How To Make The Best Tasting Cheese Scones Ever!
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?
What type of scones do you prefer?
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".
How do you pronounce the word scone?
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.
More cheese scones from your favorite chefs
Cheddar-Dill Scones by The Barefoot Contessa
I like trying to vary the flavours in my cheese scones so these are ones that I would like to have a go at making.
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!
Wholemeal Cheese Scones by Paul Hollywood
Hmmmm.... does the 'wholemeal' part make these cheese scones seem less of a guilty pleasure? :-)
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