment. In a small microwave-safe bowl, stir together the currants and 2 tablespoons water. Microwave uncovered on high until warm and plump, about 30 seconds; set aside. In a medium bowl, toss the kale and lemon juice; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.
  2. 02
    To a food processor, add about half of the flour mixture and scatter all of the butter over the top. Pulse until the butter is in pieces slightly larger than peas, 10 to 12 pulses. Transfer to the bowl with the remaining flour mixture. Add the currants and any remaining liquid, the cheddar, pecorino and kale. Toss with your hands until well combined. Add about ⅓ of the buttermilk and toss just a few times with your hands, making sure to scrape along the bottom of the bowl, until the liquid is absorbed. Add the remaining buttermilk in 2 more additions, tossing after each. After the final addition of buttermilk, toss until no dry, floury bits remain. The mixture will be quite crumbly and will not form a cohesive dough.
  3. 03
    Lightly dust the counter with flour, turn the mixture out onto it, then give it a final toss. Divide it into 2 even piles, gathering each into a mound, then briefly knead each mound; it's fine if the mixture is still somewhat crumbly. Gather each mound into a ball, then press firmly into a cohesive 5-inch disk about 1½ inches thick. Using a chef's knife, cut each disk into 6 wedges. Place 6 wedges on each prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly apart. Brush the tops with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with the sunflower seeds, pressing lightly to adhere.
  4. 04
    Bake until the scones are deep golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes, then transfer directly to a rack and cool for at least another 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Tip: Don’t allow the buttermilk and butter to lose their chill before use. Keeping them cold helps ensure that the dough will remain workable and won’t become unmanageably soft during shaping. When rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time, work quickly so the oven doesn’t lose too much heat.
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Reviews
Carole K.

Followed the recipe using red kale because that’s what I had. Awesome.

Linda W.

This was excellent. I pulled my spinach from a bag of frozen, then rubbed it in my hands to easily break it up. Also, I think the wedge-cutting step would go better if the knife were wetted between cuts; next time I might even further simplify and simply drop from an ice-cream scoop.

Bill H.

My dough was so wet I could hardly work with it. Followed the recipe exactly using grams. Tasted delicious in the end but could hardly shape them.

Lorraine T.

I had the same situation, very wet dough. Hard to shape & place on pan, but lovedend result.

Lorraine T.

Do I keep scones refrigerated or on counter?
Can I freeze the scones for later? Or is it better to freeze 1/2 dough and then bake them later?
Best thing I did was to buy a great cheddar, not the bagged shredded stuff, imo.

Janelle C.

As a general note, it should be fine if left in a container on the counter for a few days (so long as it's not extra humid). You can freeze the dough to bake later. Leave it on a baking sheet and cover it with plastic wrap.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

elizabeth m.

Milk Street, I love your recipes but I really wish you would give options for those who don’t have a microwave. Often I find a recipe I want to make and get the ingredients (Such as I did with this) only to find that it requires a microwave.

Christine P.

You could pour boiling water over the currants instead of microwaving it.

Hanan F.

Can I use gluten free flour?

Janelle C.

We have not tested this, but we encourage you to try it and report back!

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Jennifer B.

loved these scones! I love savory so next time would skip the currents. I get a ton of greens every week with my csa so reckon any green would work.

Allison H.

When I visited Portland I went to Tandem every morning just to have these scones, they were so good. Beyond excited to have this recipe, they turned out perfectly! The process for me was exactly as described, and I really appreciate the specific details of knowing that it would a shaggy dough. It stopped me from potentially over-mixing. Just perfect and exactly as I remember from enjoying them at Tandem!

Alice C E.

This is both a question and a comment/answer to another baker. Question: I have the original recipe from Briana Holt/Tandem, which called for 727.5 g all purpose flour (6 cups) versus your 455 g (3.5 cups). Milk St is also suggesting a lot more cheese and keeping the volume of butter and buttermilk (1.5 cups) the same. I'm wondering if this reduction in flour in comparison to the other ingredients could have contributed to the wet dough some bakers experienced. I thought the flour measurement might be typo when the recipe first appeared on your site, but checked again now and it hasn't changed. I'm really surprised that you made such a significant reduction in Tandem's recipe and some bakers found that it worked out OK. Answer/comment: For the person who asked about gluten free, I made my Tandem recipe for these scones (1/2 recipe producing 8 normal sized scones) using 3 cups GF flour blend + 1.5 tsp xanthan gum and all other ingredients about the same as this Milk St recipe. Even with almost twice the ratio of flour, the dough wasn't all that shaggy and came together easily. It seemed well hydrated. The scones were delicious. I think if you substitute GF flour in this recipe 1:1 for the all purpose flour, you might get a REALLY wet dough. I hope that helps.

flavia Z.

