Classic cheese scones Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of a kick)
  • 1/2 cup (55g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup (100g) grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk, plus extra for brushing

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Pastry cutter or fork
  • Round cookie cutter (about 2.5 inches diameter)

Instructions

  • Preheat and Prep: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  • Cut in Butter: Add the cold butter cubes to the dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some pea-sized pieces of butter remaining.
  • Add Cheese and Egg: Stir in most of the grated cheddar (reserve about 2 tablespoons) and the beaten egg until just incorporated.
  • Add the Milk: Gradually add the milk, mixing gently with a fork until the dough comes together. It should be slightly sticky but not overly wet.
  • Shape the Dough: Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Pat or gently roll the dough to about 1-inch thickness. Avoid overworking the dough, as this will make your scones tough.
  • Cut the Scones: Using a round cookie cutter, cut out as many scones as possible. Gather the scraps, gently pat them together, and cut out more scones.
  • Brush and Bake: Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle with the reserved cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and risen.
  • Cool and Enjoy: Let the scones cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack. Serve warm with butter, clotted cream, or your favorite preserves.

Tips:

  • Cold Ingredients: Using cold butter and milk helps create light and flaky scones.
  • Handle the Dough Gently: Don’t overwork the dough. Mix and knead just until it comes together.
  • Sharp Cheese: Use a sharp cheddar cheese for the best savory flavor.
  • Add-Ins: Experiment with additions like chopped chives, bacon, or sun-dried tomatoes.

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