Here is another recipe variation from Cooking Light - Comfort Food cookbook. Of my many, many cookbooks, this has become one of my favorites, and I like to read it often.
The original recipe calls this the Ham and Cheese Scone, but being raised a southern boy I have to opt for the sausage. Now eating a much healthier lifestyle, that sausage must be some Jimmy Dean turkey sausage too!
I was a little apprehensive in making these. Bread recipes have not always turned out very well for me in the past. ( I am getting much better at it thought). So I had to call in my favorite bread expert - Katlyn, my baby boy's girlfriend. Yes, we love her bunches and she was home from college this weekend when I made them. They passed the Katlyn test on the bread-o-meter, so I was ok! They were good - a great way to start the day!
9oz. all purpose flour - about 2 cups
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. Splenda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
3 Tbsp. chilled butter cut into small pieces
3/4 cup shredded cheese ( I use reduced fat extra sharp cheddar)
3/4 cup reduced fat butter milk
3 Jimmy Dean sausage patties (thawed and chopped into cubes)
2 large egg whites
First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and Splenda and blend. Add chilled and using a pastry knife or two knives, or as I do - my hands, mix the butter with the flour mixture until it is all blended in.
Stir in cheese and sausage
Combine buttermilk and egg whites in a measuring cup. Whisk to blend well.
Add to flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 4-5 times with floured hands, then pat dough out to about an 8 inch round on a greased baking sheet or stone. With a floured knife cut the scone into 8 sections, but take care not to cut all the way through the dough.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Finish cutting through the slices, and serve warm! Each slice checks in around 217 calories.