Scone or pizza? How about both --- Ham & Pineapple Scones.
Scones are definitely one of my favorites to bake. They are very quick, easy and oh so tasty!
I was trying to think of what kind of scones I should experiment with today. At first, I thought I could do something with mango, but then I thought of doing something with pineapple.
What could I do with pineapple? Mix in some ham and cheese and make a scone reminiscent of my favorite pizza, of course!
Turns out this delectable flavor combination known as Hawaiian or Ham and Pineapple was invented by a Canadian. ↓
Sam Panopoulos claimed that he created the first Hawaiian pizza at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962. Inspired in part by his experience preparing Chinese dishes which commonly mix sweet and sour flavors, Panopoulos experimented with adding pineapple, ham, bacon and other toppings which were not initially very popular. The addition of pineapple to the traditional mix of tomato sauce and cheese, sometimes with ham or sometimes with bacon, soon became popular locally and eventually became a staple offering of pizzerias around the world. (thanks, Wikipedia)
So there's your history lesson for today. What better way to celebrate Canada Day this coming weekend than making these Ham and Pineapple Scones!
Ham & Pineapple Scones
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- ¾ cup chilled butter, cubed
- ½ cup black forest ham
- ½ cup pineapple tidbits, drained
- ½ cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ tsp basil
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour, baking powder, and sugar until combined. Add butter and mix until the pieces of butter are the size of peas.
- Put pineapple on a paper towel to soak up excess juice and chop ham into small pieces. Add these to the flour and butter mixture and turn on the mixer until they are just mixed in.
- In a small bowl, whisk milk and egg together and add to the mixer. Mix until a sticky dough is formed.
- Turn onto floured counter and form into a ball. Flatten out with your hands and using a pizza cutter cut into 12 pieces. Transfer to baking sheet and top with cheese and a sprinkle of basil.
- Bake for 22 minutes or until bottoms are a nice golden brown.
- Serve warm with pizza sauce. Enjoy!