The other reason I wanted to make meatloaf is that I had made a spicy ketchup and I wanted to see how it was as the topping for the meatloaf. It was really delicious but I think it still needs some tweeking. I usually bake my meatloaf with tomato paste mixed with chili sauce instead of ketchup like most meatloaf lovers do. Regular, store bought ketchup is too sweet for my taste and I like the tangy, savory flavor of tomato paste. And for that extra special touch, about 15 minutes before it is done I cover it with sharp cheddar and continue cooking until the cheese has melted and has lovely, crunchy edges. Yum, there is nothing like baked cheese.
Meatloaf aside, savory scones are what I am really about today. Sun Dried Tomato-Basil-Parmesan Scones. I had a lot of fun making these. I am a big scone lover but until now I have only made sweet ones and I wanted a bread to go with the meatloaf that I was cooking. I have had this savory version swooshing around in my head for a couple of days now and I need to make them or the universe will be out of balance. (Don't recipes swoosh around in your head!). Let's face it, I will just be annoyed with myself if I don't make them and they sound so darn good. So, here goes!
Making scones is the same technique as making biscuits in that the fat is cut in, the liquid is then added and they are shaped into biscuits and baked at a high temperature. The main difference between the two is that scones are usually sweet and have the addition of eggs and less milk and biscuits contain only milk. The butter, flour and leavening ratios are basically the same.
For these scones, mix up the dry ingredients . . . the all purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, mustard, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
Place them on a greased pan (or lined with parchment paper) about 2 inches apart.
Brushed them with olive oil, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper.
The interesting thing about the burned sun dried tomatoes on top. They didn't taste burnt and didn't deter anyone from eating them. These scones lasted about 12 hours and there were at least 24 of them. Someone obviously had them for breakfast! Not a bad idea with eggs.
Sun Dried Tomato-Basil-Parmesan Scones
makes about 20+ small or 8 large wedge shaped scones
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour, unbleached
1 teaspoon of mustard powder
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne
1/4 cup of grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of unsalted cold butter (1/2 stick), cut into pieces
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil (can substitute 2 teaspoons dried basil)1/2 cup of finely chopped sun dried tomatoes, loosely packed
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of buttermilk
Olive oil for brushing the scone tops
Additional Parmesan cheese and black pepper for sprinkling on top of scones
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, mustard powder, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a bowl with a whisk. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter or with your finger tips until the flour looks like course meal. Toss in sun dried tomatoes and basil, stir once or twice to incorporate.
Beat the eggs with the buttermilk and add it to the flour mixture. Stir until just mixed and the dough pulls together. Place onto a well floured board and pat out a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. Shape the dough into a square to cut into square biscuits or a circle to cut wedges (like a pie or a classic scone). I cut mine into smaller, rough cut squares.
Place the scones on a greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown around the edges.