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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