Asiago Cheese Bacon Scuffins with Dried Cranberries and Simple White Bread – Quite Possibly the World’s Longest Blog Post Title!

I am happy to report that Tony has been able to eat a little more this weekend.  He’s had chicken and wild rice soup and eggs with toast.  May not seem like much, but after 9 days of not eating solid food, it takes a while for things to wake up.

He’s able to rest comfortably in the living room, while I keep bizzy in the back of the house in the kitchen.  While I would one day love a kitchen/den open floor concept – I know he can rest when I am making noise in the kitchen. 😀

In the March edition of Bon Appetit, one of my favorite things is when readers ask for the recipes from some of their favorite restaurants.  Someone wanted a recipe for a date bacon scone.  A quick look at the recipe and it called for 1 stick of butter!  So I decided to take Cooking Light’s classic scone recipe and kick it up a notch.  Since I didn’t make these into typical triangles, I weighed out my dough and divided that by 12 – each scone (looks more like a muffin = scuffin!) was 2.1 ounces.

Asiago Cheese Bacon Scuffins with Dried Cranberries

  • 167 calories, 7.6 fat, 20.2 carbs, .7 fiber and 4.3 protein = 4 points

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided (1/2 tablespoon is for sprinkle over the top)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons frozen butter*, shredded
  • 3/4 cup fat free milk, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 ounce dried cranberries
  • 1 ounce cooked bacon
  • 1 ounce shredded asiago cheese

Preheat the oven to 425.

Combine the flour, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk.  (* My trick for the butter – the key to flaky biscuits, pie crusts, etc. is to have super cold butter.  I keep sticks of butter in my freezer, so that by the time I use a box grater to grate the cheese, the butter is still super cold.”  Put the shredded butter in the flour mixture – no need to use a pastry cutter since the butter is super fine – just toss to coat.

Combine 1/2 cup milk, vanilla, and egg white in a bowl.  Add mix mixture to flour mixture stirring until moist.  It was at this time that my dough was still super floury, so I  ended up adding an extra 1/4 cup of milk – but just eye ball it until it looks doughy.

I put my chopped bacon, cranberries and shredded cheese on my counter and put the dough on top – adding just a touch of flour I kneaded the dough until just incorporated.

I weighed each dough ball, made it into a circle and pressed down.  Put on Pam sprayed cookie sheet and divide the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sugar and sprinkle over the top of each scuffin.  Bake for 17-19 minutes, or until slightly browned.

the shredded butter looks like cheese 😀

after using this last scrap of cheese, I am officially out of cheese 😦

FYI, an ounce of cooked bacon = 3 slices of raw bacon

yum 😀

These turned out amazing.  I for one love a sweet/savory combo – the scuffin was light, but had a bit of crust on the bottom.  Since I diced up the bacon and dried cranberries, they played off so well when you got each of them in a bite – first slightly sour sweet and then the saltiness of the bacon.  Hannah’s thoughts?  Leave out the dried cranberries and sugar on top – she would prefer cheese and bacon only on hers!

And then I decided to make simple white bread while Tony is on this low fiber diet for the next several weeks.  I adapted this recipe from King Arthur Flour – I didn’t have honey, so I subbed in the sugar, and I didn’t have any dried nonfat milk, so I just added 3 ounces of 1% milk to the dough.

Simple White Bread

  • 12 generous slices – 188 calories, 2.5 fat, 35 carbs, 1.4 fiber and 5 protein = 5 PointsPlus

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons loose yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 cups flour (and up to 1/4 cup additional)
  • 3 ounces milk

Mix all the ingredients in a stand mixer using the dough hook.  After a few minutes I realized it needed a bit more flour, so I added 1/4 cup and it was the right consistency.  Let the machine knead the dough for 7 minutes.

Put in a big container and let rise 90 minutes.  Once it has risen, pour into a greased 9 x 5 inch bread pan – it will just about fill the top of the pan, so you need to use this bigger size.  Let rest an additional 90 minutes.

Heat the oven to 350.  Bake for 20 minutes uncovered.  Then bake an additional 20 minutes with foil over the top so it doesn’t brown too much.  Let cool a few minutes then put it on a rack to cool.

I love how fresh dough feels and smells 😀

nothing like fresh bread on a cold winter day - even though its almost March!

delicious!

And now its time to announce the winner of my giveaway last week in celebration of my 1500th post!

The winner is . . .

True Random Number Generator 107 22

Julia says:

Glad to hear Tony is doing so well and hopefully you will get to take him home soon, sure he misses being there as much as you miss him there :)

Congrats Julia – send me your address at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com!

