Classic cheese scones served on a wire rack with butter alongside

Classic cheese scones

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(181 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


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


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

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  • 55g chilled butter, cut into cubes



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

  • 120g mature cheddar, grated



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

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



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  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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joolz52's picture
9th Jul, 2020
Not cheesy enough for me I'm afraid! :(
25th Jun, 2020
Great recipe! I add half teaspoon cayenne pepper and half teaspoon mustard powder. Made today and cut the 2cm dough into squares, rather than circles. So quick and easy.
26th May, 2020
Delicious and really easy to make, I added extra cayenne pepper and mustard powder. Went down well with all the family.
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Bárbara Firakowski
24th May, 2020
Great recipe! I've made on the food processor and avoided getting my hands dirty ;), just perfect!
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18th May, 2020
fab recipe but I needed to add more liquid so went decadent and added 30ml of double cream and more extra mature cheddar - really divine!
16th May, 2020
First time making scones in years. I used Almond milk and more cayenne. Absolutely yummy and beautiful straight out of the oven! Will be making more:)
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Michaela Shearman
8th May, 2020
I’m very much a beginner when it comes to baking, but this recipe is simple and my scones came out fantastic!! I added a little more cheese into the breadcrumbs and it tasted brilliant.
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Gemma Ferguson
3rd May, 2020
Easy afternoon treat. Doubled the Cayenne so lovely and warm.
3rd May, 2020
My first attempt at a scone and it worked really well. They looked and tasted delicious and everyone wanted more. Have made another batch! Will definitely keep using this recipe.
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Julya Medved
24th Apr, 2020
Very easy to make and the scones tasted wonderful. I added a bit of dried oregano and it worked really well.


26th Oct, 2019
Fab, but...Does anybody else find there is never enough butter milk? I end up squishing everything together which means they never rise cos I've squashed all the air out! They taste amazing but never rise and I think it's because of having to squash everything?
15th Dec, 2018
Does anyone know how long can you keep these scones, can they freeze and be reheated? Any advice appreciated
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Jess Armstrong
22nd Jan, 2018
How man this calories are there roughly in this recipe?
1st May, 2017
How long can these keep for?
19th May, 2020
Love this recipe! Very simple and easy to follow. I did have to put mine in for a bit longer than recommended but still, absolutely delicious!
23rd Oct, 2017
The mixture was too dry. I added 1 beaten egg. I also replaced the cayenne with smoked paprika. Excellent tasting well risen scones.
18th Nov, 2016
I found the recipe needs at least double the amount of liquid stated (I used a mix of water and milk in the end). Delicious flavour and they rose well. At least as good as my friends (fantastic!) and better than any I have ever made before. Will definitely make again.
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