Boy are these good. Great contrasts of taste and texture. I too had a wet dough. I'm sure the buttermilk was cold, and I thought the butter was. So I lowered the temp and baked 10 minutes longer and they came out a bit flatter than I would have liked, but still fine. Maybe using frozen butter?

Cathy L.

Made them twice, but first time used golden raisins as I could not find currants. Just made with currants, and I actually liked the raisins better. Rough chop them and add a teeny bit of flour to keep them from globbing. Either way, these scones make me a hero.

Dawn N.

As I don't yet own a food processor, I'm hoping to try this recipe with just a hand pastry cutter when adding the butter to flour. Any suggestions?


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Savory Kale and Two-Cheese Scones

Get Ready to Cook

12

Large scones

1¼ hours

40 minutes active, plus cooling

Tip

Don’t allow the buttermilk and butter to lose their chill before use. Keeping them cold helps ensure that the dough will remain workable and won’t become unmanageably soft during shaping. When rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time, work quickly so the oven doesn’t lose too much heat.

Ingredients
  • 80

    grams (½ cup) dried currants

  • 87

    grams (4 cups) stemmed and finely chopped lacinato or curly kale (see note)

  • 1

    tablespoon lemon juice

  • 455

    grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 50

    grams (¼ cup) white sugar

  • 4

    teaspoons baking powder

  • ½

    teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoons table salt

  • 2

    teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 115

    grams (4 ounces) sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cut into ¼-inch cubes (1 cup)

  • 15

    grams (½ ounce) finely grated pecorino Romano cheese (¼ cup)

  • cups cold buttermilk

  • 16

    tablespoons (2 sticks) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled

  • 1

    large egg, beaten

  • 36

    grams (¼ cup) raw shelled sunflower seeds

Step 1 of 4

Combine Dry Ingredients

80
grams (½ cup) dried currants
87
grams (4 cups) stemmed and finely chopped lacinato or curly kale (see note)
455
grams (3½ cups) all-purpose flour
50
grams (¼ cup) white sugar
4
teaspoons baking powder
½
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoons table salt
2
teaspoons ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 375°F with racks in the upper- and lower-middle positions. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with kitchen parchment. In a small microwave-safe bowl, stir together the currants and 2 tablespoons water.


Microwave uncovered on high until warm and plump, about 30 seconds; set aside. In a medium bowl, toss the kale and lemon juice; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.

Step 2 of 4

Create Dough Mixture

115
grams (4 ounces) sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cut into ¼-inch cubes (1 cup)
15
grams (½ ounce) finely grated pecorino Romano cheese (¼ cup)
cups cold buttermilk
16
tablespoons (2 sticks) salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled

To a food processor, add about half of the flour mixture and scatter all of the butter over the top. Pulse until the butter is in pieces slightly larger than peas, 10 to 12 pulses. Transfer to the bowl with the remaining flour mixture.


Add the currants and any remaining liquid, the cheddar, pecorino and kale. Toss with your hands until well combined. Add about ⅓ of the buttermilk and toss just a few times with your hands, making sure to scrape along the bottom of the bowl, until the liquid is absorbed.


Add the remaining buttermilk in 2 more additions, tossing after each. After the final addition of buttermilk, toss until no dry, floury bits remain. The mixture will be quite crumbly and will not form a cohesive dough.

Step 3 of 4

Separate Dough

Al-purpose flour, for dusting
1
large egg, beaten
36
grams (¼ cup) raw shelled sunflower seeds

Lightly dust the counter with flour, turn the mixture out onto it, then give it a final toss. Divide it into 2 even piles, gathering each into a mound, then briefly knead each mound; it's fine if the mixture is still somewhat crumbly.


Gather each mound into a ball, then press firmly into a cohesive 5-inch disk about 1½ inches thick. Using a chef's knife, cut each disk into 6 wedges.


Place 6 wedges on each prepared baking sheet, spaced evenly apart. Brush the tops with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with the sunflower seeds, pressing lightly to adhere.

Step 4 of 4

Bake, Cool and Serve

Bake until the scones are deep golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes, then transfer directly to a rack and cool for at least another 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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