Classic cheese scones served on a wire rack with butter alongside

Classic cheese scones

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 5-6

Indulge in some cheese scones for afternoon tea or as part of a picnic. They're also great served alongside soups and you can freeze them for later use

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal300
  • fat16g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein9g
  • salt1.15g
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Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 55g chilled butter, cut into cubes
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 120g mature cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

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

  • 90-100ml milk, plus 1 tbsp for glazing

    Milk

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

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 with a large baking tray inside. Sift the flour, salt, cayenne pepper and baking powder into a bowl, then sift again to make sure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  2. Add the butter to the bowl and combine with your fingertips to make breadcrumbs. Sprinkle 100g of the cheese into the breadcrumb mixture and rub together until evenly distributed. Try not to mix too much as the heat from your hands may start to melt the butter.

  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 (about 8cm) cutter, then put on a sheet of baking parchment, glaze with a little milk and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Slide onto the hot oven tray.

  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins or until golden brown and cooked through. 

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semiphonic
12th Oct, 2019
4.05
I made these today and they are absolutely delicious, I even gave myself a Hollywood handshake. This is only the 2nd thing I’ve baked and I would agree with apple11’s comments about the instructions being a bit vague. What really got me though was the ‘soft but firm’ mixture, well, this had me scratching my bald but hairy head with my fat but thin fingers! It would also be helpful to know where in the oven to bake these.
apple11
17th Sep, 2019
1.05
I'm really surprised at the other positive reviews on this recipe. I'm a relative beginner to baking and it's not clear from the instructions what I'm meant to do after adding the milk. (Step 3 "pour in enough milk to give a fairly soft but firm dough. " ) I assume I have to mix? By hand? Mine didn't rise, coming out just as flat as they went in . I'll be trying another recipe next time .
simbilou
15th Sep, 2019
5.05
Great scones, can really taste the cheese. Will definitely make again
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eco baker
20th Sep, 2019
5.05
don't overwork the mixture just add enough milk for a firmer feel
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