Black Pepper Scones with Maple Glaze


Definitely not a typo.  I put freshly cracked black pepper in a rich cream scone and topped it with a maple glaze. Stay with me here.  I dreamt up this breakfast combo one night when a friend said that he ‘just didn’t get the whole chicken and waffles thing.’  I quietly died a little inside.  What’s not to love?  Salty fried chicken + maple syrup.

It really got me thinking.  I believe the chicken and waffles obsession goes beyond the salty-sweet flavor combination.  If it was simply salt + sweet that we loved, we would pour salted caramel sauce on all of our meats.  I decided (or was it divinely revealed to me?) that the secret is actually a third component—the black pepper on the chicken.

I hemmed and hawed on it for a little while.  Then, I was reading my favorite food magazine (Taste of the South) and came across a recipe for black pepper and cane syrup sauce.  It was meant to be.


But hey, if the pepper freaks you out, leave it out.  The scones are delicious without it, too.  This recipe makes two giant scones.  It couldn’t be easier, because we’re not going to roll or cut out the scones. After we crumble the butter into the flour mixture and stir in the cream, just divide the dough in half by eye, and mound it into rough circles on the baking sheet.  The more rustic the edges, the more crannies there are for that maple glaze. Mmm hmm.

You could even make these black pepper scones on a week day morning since it uses cold butter.  Mix all the ingredients in one bowl, and then scoop it straight on the cookie sheet.  You can do this!  You can also do the black pepper part, too, I promise.

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Black Pepper Scones with Maple Glaze
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Serves: 2
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
For the maple glaze:
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream
  • 1½ tablespoons real maple syrup
  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and black pepper. Dice the butter and add it to the flour mixture. Work the butter into the flour mixture until it's evenly distributed and smaller than peas. Use two knives, a pastry cutter, or your hands.
  3. Next, add ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and the egg yolk in a small bowl and beat together. Pour this on the flour mixture and stir until a shaggy dough forms. Don't overmix, but incorporate things well.
  4. Scoop roughly half of the dough out and use the warmth of your hands to make it stick together. Mound it on a cookie sheet in a rough circle shape. Repeat with the remaining dough. Brush the scones with the remaining 1 tablespoon of heavy cream.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and they lightly brown on the edges.
  6. While the scones bake, whisk together the maple glaze ingredients. Pour on the scones when they come out of the oven. Serve immediately.







  1. angelitakarmalita says

    So some good news, and some not such good news.

    Good news, black pepper (a southern staple in just about all things delicious) sounds perfect with maple syrup, so this is a winner-winner scone dinner! (or breakfast, but you get it)….As for St. Louis, I think you will love it, I’m not from there, but I’ve visited and the folks there were really nice and the food scene there is terrific. Home is where ever you slip off your boots, but “The South” it is not (that’s the “not such good news”). “The South” is also in your heart and you take it where ever you go… Once a Southerner, always a Southerner. Show off your Southern charm to all of your new (Northern) friends! dazzle ’em! they’ll love ya right back, like we do. Best of luck on the move and the new home!

    • says

      Thanks, Angelita! You’re so right–the South is in your heart and you carry it everywhere you go. But, do I cross the Mason Dixon to give birth to my babies? That is the question ;)

      • angelitakarmalita says

        No girl! that’s the beauty! being Southern is not just a birth right, having you two as parents will certainly qualify your babies as Southern. Raise them with Southern grace, and they will be Southern too. Now, having said all of that… I would absolutely cross the Mason Dixon so it said so right on their birth certificate! Sad, but true… I’d do it.

  2. says

    Mmm! I love the whole sweet and savory thing (chicken and waffles are a must!), and I think there are so many underrated flavor combinations, like this one, that people are a little afraid of because they aren’t what you would normally think of. I bet these scones are delicious!

  3. says

    I’m one of those who isn’t convinced by chicken & waffles but I think I can get on board with this…love the kick of black pepper in the scones!

  4. says

    I love how you think! I’m a chicken and waffles kind of girl and would definitely go for the black pepper! Is it wrong that I want to make these and eat both myself? ;-)

  5. says

    These look and sound delicious! I love adding black pepper to some traditionally sweet things. It definitely wakes up your taste buds. And if you really want to freak your friend out…I’ve got a recipe for chicken and waffles ice cream.As strange as it sounds is as good as it tastes…I promise.


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