Check out all the fabulous BSI recipes – cumin that Holly rounded up!

I’ll announce the new host either later today or tomorrow at the latest.

Have a great Monday!

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25 thoughts on “Asiago Cheese Bacon Scuffins with Dried Cranberries and Simple White Bread – Quite Possibly the World’s Longest Blog Post Title!

  1. Oh, those scuffins look incredible! yum! Glad Tony is doing well, he’ll be grilling steaks before you know it!

  2. Sounds like Tony is progressing along nicely Biz and I’m so happy to hear that! I too dream of a house with the open kitchen/den. I just think that sort of layout is so cozy.

    I have a great recipe for white bread that uses a little oil rather than butter. If you’re interested email me and I’ll get it to you. It’s the recipe I used to make all of our bread when we lived overseas.

  3. Baking machineeeee! Both the bread & scones look good. I love when baked goods are light but yet have a nice crunchy outer shell (perfection!). Hope your Monday is off to a good start

  4. Both of these look sooo good! I love bread products 😀

  5. Those look insanely good! I love asiago cheese.
    So glad to hear Tony is able to eat more!!

  6. I just had to come over and find out what a scruffin is. lol

    Glad Tony is eating – that is a goodly amount of food when he hasn’t eaten in a week.

    Give him our best. Oh, and send along the bread and no one gets hurt. ::giggle::

    Congrats to Julia. 😀

  7. So glad Tony continues to progress so nicely. The scuffins look amazing.

  8. Glad that Tony is on the mend and eating! The homemade bread looks amazing! I need to start baking my own bread at some point. I heard it’s a great process.

  9. Leave it to you to rock the culinary world with a brand new invention of a scuffin! 😀 Yum! I love the sweet/savory combo too!

    Glad Tony’s progressing quickly! I found out this weekend that my husband’s cousin was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had a pain in his stomach for months. He was told at first that it was probably due to too much holiday indulgence, but after a CT scan discovered that it’s stage 3 cancer. Unfortunately, this makes 3 people in my husband’s family who’s had cancer.

  10. Ooooooooohhh………that white bread looks fantastic. I bet my son would LOVE that (as much as I keep trying to get him hooked on whole wheat bread, it’s not working so much 🙂 )!!!

  11. Those look delicious. One of my favorite bagels is the asiago one from Panera Bread.

  12. Hi Biz. OH WOW….I’m so going to try the scuffins. LOVE sweet and savory together. SO glad that Tony is getting stronger every day!!! Take care of yourself too!!!

  13. I’m with Hannah – I’d like bacon and cheese only 🙂

    Those look amazing, I think I might make ham and cheese tonight since I don’t have any bacon…

    Your bread looks great too!

  14. Scuffin huh! That is definitely a new one for me. Well, whatever you call them, they sound delicious. I’m definitely a fan of bacon and cheese together and while I’ve never thought to pair it with dried cranberries, I can see where that would be incredibly tasty. Glad to hear the hubby is doing well.

  15. So glad Tony is doing better!

    Your scuffins sound fabulous!

  16. Those scuffins look excellent! I am loving the combination of flavors.
    Glad to hear Tony is eating more and is comfortable at home. 🙂

  17. Well, now I want to run downstairs to the cafe with lots of baked goods and get a scuffin muffin! Dang, your family is lucky to have you cooking for them. 🙂

    So glad to hear Tony is feeling better and better. Just good news all around!

  18. I love the idea of a scuffin especially one with asiago cheese bacon and dried cranberries, what a great savory-sweet combo, yum!

  19. Bacon? And dates? And cheese? I’m very foodventurous…but reading that made me blink! I don’t eat bacon, so I can’t try ’em…but I bet they taste really fantastic!

  20. So glad Tony is doing so well – great report!

    This recipe looks great – i’ve never cooked with asiago cheese but love the idea of it with cranberries!

  21. That is such a good idea about freezing the butter and grating it! I’ve got to try that with biscuits!!!

  22. Those scones sound crazyamazing!

  23. I love scones, but the butter always wards me away. The fancied up CL version sounds AMAZING! Asiago, cranberries, and bacon? Swwooooon! 🙂

    So glad Tony is feeling better — and eating better. It sounds like he is doing great and that is wonderful!

    Congrats to the winner, and have a wonderful week, Biz!

  24. You’re making me crave white bread. mmmmm

  25. Oh my gosh, I never win anything and this is so awesome, I was at the WW meeting Saterday when they demo’d the scale and thought about buying one but they were out of stock!!!
    I sent you email 🙂

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