Not too long ago, I was craving a good savory scone, and when I couldn't find any in local shops, a good friend went ahead and made some, which were most excellent. Yesterday, I was at the Wine & Cheese Cask, possibly Somerville's best wine shop, looking for some crisp whites the fried chicken wine pairing. As it turns out, I purchased the winning wine at the cask. But before I did that, I went across the street to The Biscuit (formerly Toscanini, formerly Panini cafe) for a snack, and was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a savory scone, three cheese scallion to be precise.
It's dangerous business to compare a purchased scone, even one from a neighborhood bakery, to one made pretty much on demand by a friend. But since some of you might not be lucky enough to have such a friend, I offer these observations on The Biscuit's scone.
There's lots of cheese. This is a good thing. You can even see some rivers of molten cheese oozing out of the scone on the right. On the other hand, there's no bacon. A split decision, but vegetarians win. Take note, A, J and L.
The shape of these scones is blobular, not the more traditional scone wedge. No real opinion on that, but at $2 a pop, I'm happy to report that they are good-sized without being unpleasantly huge.
They are moist, perhaps moister than I'd expect from a scone. Perhaps there's extra egg in the mix, resulting in a shiny exterior and a generally brioche-y demeanor. Not a bad thing at all, just not quite the same as other scones I've seen and sampled.
I'm happy there's at least one more savory scone out there, and I recommend you check them out.