These apple butter bacon scones are stuffed with fresh apples, salty bacon pieces and made with apple butter to keep them nice and moist. Perfect breakfast on a crisp cool fall morning.
A couple of weeks ago when Julie was visiting over Labor Day weekend, we decided to go antique hunting/thrifting for blog paraphernalia. Not that my entire dining room isn’t already filled with things solely used for online photography including two substantial pieces of furniture to house them all, but I figured why not add a few things to the collection?
So, off we went to a bougie (<–obsessed with this new to me urban dictionary word because it just perfectly describes so many things in life) little town called Rhinebeck with it’s cutesy, overpriced eclectic store fronts and antique shop lined streets where people (us) get suckered into paying $8 for 3 of the tiniest little chocolates you’ve ever seen. Except right smack in the middle of this town that could otherwise be straight out of the movies, there’s this complete hill-billy house that puts the show Hoarders to shame.
The fact that there’s even any room to pull into the driveway and park gives you an idea of just how much STUFF there is outside of this house/antique (a very liberal use of the word) shop. Things are literally just strewn about outside where they stay no matter what the weather until some crazy person decides they need that window frame, license plate or glass jar from 50 years ago because they saw something on Pinterest that they want to try.
A few minutes later after a run in with one of the family members on the porch who gave us what seemed like a murderous glare for poking around his property, we found ourselves in a small detached building digging through a box of silverware and knives asking each other if our tetanus shots were up to date. A nervous negotiation later, I walked away with the metal butter knife in these pictures. It took about 10 minutes, a lot of soap and the hottest water my hands could stand before I even wanted to put it near food but once this thing was cleaned up my first thought was that it needed a rustic fall baked good to make it’s internet debut.
So here we are with these apple butter bacon scones, a rustic baked good if ever there was one. I feel like apple butter is the unsung hero of fall. Everyone is all “apple pie!”, “applesauce!” and not enough people are like “yo, apple butter is where it’s at” because let’s be honest, it is. With it’s dark, deep buttery apple flavor, apple butter puts applesauce to shame. These scones get a double dose of apple with both fresh chopped apples as well as Musselman’s apple butter inside. The apple butter keeps them nice and moist as a baking ingredient and the contrast of the fresh apple with the salty pieces of bacon is what fall baked goods dreams are made of. They really good go either way, savory or sweet, given the ingredients (apple butter is cool like that) but I chose to top them with some cane sugar to go the slightly sweet route. Slather them with some more apple butter (tetanus knife optional) before serving and I’m pretty sure any and all thoughts of apple pie and applesauce will be a distant memory.
*This post is sponsored by Musselman’s. All content and opinions are my own. Check out more delicious apple butter recipes on their site.