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Maple bacon. I don’t need to say anything more. But, I’m going to add the word scones to the list. Maple bacon scones. These are a winner. In my family, it’s no secret that many, if not most, of my best recipes come from a Pioneer Woman cookbook or her website. Well, I’m excited she’s got a new book out this season and it doesn’t disappoint. As popular as Ree Drummond is, AKA The Pioneer Woman, I know there are people who’ve never heard of her. Fans and newcomers alike will be able to find something in this book they will love and adore and start making for their family immediately. No need to wait for the holidays to arrive for most of these goodies.
As you can see, I have all three of her cookbooks. They are all well loved and well used. From her “Food From My Frontier” cookbook (I reviewed it here) I made strawberry jam and used the jam to make my now all time favorite strawberry bars. These things are delicious. I can’t keep them around in my house long.
When I got her newest cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays,” I sat on the couch with a pile of sticky tabs and tabbed all the recipes I wanted to make immediately: grilled corn dip, dulce de leche brownies, pasta salad, broccoli-cheese soup, caramel apples (made without using those caramel candies), turkey tetrazanni, spreads (these look like delicious cookie bars), bacon crackers, the list goes on. There are 140 recipes in this book. I thought I might run out of sticky tabs.
I decided to make something decadent and sinful. Enter Ree’s maple bacon scones. I know bacon and sweets are a popular thing right now, but I have to admit that I’ve never tried it — until now.
Look at these babies. Rich, yummy, delicious scones.
Take a look at the rich, creamy-dreamy, maple frosting. You could eat that stuff plain.
Crispy and salty bacon pieces on top.
Somehow it works. I tried one of these without the bacon and didn’t like it. The bacon adds a necessary saltiness to the super sweet of the glaze.
They aren’t hard to make at all. All you have to be able to do is mix up the ingredients and roll these out. I think my butter was too big.
Ree gives step-by-step instructions in her book for EVERY recipe. This is one of the reasons I trust her cookbooks (and her blog) so much. I no longer buy cookbooks that don’t have at least one photo per recipe. Ree puts several photos for each and every recipe.
I cut them using a pizza cutter and put them on the baking sheets. 18 minutes later I had scones! All that was left was to make the maple glaze and put the bacon on.
I took a bunch of these to my sister-in-law’s house yesterday and they were scarfed up pretty quick. These babies are sweet, too sweet for some, but the maple and bacon are a great combo that is hard to resist.
OK, to offset the sweet sinfulness of these scones I had to make something else from the cookbook so I chose a green smoothie. These were fab. My husband was skeptical about adding kale, but it’s what gives it the wonderful color. You can’t even tell it’s in there. Delish.
And, since I put them in fancy glasses for the kids (from a previous visit to the T-REX restaurant in Orlando) I decided we needed special glasses too.
This cookbook doesn’t disappoint. She covers every holiday in a fun way and even details timetables for each holiday in order to get everything ready in time. I think there’s one scone left in the kitchen, I’d better go now to get it before the kids get home from school.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book. Opinions are my own. Affiliate links are used in this post which means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you.
Here’s another popular recipe that’s easy to make – you can have these maple bacon cinnamon rolls in less than 30 minutes!
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