Walnut scones

Walnut scones

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 6

Serve up these savoury, nutty homemade scones with soft goat's cheese and fig jam for an easy picnic treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal278
  • fat15g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 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…

  • 50g butter, cubed



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g walnuts, finely chopped, plus 6 walnut halves for the tops



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 125-150ml whole milk
  • 1 egg, beaten



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

  • soft goat's cheese, to serve (optional)
  • fig jam, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and lightly dust a baking sheet with flour. Mix the flour, baking powder and a good pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the chopped walnuts and the milk, mix together using a cutlery knife until clumping together, then tip onto your work surface and squash together to form a ball – try not to work the dough too much or your scones will be heavy. Flatten the dough a little with your hand to make a disc roughly 3cm thick, then use a sharp knife to cut into 6 triangles.

  2. Transfer to a baking sheet, brush with a little beaten egg, then place a walnut half on each scone. Bake for 15 mins until golden and puffed, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with soft goat’s cheese and fig jam, if you like.

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8th Dec, 2019
Somebody asked this but no reply can you make with wholemeal flour ?
18th Nov, 2016
Very quick and easy, and so versatile. Eat as suggested (we had quince jelly instead of fig jam) or any other sweet or savoury accompaniment. I bet they'd also go down well with jam and cream!
30th Aug, 2015
Love this! Made a big batch for a BBQ and served with goat's cheese and Red Onion marmalade, were very popular!
28th Jan, 2015
These are yummy. Very tasty with Marmite on.
7th Jan, 2015
Can I use wholemeal self-raising flour instead?
Frantic Flapjack
7th Oct, 2014
Very quick to make and came out really well. They are very dry though, probably because of the nuts so best to eat as fresh as possible. Lovely with Philadelphia or with soup.
7th Jan, 2015
Can I use wholemeal self-raising flour instead?
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16th Jan, 2015
Hi elenita21, thanks for your question. We haven't tested this recipe with wholemal self-raising flour so we cannot guarantee perfect results but can see no reason why it wouldn't work. You might need a splash more milk. Let us know how you get on. 
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