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Cheese and Herb Scones

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Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 17 minutes

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Having done work experience at the National Trust, this recipe is brilliant in every single way! And gives you the inside way in how the National Trust make their cheese and herb scones.

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  • 450g (1 lb) self raising flour
  • 10g (1/2 oz) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10g (1/2 oz) mature Cheddar cheese
  • 10g (1/2 oz) dried mixed herbs
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard
  • 50g (2 oz) butter
  • 110ml (4 fl oz) milk
  • 110ml (4 fl oz) water


  1. Preheat the oven to 230 C / 210 C Fan / Gas 8. Line a baking tray with parchment.

  2. Put the flour, baking powder, salt, dried herbs, mustard and cheese into a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Add the butter and and rub through with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in a little at a time the water and milk and stir until the mixture forms a ball and until you have ran out of milk and water. (If the mixture looks dry add a tiny bit of water but not so that it looks wet.)

  4. Knead for about 2 minutes on a floured surface. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into twelve 7.5cm (3 in) rounds and put on your baking tray. Try to cut the scones as close together as you can so you can fit more scones out of the mixture. Re-roll the dough and cut more scones until you have no dough left.

  5. Bake in the oven for about 17 minutes. Keep an eye on your scones to make sure that they do not burn!

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28th Mar, 2020
Surely the quantity of cheese is a typo and should be 100g not 10g!?
Mrs Lovable
14th Oct, 2016
I added more cheese and herbs, very tasty when warm from the oven!
18th Jan, 2015
I agree that the recipe doesn't have enough butter so I added more. I also added more cheese and put some on the tops when finished. However they rose beautifully and had a lovely texture. Warm from the oven with chutney - yummy. I will definitely make again with my amendments!
18th Jan, 2015
Have tried many cheese scone recipes, but these came out heavy, bland and not all that cheesy! Needs less flour, more butter and more cheese.
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