Recipe by: Country cooking, summer 1994
Preheat oven to 425 degrees; grease a large baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, baking soda and salt. With a pastry blender, or two knives, cut in the shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 2 tablespoons crumbled bacon. Add buttermilk and remaining bacon to dry ingredients and mix lightly with a fork until mixture clings together and forms soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 5 or 6 times. Divide dough in half. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll one half of the dough into a 7-inch round; cut into 4 wedges. Repeat with remaining dough. Place scones one inch apart on prepared pan. Pierce tops with the tines of a fork. Brush tops with water and sprinkle with reserved bacon. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.