Cheesy and herby buttermilk biscuits that are delightfully soft in the middle and extra flaky on the outside, and stuffed with a perfectly cooked egg and wrapped with bacon for good measure. These flavor-packed bacon wrapped Egg Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits (Breakfast Scones) are the quintessential weekend brunch food! Can be prepped the night before and baked in the morning.
So first things first, I know these as scones, because in NZ and Australia, we used to call these beloved quick bread – scones. But here in the US, they are called biscuits (while biscuits refer to cookies where I grew up, but that’s a discussion for another day). It took me awhile to understand the subtle differences, but as I see it,
Regular scones in the UK, NZ and Australia are called biscuits in the US, and rock scones in those countries are what are known as scones in the US.
Regardless of what they are called, I LOVE eating scones/biscuits! Always have, while my sister couldn’t stand them. However, I’m willing to bet anything that she too would LOVE these Bacon wrapped Egg stuffed Breakfast Biscuits (Breakfast Scones)!.
So I’ve made these egg stuffed breakfast biscuits number of times, and I’ve made them two ways. A majority of the time I make them with PERFECTLY cooked egg yolks, but occasionally, I also make them with beautifully runny yolks! It’s just a little more work to get runny yolks because for that you need to use half-boiled eggs with under-cooked egg whites, and it’s so hard to peel eggs when the egg whites are that soft. So it’s easier to make these breakfast biscuits with perfectly cooked eggs (most would even prefer it that way), and for that you start with a soft boiled egg where the egg white is mostly set, and the egg yolk is runny.
Here are some tips to get perfectly cooked bacon wrapped egg stuffed breakfast biscuits (or breakfast scones) –
The eggs are cooked for exactly 5 1/2 minutes in boiling water, and then immediately submerged in icy water (if you cook the eggs for 4 1/2 to 5 minutes, you’ll get a softer egg white, but those are harder to peel).
The eggs are then refrigerated overnight, so that they are COMPLETELY chilled.
Use slightly older eggs (which are easier to peel than fresh ones). Crack the eggs gently ALL OVER, and then peel them under water to make it easier. Then dry the eggs on paper towels and store in the fridge until needed.
And here are some tips for making these Herb and Cheese Breakfast Biscuits (tips for making scones) –
These breakfast biscuits are based on soft buttermilk biscuits, so they have a very soft, light texture on the inside, with a delightfully flaky exterior.
Start with all the ingredients completely chilled. Flour and buttermilk (or regular milk) should be cold, because that ensures the biscuits are soft and flaky. The chilled bitter can either be grated (using a cheese grater) and kept frozen, OR cut into cubes and kept in the fridge.
DO NOT over handle the dough. Mix until you get a scraggly dough that has JUST come together. Then, step away from the dough, and leave it alone! 🙂 Don’t over mix.
You can wrap 1 or 2 bacon strips around your breakfast biscuits. I usually loosely wrap the biscuits with one bacon strip, then wrap a second one around the first one in the opposite direction. The biscuits (scones) expand as they bake, so this keeps the bacon somewhat firmly wrapped.
You can store the uncooked biscuits in the fridge overnight. But make to completely cover your baking sheet with plastic wrap to prevent the dough from drying out. Only wrap bacon strips around the biscuits (scones), just before baking. Do keep in mind though that if these biscuits were chilled in the fridge overnight, you will need to bake them a few minutes longer than what the recipe calls for.
These bacon wrapped egg stuffed breakfast biscuits (breakfast scones) are an absolute treat, and border on perfect brunch food for me. Soft in the middle, flaky on the outside, and packed with flavor (even better with a little bit of warm butter brushed on top). They can be prepped the night before, and then baked in the morning for a warm and satisfying breakfast/brunch. These breakfast biscuits are really filling and one is more than enough for Mr K and I (at a time, at least). Pair it with a simple, bubbly brunch cocktail like this blueberry passion fruit mimosa (or any drink you like), and you’ll be in brunch heaven.
- 226 g / 8 oz unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
- 455 g / 1 lb AP flour, chilled
- 1½ tsp salt
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp chopped herbs (I used dill, thyme and parsley)
- 226 g / 8 oz grated cheddar cheese
- 1 ½ cups chilled buttermilk
- 12 strips of bacon
- Ice cream scoop
- Fill a pot with water and add a generous pinch of salt (a pot large enough to hold 8 eggs, with 1 inch of water above them). Bring the water to a boil.
- Carefully lower the eggs into the boiling water, and lower the heat to a simmer. Start the timer for 5 ½ minutes as soon as the eggs are placed in water. When the time is up, remove the eggs and place them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Refrigerate the eggs overnight.
- Preheat oven to 425°F if you're going to be eating these right away.
- Carefully peel the eggs, and place them on paper towels to remove any moisture.
- Place the chilled flour in a chilled bowl. Add the salt, baking powder and chopped herbs and whisk well.
- Add butter to the flour. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter and flour together until it resembles coarse crumbs. (You can pulse it all together in a food processor too).
- Add ¾ of the grated cheddar cheese and mix in. Pour the milk in 2 additions, gently mixing in until the dough comes together to form a scraggly dough. DO NOT OVER-MIX. Reserve the rest of the cheese.
- Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop 6 - 8 portions onto the baking tray. Flatten each one, making a dent in the middle, and place the egg on top.
- Take another scoop of the biscuit dough and gently flatten it. Then drape it over the egg (see recipe video). Repeat with all of the biscuit dough. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of the biscuits.
- Wrap each biscuit loosely with 1 - 2 strips of bacon, along the bottom.
- Bake in preheated oven for 22 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool down slightly, but serve while warm, with some melted butter on top. Enjoy!
If you bake these straight from the fridge, you may need to add an extra 5 minutes to the baking time. Keep an eye on them to prevent the tops from burning (cover with a piece of foil, if this starts to happen).
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