Thursday, November 3, 2011

Healthy Ham and Cheese Scones

I thought I had better steal the blog away from Jo for a second. It’s Sue again.
With Thanksgiving and Halloween just finished and Christmas quickly sneaking up on us, I figured one healthy, low calorie recipe might not hurt. I know Jo does low calorie and healthy blogs sometimes too but.... she is trying to kill us all with her addicting, high calorie treats right now.
This recipe is one that I have had forever. It is great to go with soups or to feed to the kids as an after school snack. It is also quick and effortless – from start to finish in 30 minutes.
This was originally a Weight Watchers recipe but I may have made some changes and altered the points/calories from the original. I think I am pretty close to it though.
Healthy Ham and Cheese Scones
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole-grain wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp butter, chilled, cut into pieces
3/4 cup shredded, low fat cheese
1/3 cup cooked ham, finely chopped
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 large egg white

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine flours, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in cheese and ham.
In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg whites with a fork. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Place dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 5 to 6 times.
Place dough on baking sheet and pat into 8-inch circle; cut dough into 8 wedges; separate a little. (You can also pat/roll out on floured surface to about 1 inch thickness and cut out with biscuit cutter.)
Bake until slightly browned, about 20 minutes.

As far as Weight Watchers points and such.... I believe it is equal to 4 points per scone if you make 8. Or, 228 calories per scone, again – if you make 8.

Okay, I will let Jo go back to making her dangerous-to-the-waistline treats now. She and I will be busy over the next 2 weeks getting ready for the annual Craft Fair where we will be showcasing many of our treats. Yes....most of them will be deliciously unhealthy.....I promise we will TRY to make at least a couple of things that are healthier.

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