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.