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Scottish Recipe – Wholemeal Cheese Scones

Updated on February 23, 2012
Wholemeal Cheese Scones
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To many people, scones are a favorite desert or snack. They are enjoyed by most of Scotland’s residents and come in many tasty varieties. Wholemeal cheese scones in particular are a must for many because of their nutritional and wholesome benefits. You may be surprised to discover how these flavor filled cheese scones will tickle your taste buds.

Comprising mainly of flour, egg, butter and cheese, wholemeal cheese scones are an entirely filling and a stomach satisfying snack. They are best served shortly after baking, which apart from supplementing their great baked flavor, is perfect for adding a melting spread of butter over them. So here is an eye hungering recipe for wholemeal cheese scones. It will guide you on how to cook the ideal mouth-watering snack with a simple and easy to follow Scottish recipe method.

Recipe - makes 12 wholemeal cheese scones


  • 100g (3 ½ oz) wholemeal self raising flour
  • 100g (3 ½ oz) white self raising flour
  • 40g (1 ½ oz) butter
  • 200g (7oz) mature white cheddar cheese – finely grated
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 85ml (3 fl oz) fresh milk
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda

Method for making wholemeal cheese scones:

Sift the flours, salt, cayenne and bicarbonate of soda together into the same bowl. Using your fingers, gently rub the butter into these dry ingredients to produce a fairly consistent texture. Lightly mix in the grated cheese with your fingers.

Take the egg and the milk to whisk them together, and then add them to the base scone mixture. Using a flat round bladed knife, form a smooth dough by pressing the mixture together.

Gently compress the dough with your hands into a smooth ball. Place the dough onto a floured food board and roll it until evenly flat, into a thickness of 4cm (1 ½ inch) and no thinner. Using a straight-sided cutter, cut out the scones, pushing down into the dough without twisting the cutter (This allows the scones to raise more evenly). You can use the left over trimmings to form an extra piece.

Fill a floured baking tray with the scones and lightly baste them with a little milk. Sprinkle a small, extra amount of grated cheese, over the tops of the scones for that final cheesy finish.

Preheat an oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7 and bake the scones on the centre shelf for 12 – 15 minutes or until fully risen and golden looking.

Place onto a cooling tray after removing from the oven and try to contain yourself as you reach for your favorite topping or accompaniment. Cup of tea anyone?


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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      These are beautiful. If looks are any recommendation, they'll be scrumptious too.

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      Infobrowser 5 years ago from UK

      Thankyou field of flowers. There's no better scone than a wholemeal cheese scone =)

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      Field-Of-Flowers 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I've never had scones before and they sure do look delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll have to give it a try!