Saturday, 13 February 2010

Recipe: Cheese Scones

Ingredients - (makes 6 to 7 depending on the depth that you roll the dough out).

225g self raising flour (see baking tips if you need to make up your own)
or 225g plain flour and 2 1/2 tsps baking powder
65g butter, cubed
1/2 tsp salt
30g strong cheese, grated (if you don't have strong cheese you can increase the amount of cheese upto 100g without it altering the consistency)
150ml milk

Method -

Preheat the oven to 200c.

In a large mixing bowl add the flour, salt and baking powder (if using).

Then rub in the cubed butter, until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Then mix in the grated cheese and milk to make a sticky dough.

Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and gently kneed and roll out to 1 inch or 2.5cm depth.

Cut out the scones using a 2 inch or 5cm round cutter.

Transfer the scones to a baking tray lined with greaseproof.

Brush the top of each scone with milk and sprinkle a little more cheese on the top of each.

Put in the oven for approximately 15 minutes.

The scones should be golden brown on top.  If you want to test the inside, if you carefully lift one of the scones up and tap the bottom it should sound hollow.  If it sounds dull give them a few more minutes, making sure they do not burn on top.

For a change add 1 tsp mustard powder or 1 tsp of chopped herbs such as oregano, sage or parsley to the dry mix.

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