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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12th Dec, 2018
Delicious recipe. My scones rose really nicely. I doubled the recipe and made mini versions- ended up with loads!!!
23rd Sep, 2018
I made these and they were so good. I added chopped fresh olives with garlic and mixed herbs for a more mediterranean feel. Delicious :-)
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16th Aug, 2018
A great and easy recipe! They were delicious! I mixed up cheddar and fresh Parmesan for a bit of extra zing!
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Melanie Jones
21st Jun, 2018
Great recipe. Used many times.. I added onion and chives before adding the milk. Have also added English mustard to the milk. Delicious!!!
9th Dec, 2017
Lovely recipe but as I do with most recipes I tweaked this one a little ! I added a little more milk which I warmed up, I also added some finely chopped dry cure bacon and some chives, I topped the scones with Finely grated Parmesan, luckily I managed to get nine out of the mixture and have to say they were absolutely delicious and didn't last long at all !!
3rd Oct, 2017
Love this recipe. I have used it several times now and the family love them. I mess about with it a bit, I add more cayenne pepper, mustard powder and Red Leicester cheese (I love a very strong cheesy flavor). It is such an easy recipe to make your own. Love it!!!!
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H D Inglis
8th Aug, 2017
Absolutely divine. The first time I've made cheese scones since I was a kid, and they were perfect. My husband is in love all over again! I made them slightly smaller and got 10 from the recipe. A really good mature cheddar gave a wonderful flavour. The only change I shall make next time will be to try using mustard as others have suggested in place of the cayenne pepper - I have a very low tolerance for chilli and even with 1/8tsp for the whole recipe, I can feel the burn! Thank you so much for the recipe, it's definitely going in the favourites list.
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24th Apr, 2017
Absolutely stunning! Made these as an afterthought to accompany homemade chicken soup - and the soup became the supporting act! As a previous reviewer suggested, I also added a teaspoon of powdered English mustard to the dry mix and glazed with beaten egg and extra grated cheese. Now thinking about all the things that they would go with as a new 'starter' to my repertoire. If it helps, I needed to use all the milk and a few drops extra and they needed to be cooked for a full 15 mins in a fan oven at 190 degrees C.
6th Apr, 2017
Best cheese scones I've come across! They turned out so well & very light and fluffy. The cayenne pepper worked amazingly but I'll add more for my own taste next time. I like a bit more heat. Otherwise awesome! Thanks for sharing.
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29th Mar, 2017
I love these scones...there is a perfect cheesey crust on the outside and the inside is light and silky! Two thumbs up..I added chopped chives which paired so nicely.


15th Dec, 2018
Does anyone know how long can you keep these scones, can they freeze and be reheated? Any advice appreciated
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Jess Armstrong
22nd Jan, 2018
How man this calories are there roughly in this recipe?
1st May, 2017
How long can these keep for?
23rd Oct, 2017
The mixture was too dry. I added 1 beaten egg. I also replaced the cayenne with smoked paprika. Excellent tasting well risen scones.
18th Nov, 2016
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.