Friday, August 13, 2010


makes twenty

1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
10 ripe strawberries, halved
3 tablespoons strawberry preserves
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk plus additional for brushing
8 oz. crème fraiche (or sour cream)

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Whisk together flour, sage, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingers or a food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in buttermilk, stirring until a dough forms. Gather dough into a ball and gently knead on a lightly floured surface 8 times. Pat or roll dough until 1/2 inch thick and cut into 2 inch rounds.

Arrange biscuits about 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet and brush tops with additional buttermilk. With the back of a spoon or your thumb, press indents into each biscuit, leaving a rim around the outside. Place about 1/2 tsp. of jam in each, and some bacon crumbles. Place strawberry half on top, and press down firmly.

Bake in middle of oven until golden brown and biscuits are cooked through, about 7-10 minutes. Mix crème fraiche with honey until slightly sweet, to taste. Serve warm, topped with crème fraiche mixture and garnished with edible flowers.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Liz Vidyarthi, Zested, May 9, 2010 | Gourmet, February 2000

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