Classic cheese scones
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Classic cheese scones

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Serves 1 - 6

A quick, easy and delicious recipe for cheese scones with a subtle hint of spice from cayenne pepper. A very yummy snack that everyone will love! The batch can easily be doubled to makes 12 scones.

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  • 225g self raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 55g butter
  • 100g cheddar cheese
  • 80-90 ml milk, plus extra for glazing
  • Extra cheese for topping the scones


    1. Preheat oven with the baking tray inside to 200.C (slightly less for fan ovens). In a medium-large bowl sift together the flour, salt, cayenne pepper and baking powder. Sift again to make sure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
    2. Cut the butter into cubes, place in the bowl and then mix with your fingertips to make breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the grated cheese into the breadcrumb mixture and rub in until the cheese is evenly distributed. Try not to mix too much as the heat from your hands may start to melt the cheese.
    3. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in enough milk to give a fairly soft but firm dough. Do not pour in all the milk at once as you may not need it all to get the right consistency.
    4. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough to approximately 2cm thick. Cut out the scones with a medium cutter and then place on the hot oven tray. Glaze the tops with the extra milk and sprinkle a little cheese on the top of each scone before putting in the oven.
    5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

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Comments (23)

allielovetocook's picture

These are just delicious! .. I put in the pinch of cayenne AND half a tsp of mustard powder, the cheese I used was extra mature and grated finely. I warmed the milk in the microwave just enough to take the chill of the fridge off of it - and it amounted to approx. 120-130ml in total, not the amount stated in the recipe. I never roll out scones, I just push the dough to the required depth (2.5-3cm) with my hands. I glazed with beaten egg before adding a pinch of grated cheese to the top and put on a heated baking tray, and baked at just 200 degrees in my fan oven for 15 mins. The result is 5 fully sized, and one scraggly little "tester" scone - they look great, smell amazing and taste so, so good! I will never use another recipe for cheese scones and will include my tweaks in future. The best bit is they are so very light .. something I didn't imagine a cheese scone could be!! Can't wait for hubby to try them later.

supercakes's picture

Fantastic cheese scones! So easy to make and went down a treat at home and work! Needs more milk than stated but just keep adding until a soft dough is achieved. Delicious! Away to make again!

porkypig's picture

Not a fan. If you can't get the amount of milk in a recipe then I will try another one that can.

D1haj's picture

Absolutely STUNNING cheese scones. My friends said they were the best they'd ever had EVER. I used mustard powder instead of cayenne. And buttermilk instead of plain milk. Like others, the dough was too dry so I added a little extra milk. The cooking time and temperature were spot on. The texture of the scones was incredibly light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth, without being crumbly. Will never use another recipe again!

sarahheron's picture

Thank you all for the great feedback on this recipe! Glad you all love them as much as I do. I have not yet tried them with mustard powder instead of cayenne pepper but will definitely give it a try... Great tip!

philgo's picture

Just made these, like most added mustard powder and a little more milk. Best I've ever tasted.

Lou madeleine's picture

I took out the cayenne pepper and added mustard. Yummy

Pixietigerlily's picture

Delicious, very cheesy and easy to make

purplesky79's picture

Very easy to make, ideal for pack lunches or after school snack!!! I rolled them into balls then slightly flatten so they can be smaller for little fingers!!! Yummy

choicelady's picture

Lovely recipe I used 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder, glazed with beaten egg. Turned out great recipe made 8 medium scones well risen and moist with a cheesy flavour no sweetness as in some scone recipe's

Mrs Eve Smith's picture

Best cheese scones I've made - I added half a tsp of mustard. Very easy too - good for children as not sweet.

agalatka's picture

Absolutely delicious - perfectly moist and cheesy! I doubled the amount and got 20 medium-sized scones. I had to add quite a bit more milk - just keep adding a little bit at a time and you'll get there. Genius tip about the pre-heated baking tray.

lawm01's picture

Perfect for making with children.

leppie's picture

Delicious! Like others, I needed slightly more milk. And yes, I put them on a pre-heated tray. I doubled the recipe and made 18 good-sized scones.

paslode10's picture

Do you really place the scones on a preheated tray ??

sarahheron's picture

Yes, placing the tray in the over before baking ensures that the scones cook through much more easily as you don't need to wait for they tray to come up to temperature to then cook from underneath.

I use this method for cooking a lot of things e.g roast root veg. Makes it so much faster!

LadyLeila's picture

Yum! These are so easy and delicious. Same as most people, I had to add a little more milk. I got about 12 out of mine, perhaps I made them a bit smaller. But will definitely be making these again soon!

kellisian22's picture

Made these today and they are delicious, I also had to add slight more milk than stated in the recipe but definitely the best cheese scones I've ever made

JoHamster's picture

I've made these scones three times now and am constantly being asked to do them again! I find I need a splash more milk than listed and prefer to glaze with egg, but a fab recipe that I will come back to time and time again!


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yorkgoddess's picture

I found the recipe needs at least double the amount of liquid stated (I used a mix of water and milk in the end). Delicious flavour and they rose well. At least as good as my friends (fantastic!) and better than any I have ever made before. Will definitely make again.