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Easy Classic British Cheese Scone Recipe

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Delicious Classic Cheese Scones

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Savoury home made cheese scones are delicious as a snack, with a cuppa or as part of an afternoon tea.

Cheese scones can be made quickly and easily as you can see in this classic cheese scone recipe. Scones can be eaten hot but not straight from the oven, they will need to cook slightly or alternatively they are good served cold. They are also best eaten fresh but will keep for a day or two in an airtight box, though they will need a quick, warm through before serving. They also freeze very well.

The success of the perfect scone depends on working as quickly and as lightly as possible, keeping all the ingredients as cool as possible and to make sure your scones are light, fluffy and well risen have a look at these simple tips to making the perfect scone.


5 Top Tips for Making the Perfect Scones, Every Time


This recipe is for a cheese scone but these can quickly be changed to fruit, and or any other flavour you may want to add, (cherry, cranberry, lemon, orange and so on) check out the notes below or you can check out the  Easy, Classic Scone Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 scones depending cutter


  • 225g/2 cups self raising flour
  • 55g/ 2 oz cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup /55g grated cheese plus 1/2 cup /55g extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150 ml/¼ pint milk
  • 1 egg beaten with a little milk


  • Heat the oven to /205°C/400 °F/Gas 6
  • Generously grease a baking sheet with butter then sprinkle with flour.
  • Sieve the self raising flour into a roomy baking bow, add the cubed butter, the baking powder and salt. Quickly rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the grated cheese and dry mustard powder to the mixture and mix well.
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture and using a dinner knife, stir in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough, if you add too much sprinkle with a little flour to prevent the dough from being too sticky.
  • Turn the mixture on to a floured board or work surface and knead very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 2cm / 3/4" thick.
  • Cut rounds with a 7.5cm/3" cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife.
  • Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese then bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen.
  • Cool on a wire rack before eating.

Serve split across the middle and spread with butter.


Alternative Scones Recipes

Fruit Scones Recipe

Classic Plain Scones Recipe

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Hmmmm, Member sh_ah

Well I made this recipe I thought it was a good simple recipe however it did not turn out like that I am a top chef who works at a restaurant and I wanted to learn how to make scones but this recipe was not very good it was very dry and seemed a bit salty

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