Steaming Hot Cheese Scones on a Lazy Sunday

May 18, 2014

With the husband and son off playing rugby, a batch of steaming hot scones was suggested as they rushed out of the house.  The 7 year old wanted the scones to have "lots of cheese and butter, for when we get back starving hungry"..

So here is a very easy recipe, handed down by my mother, with limited ingredients required. It will satisfy the hunger of little boys (and their fathers). Mine are currently steaming in a tea towel, awaiting the boys return..

Cheese Scones

Makes about 9 scones - double the recipe if you are feeding the masses.

8 oz plain flour;

2 oz cold butter;

4 tsp baking powder (yes, this is correct);

pinch of salt;

3/4 cup trim milk (you may not need this much milk).

1/4 cup parmesan cheese & 1/2 cup grated tasty or edam cheese (reserve about 1/4 cup for the top of the scones);

cayenne papper for sprinkling (optional, especially with little ones as it is hot).

Method

  1. Process the dry ingredients until well mixed in the food processor - no need to sieve it.
  2. Add the cheese and process it briefly.
  3. Add the butter in cubes and process.
  4. Add the milk whilst the processor is going.  Stop the processor and check the mixture. It should not be sticky but be able to be shaped into a ball.
  5. Place on a floured surface. Create a ball and flatten it out with your hands to a square shape. Cut is into about 8-9 pieces and put them on a greased baking tray.
  6. Brush the scones with a little milk, add the reserved cheese to the top and the cayenne pepper, if using. Leave the scones to stand for 10 minutes so they rise.
  7. Place in the oven for 5 minutes on 220 degrees celcius. Then drop it down to 200 degrees celcius for another 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and place the steaming scones in a tea towel to steam. Leave them about 6-8 minutes, if you can resist.
  9. Serve them  hot with lashings of butter.

Note: you can leave out the parmesan cheese and just use the cheese that you have in the fridge.  Parmesan and tasty cheese will give the scones a stronger, more cheesy taste.

You can easily make these scones a sweet version by leaving out the cheese and cayenne pepper and replace it with 1 cup of dates (chopped) & 1/4 cup white sugar to the dry mixture, before adding the butter.  Brush each uncooked scone with milk and add a sprinkle of sugar to the top before baking.

Have a lovely Sunday!