Bacon Cheddar Scones with Herb Butter

Bacon Cheddar Scone with Herb Butter

When St Patrick's Day comes around, it always signals the long awaited transition from Winter into Spring. To celebrate, I like to make something that's both comforting - because it's still winter after all - yet bright and fresh to conjure the glorious new season to come. Scones are the perfect choice, with their crisp crumbly shell, soft pillow-y interior and limitless versatility. For this recipe, inspired by a scone recipe from the Food Network, I start with bacon and sharp white cheddar, the flavors of pure morning comfort. Add to that fresh parsley and chives, incorporated into the batter and also used to make a delightfully herbaceous compound butter for spreading, and you've got a new family favorite that'll beat the cold!