If you're looking for the perfect quick baking project then you've found it. We couldn't be fonder of our simple cheese scone recipe, and think it's one of the tastiest afternoon treats you can make yourself. Our simple no-fuss method means you can have these little chaps in the oven in just 15 mins, and that means warm, melt-in-the-mouth savoury cheese scones in next to no time. And, as this recipe requires only 5 ingredients, it's both easy and delicious, making it a strong contender for the title of best cheese scones recipe ever in our opinion! Our favourite topping for cheese scones is cold butter, spread thickly and allowed to melt through the fluffy inside of each scone. But if you prefer though you really can add any topping you please - just use them as you would normal bread and garnish with all sorts of things, like ham, cheese, salad or chutneys. The possibilities are endless! The batch in this recipe can easily be doubled, and if you prefer things a little spicier then add a generous pinch of mustard powder to the mix for a satisfying kick. Or, if you like your scones to be more "orange" in shade then substitute the mature cheddar in this recipe for a mature red Leicester and that will do the trick.
Light and fluffy cheese sconesIf this is your first time making cheese scones and you want to make sure they come out perfectly light and fluffy then why not watch our simple step-by-step video? It's short and will make sure yours come out fantastically from the very first go. Just remember, try and resist eating them straight away. They will benefit from being allowed to cool on a rack slightly before cracking them open and slathering in the topping of your choice...
Watch how to make Cheese Scones
- 50g (2oz) unsalted butter, softened
- 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 100g (4oz) extra-mature Cheddar, grated, plus extra for topping
- 130ml (4½fl oz) skimmed milk
Heat the oven to 200 C, 180 C fan, 400 F, gas 6.
Rub the butter into the flour with a pinch of salt, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Stir through the baking powder and grated cheese, then make a well in the centre and pour in the milk.
Quickly stir the flour with a knife until the dough comes together. Tip on to a floured surface, bring lightly together with your hands, then pat into a disc around 4cm (1½in) thick.
Using a 4cm (1½in) floured cutter, cut out rounds and place them on a floured baking sheet. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of each scone, then bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. Serve warm with butter.