Cheese Scones
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Cheese Scones

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Serves 1 - 12 Portions

Possibly the easiest scones ever and they rise beautifully.

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  • 500ml flour (2 cups)
  • 15ml baking powder (3 tsp)
  • large pinch salt
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper/chilli powder (optional)
  • 250ml strong cheddar cheese
  • 15 ml vegetable oil (3 tsp)
  • 125 ml milk (maybe a bit more depending on how it mixes)
  • 1 egg


    1. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper into a large bowl. Add the cheese and mix through the flour mixture.
    2. Beat the egg and milk together in a separate bowl and add the oil. The oil replaces the butter/margarine that usually gets used to rub into the flour. By using the oil you cut down on the dreaded calories and it saves a lot of time.
    3. Pour the milk/egg/oil mixture into the flour mixture and using a metal spoon / fork, mix the dough until it clumps together, but is not too dry. If too dry, splash a bit more milk in to use up the flour.
    4. Press the dough out on a flat clean floured surface until it is about 5mm thick, then fold it over ontop of itself (this gives the finished scones the natural "break" to cut open), flatten it again, using the palm of your hand. Do not use a rolling pin as it is too heavy and will prevent the scones from rising.
    5. Cut out your scones out by using a round cutter (you decide on the size) or if you don't have a cutter handy use a drinking glass. Place them on a baking tray, pop them in the oven at 180 celsius for fifteen twenty minutes. Serve, still warm, with lashings of butter, cheese, jams and honey.

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Sue Mason
30th May, 2020
Followed the recipe to the letter. Looked good but Ghastly doughy centre. Why?
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James Bangay
15th Apr, 2020
I amended recipee slightly by adding one extra egg and also two tsp of mustard powder
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David Holdaway
3rd Dec, 2019
I do assume the flour, baking powder and cheese amounts are in mG and not mL. ... faux pas 250 mL of CHEESE haha..
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Stevie Anscombe
16th Jun, 2019
Adapted to be a GF wow. The chilli became a delightful smoked paprika we found somewhere and the cheese can be amended too. These are treats, and were also a great training recipe for my curious children. Love them.
Jon Lamb
27th Mar, 2019
This is not healthy. Full of carbs (flour) and bad oil (vegetable oil). This is not “goodfood”. Get up to date, better healthy low carb recipes out there.
21st Dec, 2017
I've used this recipe for several years now, adapting it to my personal preferences. I use 300gms plain flour, 200-250g extra mature cheddar cheese, 3tsp baking powder, good pinch each of cayenne pepper and paprika, Lg pinch salt. 20ml vegetable oil, 2eggs 130ml milk. So easy, no fussy rubbing in stuff. Use a smaller scone cutter and usually get 18 mini scones. Hugely popular with family and friends and a regular at home baked stalls at work!
20th Jul, 2017
The simplest and best cheese scone recipe I have found to date. I used Plain Flour, 3 level tsp Baking Powder, 1 heaped tsp Mustard Powder and a good grinding of Black Pepper, I also was generous with the grated Cheese. Milk washed the tops and added more grated Cheese. 170c Fan for 20 minutes. So great I'm about to make another batch adding chorizo.
12th May, 2017
I've just put some of these in the oven ...... I added 2 tsp Dijon mustard, some pepper and garlic powder like I would normally to my cheese scones, let's see how they turn out :) ..... Well they turned out rather well, light and fluffy but lacked that buttery taste so they needed extra butter on to compensate, hence 4 and not 5 stars I'd make them again as a matter of fact I'm going to make some sweet ones right now using the basic recipe
1st Mar, 2017
Fab recipe , i tried a half teaspoon of mustard in place of chilli / cayenne pepper. Delish .
25th Feb, 2017
Just made these. Yes, they rose well and looked good but the flavour just wasn't there. Scones need butter - and not just for spreading!


22nd Jun, 2013
Can I use this recipe and substitute fruit for cheese? How much sugar?
21st Jan, 2020
I have used whole meal flour instead of plain flour and it still tastes brilliant!
1st Jun, 2014
You should add chives to it to make it taste even better.