Family Favourites: Cheese Scones

These cheese scones are always a hit when it comes to a savoury snack. They are crumbly and moreish, and work well with a simple covering of butter. You could, of course, get more adventurous and add sliced tomato or a spoon of chutney.


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1sp salt
  • 1tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 2tsp mustard powder
  • 1tsp of dried rosemary
  • 55g chilled and cubed butter
  • 100g of grated hard cheese (cheddar works well)
  • 60ml warmed milk

You will also need a pastry cutter (or a glass), rolling pin and a non-stick baking sheet.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C
  2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Add the cayenne pepper, mustard and dried rosemary.
  4. Rub the cubes of butter into the flour mixture until it forms fine breadcrumbs (you can do this in a food processor).
  5. Add the cheese, and mix well.
  6. Add the milk.
  7. Use a kitchen knife to mix the dough by ‘cutting’ through it quite quickly in order to bring it all together.
  8. Bring the dough together into a ball before placing on a floured work surface.
  9. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a sheet that is 2.5cm thick.
  10. Use the cutter to cut out six scones.
  11. Pop in the oven for 12-14 minutes, until golden.