Cheese & Marmite scones

Cheese & Marmite scones

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins - 15 mins plus cooling


Makes 8
Marmite gives a deep savoury flavour to these tasty pinwheel cheddar cheese scones - perfect for afternoon tea or a simple snack

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per scone

  • kcal370
  • fat15g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 450g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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

  • 3 tsp Marmite
  • 1 large egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • about 250ml milk



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

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 140g mature cheddar, grated
  • 100g full-fat cream cheese


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and dust a baking tray with a little flour. Mix the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Put 1 tsp Marmite in a jug, add the egg and make up to 300ml with the milk. Stir in the oil, then beat really well to dissolve the Marmite.

  2. Tip 85g of the cheddar into a bowl and mix with the cream cheese and remaining Marmite to make a spread. Toss the rest of the cheese through the flour mixture, then pour in the milk mixture and stir with the blade of a knife until it comes together. (You need to work quickly once you’ve added the liquid, as it activates the baking powder.) Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead the mix, taking care not to overwork it, as it will make the scones heavy.

  3. Press or lightly roll the dough into an oblong about 20 x 25cm. Spread with the Marmite mixture and roll up from the longest side to create a tight, fat cylinder. Pat the ends of the cylinder to straighten them, then slice into 8 pinwheels and put on the baking tray, patting them to make flattish rounds. Bake for 12-15 mins until golden and cooked.

  4. Leave for a few mins on the tray to allow the cheese centre to harden a little, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Eat warm or cold. Best eaten on the day they are made.

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Emily Price's picture
Emily Price
26th Apr, 2020
These scones went down an absolute treat. Easy, cheap and oh so tasty.
8th Nov, 2016
I am not great at baking but have just given these a go and they have come out really well. I have already eaten two while they are cooling on the rack! I doubled the amount of Marmite having read the other comments and thought it was just the right balance with the cheese. I also managed to cut 13 scones from the mixture and they were still a decent size. Will definitely be making again!
15th Sep, 2016
Oh my 8yr old Marmite addict is a very happy boy. After school snack Heaven
28th Jul, 2015
Just did these for my cheese monsters (12 and 14yo) and myself. I didn't have cream cheese so just used more cheese and, on the suggestion of others, I used an extra dollop of Marmite. I whisked up the Marmite, egg, milk and oil together (I got an electric whisk for my birthday recently and I'm not afraid to use it!) and I dumped all of the cheese into the flour mix and added a good sprinkle of chilli powder. I totally forgot about spreading it all out and making pinwheels once I'd made the dough, made 8 massive scones and they were yummy! The kids want more!
11th Jun, 2015
These were made as an alternative for an on-the-go breakfast in the morning. They have been great and really well received by my taste-testing family! The only comment has been that the scones may need a bit more Marmite as you can't taste it as much as you would expect so I will definitely be trying these again (with extra Marmite)!
10th May, 2015
Fabulous! I needed a marmite fix and these did the trick. I reckon you could actually make 10-12 of these if you made them a little smaller, they are huge! Lovely with soup for dinner and make sure you have them warm.
2nd May, 2015
These were great.Made these about an hour ago. Very easy to make and quick and now some of them are gone!! When I make them again I might make them smaller. I followed the recipe exactly and found it faultless.
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