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How To Make The Best Tasting Cheese Scones Ever!

Updated on October 31, 2014
Freshly baked chees scones
Freshly baked chees scones

The best cheese scones I can recollect tasting were my Mom's

One of my earliest memories of baking is helping my Mom make cheese scones and having one of the first ones to come out of the oven, the butter almost melting into the still warm savoury scone. Just thinking about it now is evoking memories of the homely, appetising aroma of freshly baked cheese scones filling the kitchen!

It's true, my Mom's cheese scones are truly irresistible, and I am going to share the recipe with you now!

Cheese Scones are my favorite type of scone!

My mom used to make fruited and plain scones too but the cheese scones were always my favourite.

What Type Of Scones Do You Prefer? - Are plain, sweet or savory scones the ones for you?

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Cheese Scones!

Cheese Scones!
Cheese Scones!

Mom's Scones Came In Different Shapes! - The cheese scones were always the triangular ones...

My Mom used to make the different types of scones in different shapes:

The fruit scones were always round, we didn't have cookie cutters, an upturned glass was sufficient to cut the shapes. The plain scones were square and the cheese scones were always cut into triangles.


The ingredients you will need to make the cheese scones.

The ingredients should be sufficient to make 16 cheese scones, just halve the ingredients if you want to make less.

My Mom adapted her recipe for cheese scones from one in an old Bero recipe book and it produced some of the best cheese scones I think that I have ever tasted. Although these days I do like to experiment with different flavors and ingredients I do still dig out her old recipe for cheese scones from time to time.

  • 12 oz (350g) self raising flour
  • Good pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder (I use English mustard)
  • 2 oz (50g) margarine
  • 6 oz (150g) grated cheese
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 4 tbs milk

I like to use a strong flavored or mature cheese....

A more mature cheese will give your scones a deeper flavour.

How To Make The Cheese Scones

Just follow the simple instructions to make the best tasting cheese scones ever...

Pre heat the oven to 220°C or Gas Mark 7.

Mix together the flour, mustard powder, salt and pepper then rub in the margarine.

Stir in most of the cheese, saving some for the top of the scones.

Beat the eggs with the milk (saving some to glaze the tops of the scones) and make a soft dough with the flour mix.

Roll out the dough to about ½ inch in thickness and cut into about 16 triangles or rounds.

Place on a greased baking tray and brush the tops with the remaining egg and milk then sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

Bake the scones for about 10 to 15 minutes until nicely golden on top.

Turn out on to a wire rack to cool.

How Do You Pronounce Scone?

The pronunciation of the word scone varies, especially in the UK.. It is said two-thirds of the British population pronounce it "skon" rhyming with "con" and "John", and even a higher percentage pronounce it that way in Scotland.

The rest of the population pronounce it "skoan", rhyming with "stone" and "bone".

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Variations On A Cheese Scone...

I also like to experiment by combining different flavours with the cheese when I make scones... here are a few of the combinations that I hace found to work best.

Wild Garlic Cheese Scones

When it is in season we love to walk along the canal with the dog and collect wild garlic leaves with which we will usually make wild garlic pesto and wild garlic mayonnaise (you can find both recipes here at Declan's Dogs Blog. but the wild garlic also works wonderfully well with cheese scones!

You will need about 10 leaves which are blanched and chopped finely and stirred into the scone mix before adding the liquid.

Our source of wild garlic

along the canal side

Cheese and spring onion (scallions) scones

Finely chop 3 to 4 spring onions and combine them with your scone mix

Cheese and chilli scones

I usually add 2 to 3 small dried and crushed red chillis to the scone mix... don't overdo it with the chillies, you just want enough to give you a hint of heat and not send you running for a pitcher of iced water!

Cheese and chive scones

Simply snip a small handful of chives into the scone mix.

What Other Flavour Combinations Do You Think You Might Like When Making Cheese Scones?

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      Colin323 2 years ago

      I'm in the scone, as in 'own' camp, although the rest of Yorkshire goes for the 'on' version. Whatever. These look delicious, and I particularly like the addition of wild garlic idea. It grows in abundance along the Leeds-Liverpool canal near me, so I will certainly try this. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      These look really good! I've never made scones but I think I'll try the recipe!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I love the addition of the mustard! Can't wait to make 'em. :D

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      These cheese scones look yummy! I make a version with feta cheese, Greek yogurt and seed oil. They too are delicious!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Oh my! Your cheese scones sound delicious! I will be trying your recipe.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      These sound positively delicious! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Melissa 4 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      How about a cheese and walnut scone? Sorta like a doughy cheese ball.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh man, those all sound so good. I had a recipe years ago that called for Gruyere cheese. Those were fantastic!

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      This sounds good:) Garlic and chives sound good.

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Onions or a little basil. Nice lens!

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      ComfortsOfHome 4 years ago

      Mustard really does bring out the cheese flavour - your recipe is spot on! I also like to put sun-dried tomatoes in my cheese scones sometimes.

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      Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

      These look soooo good! I'll have to try them sometime and see if the kids will eat them.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These sound delicious! I bet they be good with a touch of garlic sprinkled in!

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    Buttermilk Scones with Cheshire Cheese and Chives by Delia Smith

    You know, I have never followed a recipe from Delia which hasn't worked! These buttermilk, cheese and chive scones sound heavenly!

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        Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

        These look very tasty. Well done.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Returning to congratulate you on home page honors for your yummy cheese scones!

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        Jack-in-the-Box 4 years ago

        You had me at cheese. I am hungry now and I have to try these great looking cheese scones. Thank you so much for sharing them. Great lens!

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        Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

        I need to try some of these... They look delicious!

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        Sue-DN 4 years ago

        Love cheese scones with a generous helping of butter (naughty but nice), and also plain scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream (jam first!)

        The lovely thing about scones is that when the thought of them enters your head you've usually got all the ingredients to hand and they don't take long to make and bake. Almost instant gratification!

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        pennyhart lm 4 years ago

        I think I must try these!

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        Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

        Haven't tried the ones with cheese but love making the plain scones - served with srawberry jam and fresh cream . Yummy, Yummy .

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        asiliveandbreathe 4 years ago

        Very easy and tasty recipe. I have added a link to this on my

        meal-of-the-month3 lens, in the Vegetarian Picnic and Snacks section.

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        stylish7 4 years ago

        nice, you make my hungry, Thank you

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        Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

        Well, now I'm hungry! Excellent recipe lens. Thank you! Congrats too on front page placement.

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        tfsherman lm 4 years ago

        I'm drooling!

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        longbitbeard 4 years ago

        I love scones, but good ones are hard to come by even in cafes. Thanks for this excellent (and delicious) lens!

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        Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

        Yum! I will have to try them. :)

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        ComfortsOfHome 4 years ago

        Wonderful with a hearty soup!

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        Tom 4 years ago

        Great looking recipe, I'm gonna have to try it out!

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        loveanime22 4 years ago

        so delicious

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        Joh2xny 4 years ago

        Looks yummy!

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        Rose Jones 4 years ago

        Well, your topic is a hard one to go wrong with - I love cheese scones and love the fact that you can make them so easily. But your coverage of this basically simple topic is exceptional - tweeted and blessed.

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        Bob Zau 4 years ago

        These look good!

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        miaponzo 4 years ago

        I actually don't like sweet scones, and these savory ones sound delish!!!! Blessed!