Savory Sourdough Ham and Cheese Scones From Scratch

These savory sourdough ham and cheese scones are the perfect way to use up leftover holiday ham. They’re simple and easy to whip up and make the perfect lunch throughout the week. Each bit is full of cheddar cheese, tangy sourdough, and bits of ham. Eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You won’t be disappointed! 

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Ham and Cheese Scones Recipe Inspiration

With it being Easter season, I wanted to create a recipe that could use up leftover ham. Rather than sticking the uneaten slices in the freezer for months to come, this recipe allows us to enjoy the leftovers in a new way. I love finding fresh ways to use up leftovers. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • An easy and delicious way to use up leftover ham.
  • They freeze super well.
  • The recipe is simple to whip up and make ahead for weekday lunches.
  • They’re made with wholesome ingredients.
  • It tastes amazing with a cup of coffee and a side of fresh berries.

My Tips for the Best Sourdough Scones

  • Use real butter, not margarine.
  • Make sure the butter is cold before using it.
  • Grate the butter with a box grater for easy incorporation into the dough.
  • Keep the dough cool; don’t let it get warm before baking.
  • Avoid overmixing the dough.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp butter (cold)
  • 1 cup fed sourdough or discard
  • 3/4 cup milk (diary or dairy-free)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup small ham pieces (small chunks, small slices, however, you desire)

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

Step-By-Step Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with butter and a dusting of flour.

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Slice ham into small chunks or pieces and set aside.

Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.

Grate the butter or use a fork to cut the butter into flour to form pea size pebbles.

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Add in sourdough starter, milk, ham pieces, and cheese.

Mix ingredients until a dough forms. Avoid overmixing.

Shaping Dough

On a floured surface, turn your scone dough out onto the countertop.

Use your hands to shape fold the dough 2 times into an envelope shape to create layers.

Then use your hands again to shape the dough into a 2-3 inch high circle.

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Take a knife or bench scraper and cut dough into 8 pieces like a pie.

Baking

Place scones on the prepared baking sheet one by one onto the sheet pan about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom of the scones should be golden brown.

Optional Long Fermentation

If you’d like your scones to be long-fermented, stick the dough in the fridge for 12–24 hours before shaping and baking them. This gives the sourdough cultures time to ferment the rest of the ingredients. 

Storing Scones Instructions

Store cooled down scones in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing Scones Instructions

Unbaked Scones: To freeze unbaked dough, place the scones on a sheet pan and freeze them for 4 hours. When finished, place them in a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake them, use the instructions on this recipe like normal. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time. 

Baked Scones: To freeze baked scones, place them in a freezer bag or container for up to 3 months. 

Reheating Scones Instructions

My favorite way to reheat scones is in the toaster oven or regular oven at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes or until warm. This keeps them flaky without ruining the flavor. I don’t recommend reheating in the microwave.

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Recipe FAQ

Is it better to use sourdough discard or fed sourdough?

Either will work great for this recipe.

Can I stick my scones in the fridge before baking if I make them ahead?

Yes, you can stick them in the fridge before baking. This is a great idea if you’re making them ahead. Just be sure to bake them within 24 hours.

Is there a specific type of ham I should use?

Nope, use whatever ham you’ve got on hand. Don’t worry about the kind; it’ll all taste delicious.

Why are my scones dry?

Dry scones are usually from overbaking them.

What happens if I don’t put baking powder in scones?

They’ll be more like a biscuit with little to no rise. The baking powder helps them rise up and gives them a different texture. If you don’t put it in, it’ll still be good, but the texture will be off. 

I froze my scones but after baking them they were grey inside, are they okay to eat?

Yes, it’s okay to still eat them. When you thawed the scones in the fridge overnight, oxidation could have happened, causing them to turn gray. They’re still safe to eat; they just don’t look as appealing. 

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scones with cheese and ham in them on a baking sheet

Savory Sourdough Ham and Cheese Scones From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
These savory sourdough ham and cheese scones are the perfect way to use up leftover holiday ham. They're simple and easy to whip up and make the perfect lunch throughout the week. Each bit is full of cheddar cheese, tangy sourdough, and bits of ham. Eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You won't be disappointed! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Sourdough
Servings 8 scones

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp butter (cold)
  • 1 cup fed sourdough or discard
  • 3/4 cup milk (diary or dairy-free)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup small ham pieces (small chunks, small slices, however, you desire)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with butter and a dusting of flour.
  • Slice ham into small chunks or pieces and set aside.
  • Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Grate the butter or use a fork to cut the butter into flour to form pea size pebbles.
  • Add in sourdough starter, milk, ham pieces, and cheese.
  • Mix ingredients until a dough forms. Avoid overmixing.

Shaping Dough

  • On a floured surface, turn your scone dough out onto the countertop.
  • Use your hands to shape fold the dough 2 times into an envelope shape to create layers.
  • Then use your hands again to shape the dough into a 2-3 inch high circle.
  • Take a knife or bench scraper and cut dough into 8 pieces like a pie.

Baking

  • Place scones on the prepared baking sheet one by one onto the sheet pan about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom of the scones should be golden brown.
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