Cheese Scones

However you pronounce it, scones are a British crowd favourite. Make these as part of a main meal or as a simple snack.

Serves: 12


  • 360 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 240 ml milk
  • 125 g cheddar or parmesan
  • Salt, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 230C/gas mark 8. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Using your hands, combine the butter into the mixture (or pulse in a food processor) until it looks like coarse, grainy crumbs.

2. Pour the milk in a well in the centre of the mixture and combine until a soft, elastic dough is formed. Add 125g of grated cheese to the basic dough before rolling it out. Cheddar is a particularly good choice, as is parmesan. 

3. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface until smooth. Roll the dough out until it is 2cm thick. 

4. Cut into rounds with a cookie cutter or a glass and bake on the prepared sheet for about 10 minutes or until they rise and are golden.

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