Extremely popular in New Zealand (well, at least they were… about 7 or 8 years ago), cheese scones are an absolute delight! Perfect for a morning or afternoon tea when you’re in need of something a little more savoury, rather than sweet. Plus they’re extremely quick and easy to make – which is always a bonus!
My original recipe for Perfectly Fluffy Scones (which was in fact the very first post published on Gather and Graze) is a wonderful alternative for those preferring to go the traditional ‘Devonshire Tea’ route with jam and whipped cream.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Savoury Cheese Scones | Gather and Graze
- 300g (2 Cups) Self Raising Flour
- ¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
- ⅛ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 50g (3½ Tablespoons) Chilled Unsalted Butter (cut into small cubes)
- 75g (1 Cup) Cheddar Cheese (grated coarsely)
- 180ml (¾ Cup) Milk
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F and line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.
Sift the flour, salt and cayenne pepper into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub it thoroughly into the flour, until you can no longer feel any little lumps of butter. Stir through the grated cheese.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk. Use a butter knife to mix in the milk, until completely combined (adding in a tiny bit more milk, if the mixture is too dry). For a light, fluffy scone, it’s very important that you don’t knead the dough by hand. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and shape gently into a large round disc (about 2cm high). Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 6 wedges. Transfer each piece to the prepared baking tray, allowing a little room between each.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 12-14 minutes, until golden on top and cooked through. Allow to cool a little, before serving warm with a generous slather of butter.
- These scones are also lovely with a scattering of fresh herbs… chopped chives in particular work well… or finely chopped thyme or rosemary can also make for a lovely addition. Add the herbs at the same time as you stir in the grated cheese.
Yummy cheese scones! I love them. My fav scone, better than plain or fruit scones.
Thanks so much! I have a hard time deciding on a favourite type of scone… as long as they’re made well and come with lashings of butter! 😉
Margot, I was in Christchurch a few weeks ago and cheese scones are still popular! These look well tasty. 😁
Thanks cheergerm – love a good scone – cheesey, date or normal! Also love Christchurch! Hope you had a fabulous time over there.
yum i love savoury scones. i always prefer them to the sweet versions of other things like muffins too. funnily enough, i made cheese scones for international scone week this month. at first when i saw your post, i thought you must have made them for that link:)
😀 What a coincidence! They really are a lovely alternative to the sweet versions… having said that though, I’ve recently been craving a good date scone, so might need to get baking!
How lovely, Margot! Think that they would be especially delicious with some herbed butter!
I always end up making sweet scones..maybe it’s now time for some savoury cheese ones!
Yes, herbed butter would go beautifully… or as mentioned, chop some herbs up to mix in with the cheese – either way, cheese and herbs are a fantastic match! Like you, I more often opt for the sweet version, but this really does make for a very pleasant change now and then. 🙂
There’s no excuse NOT to whip up a batch of these lovely scones Margot. I think my guys would love these for breakfast this weekend. Maybe alongside scrambled eggs. I’m going to do it. 🙂
Oh, I think they’d be beautiful alongside scrambled eggs Seana – would be great to add in some chives or other herbs too. I’d love to hear how they turn out! Hope that the recent travels went really well. 🙂
Bookmarking now to making it….may be tomorrow ❤️❤️
For some reason, I have stopped receiving your posts in email. Doing it again!!
I really hope that you enjoy them too Sonal! Also hope that the emails start coming through again… the mysteries of WP! 😉
I hope so 😊
How are you doing?
Thanks for asking Sonal… I’m doing fine, though eagerly anticipating the start of spring and the warmer months! It even snowed here a couple of days ago, which is a very rare occurrence for Canberra, where I live. Exciting… but sooo cold! Hope all is well with you and that you’re feeling settled after the big move!
You back in Australia? I thought you were in Europe for a while 😊.
I am at the last leg of the move. Move in the house next week and then from a month from that…I can say “normal” 😀.
When is the next TDPC coming out?
Ohhh, I really wish that I’d had the good fortune to have spent a while in Europe recently… but alas, it must be one of your other blogging friends!
Hope that all goes smoothly for you next week and that the unpacking isn’t too tiring and stressful.
Spring/Fall TDPC will be released hopefully in early-mid September. I hope you’ll enjoy the new recipes. 🙂
What a great snack anytime. It’ s time for me to make scones.
🙂 It’s always a good time for scones!
My favourites (wth lashings of butter)!
Definitely on the same wavelength Tanya! 🙂
Tea and these gorgeous cheese scones would be just the thing for me! They look just about perfect Margot!
Thanks so much Naina! 🙂
I agree, Margot! They truly sound satisfying, in the morning for breakfast, or as an afternoon snack. Yum!
Thanks Fae! 🙂 They really are pretty yummy… and can be varied so easily with different combinations of cheeses or herbs – feta works beautifully too!
Never had anything other than plain scones. But as I love that unmistakeable flavour of melted cheese I know I’d love a couple of these with a big mug of tea. Oops, I seem to be rhyming really badly. Unintentional!
😀 Attempted a rhyme in response, but it was even worse than your unintentional one above, so decided best to just delete! Hmmm, never was much of a poet…
The scones make for a nice change from the norm… also LOVE a good Date Scone!
A great scone is hard to find, looks like you have it in the bag Margot!!
Thank you Sandra! I’m sure you would have come across these on a regular basis during your recent travels around NZ! 🙂 I’ve eaten more than my fair share today… one for morning tea and then another one at lunch!
Yes I did see them on cafe menus a lot. I didn’t indulge tho, I stuck to the GF treats
The scone looks so good, Margot and I want to eat them off the screen! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend xx
You’re so very kind Linda, thank you! This is exactly how I feel when I see your posts too – we really do eat with our eyes, don’t we!? Such a shame you don’t live closer, so we could sit down together with a cup of tea and a scone and chat. Bon weekend à toi aussi! 🙂
these have my name written all over them! Am cheese freak and I love scones so this is my idea of heaven! Superb work. ps – feel free to bring a plate of these to Eat Drink Blog 🙂
😀 Ha! From looking at the schedule it doesn’t appear that we’ll be going hungry over that weekend! Thanks for your lovely comment… have a great weekend!
I love savoury scones – my Mum does a killer cheese and chive version. These do look delicious though 🙂
Thanks very much for your kind comment! Yum… cheese and chives really do work beautifully together!
Like you said, these look perfect with a good cup of tea 😀
Thanks Linda… indeed they are perfect alongside a good cup of tea!