Cheddar & sweetcorn scones

Cheddar & sweetcorn scones

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 12 mins Plus cooling

Easy

Makes 10
Savoury scones make a great meal with a bowl of soup, or a tasty addition to afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal261
  • fat12g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 2 large sweetcorn cobs (or 250g sweetcorn kernels from a can, drained weight)
    Sweetcorn

    Sweetcorn

    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 tsp English mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne or paprika, plus extra for sprinkling
    Paprika

    Paprika

    pa-preek-ah

    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • few thyme sprigs, leaves picked

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 50g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 175g cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk, plus extra for brushing

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • juice ½ lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

Method

  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Hold a corn cob at a right angle to the chopping board, then run a sharp knife down the length of the cob, as close to the core as you can get, slicing away the rows of corn. Boil the kernels for 4 mins or until just tender, then drain well.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix the flour, baking powder, mustard, cayenne, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp thyme leaves in a large bowl, then rub in the butter until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Tip in most of the cheese and all of the corn. Mix the milk with the lemon juice, then stir into the bowl to make a slightly sticky dough. Don’t over-work the dough.

  3. Tip the dough onto the floured work surface, knead 2-3 times to smooth a little, then divide into 10 balls. Shape each roughly with your hands and put onto a floured baking sheet. Brush each with a little milk, then scatter with a little cheese, cayenne and a few thyme leaves. Bake for 10-12 mins or until the scones are risen, golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a rack.

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Jane C
2nd Apr, 2016
It was the first time that I had made cheese scones. They were relatively easy to make and I was so pleased with the results. Delicious! I floured the baking tray and loosened the scones after about 6 minutes. They did take about 17 minutes in my oven.
donna_wowee
20th Mar, 2014
Nice but far too salty! Will make again with 1/2 tsp of salt x
pooleyru
11th May, 2013
These are amazing-l added some finely chopped spring onions dried chilli flakes in place of the paprika and they are super delicious topped with cream cheese and thinley sliced crumbly ham!! And froze well too! A keeper of a recipe!
princessannie
8th Apr, 2013
Easy and delicious, a big hit with all my family, must make double next time as they went very quickly!
jeanzie
11th Jan, 2013
turned out great! I used chives instead of thyme.
vickihendry
14th Nov, 2012
5.05
These are amazing, I didn't add all the milk, so not sticky. I'm going to try them again soon and try some spring onion.
Frantic Flapjack
13th Nov, 2012
5.05
Really impressed with these. Very light in texture and tasted divine. They have a great depth of flavour, probably because of the cayenne, so don't leave that out. I served with the Creamy tomato soup from this site.
imelda
10th Nov, 2012
4.05
I've a talent for making brick-like scones so these were a last ditch attempt at success and while mine do not look as good as the pictures here they taste AMAZING! and their texture is good - light, definitely not brick-like. I made them in a food processor and followed the recipe to the letter. Yum.
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supaluc
10th Jul, 2012
5.05
OH MY GOODNESS ME...DELICIOUS! These were amazing, as someone who never really eats bread i scoffed 2 of these down whilst still scorching from the oven...smothered in yummy butter. They're quite fiery little numbers...this might be because i had to use a dollop of English mustard rather than powdered. I also used dried Thyme. The only thing i would say is that mine needed a touch more salt but i think i was stingey with it in the first place, they also needed more like 20 minutes in the oven :-)
rubyfitz
22nd Jun, 2012
5.05
Made for a party, went do a treat, easy to make look great and taste even better

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