I love scones and these quick and easy savoury cheese scones are so good in so many ways. They take what is normally a sweet tea time treat and turn it into a useful lunch/brunch and party nibble too.
I love baking, the measuring, sifting, mixing and all the hands-on stuff before the waiting impatiently as things come to life in the Aga.
The anticipation, the mouth watering joy as you open the oven and the smell of baking fills the kitchen and you just can’t wait to tuck in but have to hold yourself back till things cool and are ready to eat……
I also love the simplicity of knowing that by putting together a few simple ingredients and adding heat you make something rather lovely. I’m hopeless at maths but this is my sort of adding up.
And these quick and easy savoury cheese scones add up to super tasty every time!
Ingredients for cheese scones
Flour – I have used plain flour for mu cheese scone recipe and some Baking Powder for that all important rise in my scones.
Butter – I always use unsalted butter in my recipes but normal salted butter would be just fine here.
Milk and an egg – your liquid additions for your savoury scones.
Flavourings – Paprika gives the lovely warmth to these savoury cheese scones and thyme adds the freshness of herbs. A lovely combination.
Cheese – well no cheese scone recipe would be complete without cheese would it. I have used basic cheddar cheese here. Feel free to use your favourite cheese, afterall these are your cheese scones!
So there you go, there are not too many ingredients to worry about in this cheese scone recipe and they are the sort of things that tend to be lurking in the cupboard or fridge anyway.
That’s what I love about scones, they are something that you can whip up in no time without having to scuttle off to the shops to buy loads of ingredients.
I sometimes like to add in a little of my homemade Highlander Mustard to my savoury scone dough. It adds that extra wee kick of heat and flavour. Well worth giving this one a try!
How to make cheese scones
Rub the butter, flour, baking powder, salt and paprika together to form a breadcrumb like mixture.
Mix egg and milk (reserve a little milk to glaze the scones) add this to dry ingredients
Add the grated cheese and thyme if using. Mustard too if you are using that.
Stir well then bring together into a dough and roll out to about 2cm thick
I like to sprinkle on a little grated parmesan cheese on top of the milk glaze, or just add more chedder if you like
Bake for 15 minutes till golden on top
How long will scones keep
Scones of any type are always best on the day they are made. They will keep till next day though in an airtight box. Just warm your scones in the oven to freshen them up.
They are so easy and quick to make though. It’s a shame not to just whip up a batch of cheesy scones whenever you need them.
Can you freeze them?
Oh most definitely. These are great to pop in the freezer so you have them handy any time. Just wrap the baked scones well in cling film then pop into a freezer proof bag and label clearly.
Defrost and warm them up in the oven before serving.
How to serve savoury cheese scones
I love having one of these savoury scones with a bowl of soup instead of the usual bread. Warm from the oven and spread with butter they liven up any bowl of soup.
Another great serving idea is spreading the cheese scones with cream cheese and some smoked salmon and a few chives.
You can even serve cheese scones with cream and jam as you would ‘normal’ scones for a sweet/savoury combo.
Make these cheese scones in a mini size for a party too.
These cheese scones are from my book Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes where I share all manner of traditional Scottish baking recipes and some new ideas too.
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Quick and easy savoury cheese scones
- 200 g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 45 g butter chilled and diced
- 100 ml milk
- 1 egg
- 30 g cheddar cheese grated
- 1/2 tsp mustard optional but adds great flavour
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and line a baking tray with parchment
- Rub the flour, baking powder, salt, paprika and butter together to get breadcrumb texture
- Mix egg and milk and add this in centre of the crumb mixture and stir in
- Add the grated cheese and theme (and mustard if using) and bring together to form a soft dough
- Flour your work surface and roll out dough till 1-1.5cm thick and using a cookie or upturned glass cut out rounds
- Place on baking tray and sprinkle with remaining cheese
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes till golden
- Cool on a wire rack then split horizontally