Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Batter Bakery - Peach and Spiced Ham Scone

It had been a while since I had stopped in at Batter Bakery, and the last time I had a scone it was bought for me by a colleague of mine. I promised to return the favor, but being on time isn't my strong point. I am always running late and don't manage to get out for a breakfast scone as often as I would like.

Finally, however, the scone craving got the better of me, and even though I was still late I did stop by the Batter Bakery kiosk on Kearny and California. They run out quickly, so it was slim pickins by the time I got there. But I did still manage to score one Peach and Spiced Ham Scone for myself and a Berry and Almond Scone for my colleague.

Every time I eat a Batter Bakery scone for breakfast I tell myself the same thing. I vow to only eat half and save the rest for an afternoon snack. Sometimes I even cut it in half, package half up and try putting it away. Yet they are so good that I cannot resist eating the whole thing in one sitting, even though lunch is only an hour or two away. Maybe it's the butter...everything is made better by butter!

The spiced ham in today's scone came courtesy of Hapa Ramen, with whom Batter Bakery shares a cooking space. Every few weeks Hapa Ramen gets a whole pig, which they use for their noodle shop. Batter Bakery gets the bits and pieces that are left over, and these are used in their scones. Now I understand why ham only makes an appearance every few weeks! The ham in today's scone was a Tasso Ham, which is a specialty of Cajun cuisine. It is rubbed with Cajun spices and then smoked until cooked through. The end result is a mildly spicy, peppery, smokey taste which is almost on the idea of a jerky.

The sweet component of my scone was provided by several large pieces of peach, giving it both a tangy and fruity flavor. It was a nice complement that brought out the smokiness of the ham and blended well with all of the butter. There was a good amount of both peach and ham in my scone, but it didn't get overwhelming, and the ham really flavored the rest of the scone. It had a great balance of smoky and sweet. My scone was moist and crumbly on the inside, yet flaky and crispy on the outside. "Melts in your mouth" is a terribly overused phrase, but this time it really is true!

My Peach and Spiced Ham Scone was the perfect way to start off my day, and can't wait to see what Batter Bakery comes up with next.

Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)

Batter Bakery (@batterbakery), $2.50 per scone

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