Rosemary Scones with Pancetta and Cracked Black Pepper

This is for Lorenzo. 
I like him. He is my baby sister’s boyfriend. My baby sister is 24. Wow.  My sister is my rib, she protects my heart and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to love and protect my rib than Lorenzo.
Lorenzo likes skulls, bikes and short seersucker shorts.
Lorenzo is the Phantom of the Opera.
Lorenzo has the devils curls.
Lorenzo likes to tell me to suck on lemons.
Lorenzo is taking my baby sister on a Mediterranean Cruise; we’ve talked about this before. I am jealous.
Lorenzo is the only man I know that can party until 2am and still suit up and look sharp for work at 8am.
Babie Steena and Lorenzo
Lorenzo knows what a topiary is.
Lorenzo and I both had mullets when we were babies.
Lorenzo, despite what you might think, is a little angel.
Lorenzo gives really good presents.
Lorenzo calls me “R.Moussa”. It’s my check signing name.
Lorenzo likes ham scones.
So, I make him Ham Scones.
These little scones are like the Johnny Cash of scones. They walk the line perfectly between savory and sweet.  This recipe is slightly adapted from my original recipe for Ham Scones which I made for the Moussa Girls Holiday Tea. They were a big hit then, now they are Rosemary Scones with Pancetta and Cracked Black Pepper and they are… yup, you guessed it, super fancy.
2 Cups Flour
3 TB Sugar
2TB Baking Powder
1TS Baking Soda
1 TS Salt
5 TB Butter
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Egg Yolk
2 TB Chopped Fresh Rosemary
1/3 Cup Cooked Diced Pancetta
Cracked Black Pepper to taste
Cream (for mopping scone tops)
Dice the Pancetta into teeny little cubes and brown in a skillet, set aside to cool.
In a food processor blend all the dry ingredients.
Pulse in butter until it is coarsely combined with the flour.
Pulse in sour cream and egg yolk.
Don’t go overboard with the pulses, the dough should be clumpy, almost like wet sand.
Add the chopped rosemary, cracked black pepper and browned pancetta.
Turn onto a floured chopping board and knead into a ball.
Flatten the ball until it is about ¼ of an inch thick. Try to keep it in a square-ish shape. I can never do it, but it would easier to cut that way.
Cut the Dough dividing it into fourths, and then divide those into fourths.
Put the scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and then mop each one with a little cream. This will help gloss and crisp up the tops. Then crack a little more pepper on top.
Bake in the oven at 400° for about seventeen minutes, until the tops are browned.
Share these scones. People will love you, give them to that guy you always see on the bus, they will go perfectly with his morning coffee. Give them to the sweet girl in your office, she could use another reason to smile. Wrap them up and send them to Lorenzo, he loves them.

1 comment:

  1. These look so savory and delicious. I wish I had a nice warm scone for to go with my lunch today.