Thursday, June 2, 2011

Batter Bakery - Ham & Havarti Scone

I have tried all week to get a savory scone from Batter Bakery and finally today I had success! They had three left so I was in luck. They rotate their treats on a weekly basis, so at least that gives me five chances to get lucky. Today on my way to work I picked up a Ham and Havarti scone, and it was great!

Scones by nature are on the dry side and kind of crumbly, and last week’s Rosemary Parmesan scone from Batter Bakery was no exception. But it’s easy to add a dry cheese to a recipe and keep the same consistency. Havarti is not a dry cheese but rather a semi-soft creamy cheese that retains a lot of moisture. Adding this to a scone recipe can really change the texture. Batter, however, did a good job at preserving the overall consistency of the scone. The center is definitely more moist than what I expected from a scone, and it reminds me almost of a dense bread. It doesn’t crumble but rather melts onto the tongue. It’s different, but it doesn’t detract. The outside of the scone is crispy and buttery.

The havarti adds a sweet, buttery flavor that compliments the already copious amount of butter that goes into a scone. Even though it’s by no means a dessert scone, you can definitely taste the sweet overtones of the cheese with every bite. It’s very pronounced! But the sweetness really compliments the smokiness of the ham, which is smoked by a local purveyor. The pieces of ham are substantial, but there aren't too many that they overpower the scone. The star of the show here is the cheese. Specks of black pepper give it a nice kick.

I thought it was quite tasty, overall, and I really enjoyed the flavor, though I wished it had been a bit more dry. I can’t wait to see what next week’s flavor will be!

Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)

Batter Bakery (@batterbakery) $2.50 per scone

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  1. Can you make a meal (lunch) out of one scone? How big are they?

  2. They are pretty big, but I think if you were going to have a lunch meal you would need to add some sides. I would say, maybe a 4x4 square is a good approximation of their size.


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