Cheddar Pecan Scones

Packed with sharp Cheddar cheese with a kick of black pepper, these Cheddar Pecan Scones are just as at home on the breakfast table as they are in your dinner time breadbasket. Their tender crumb and crisp, craggy exterior are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more, but the real star of this show is Sunnyland Farms’ Raw Georgia Pecan Halves. Sunnyland’s pecans are harvested, shelled, and packaged on their scenic family-owned farms in Albany, Georgia, right in the heart of pecan country. Their rich pecans stud the inside of the Cheddar Pecan Scones, lending addicting crunch and nuttiness to every bite—like no other pecan can.

Cheddar Pecan Scones
 

Makes 8 scones
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup (76 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup (71 grams) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup (57 grams) finely chopped Sunnyland Farms Raw Georgia Pecan Halves
  • ¾ cup (180 grams) plus 1 tablespoon
  • (15 grams) cold heavy whipping cream, divided

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray an 8-well cast-iron wedge pan with baking spray with flour. (See Note.)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, red pepper, and black pepper. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in cheese and pecans. Add ¾ cup (180 grams) cold cream, stirring with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Working gently, bring mixture together with hands until a dough forms.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and pat into 7-inch circle. Using a bench scraper or sharp knife, cut into 8 wedges. Place a wedge in each well of prepared pan. Brush tops with remaining 1 tablespoon (15 grams) cream.
  4. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes
You can also bake these scones in a regular 10-inch cast-iron skillet or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. After you cut the circle of dough into 8 wedges in step 3, place scones about 1½ inches apart on prepared baking sheet, and proceed with recipe. If using a regular skillet, transfer dough to skillet, and proceed with recipe.

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Herbed Sour Cream Pull-Apart Loaf

Packed with fresh herbs, this buttery Herbed Sour Cream Pull-Apart Loaf has an extra-fluffy texture thanks to the addition of sour cream in the dough.

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Herbed Sour Cream Pull-Apart Loaf
 

Makes 1 (9×5-inch) loaf
Ingredients
  • 3¼ cups (413 grams) bread flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons (7 grams) instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup (240 grams) sour cream
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) water
  • 1 large egg (50 grams), room temperature
  • ⅓ cup (76 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon (10 grams) minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (2 grams) chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon (2 grams) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon (2 grams) chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon (2 grams) flaked sea salt
  • Garnish: chopped fresh rosemary, chopped fresh thyme, chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk together 1½ cups (191 grams) flour, sugar, yeast, and 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) kosher salt by hand.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat sour cream, butter, and ¼ cup (60 grams) water over medium heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C).
  3. With mixer on medium speed, pour warm sour cream mixture into flour mixture, beating until combined and cooled slightly, about 1 minute. Add egg, and beat at medium speed until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add remaining 1¾ cups (222 grams) flour, beating until well combined and stopping to scrape sides of bowl, about 1 minute.
  4. Lightly spray a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and remaining ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt.
  6. Divide dough into 36 pieces (22 grams each). With lightly floured hands, working with 1 piece at a time (keep remaining dough covered to prevent it from drying out), roll each piece into a smooth ball. Dip each ball into melted butter mixture, and place in a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Pour any remaining melted butter mixture over dough in pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  8. Sprinkle dough with flaked salt.
  9. Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 35 to 40 minutes, covering with foil halfway through baking to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and garnish with rosemary, thyme, and parsley, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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