My lovely mum gave me a recipe to make cheese scones that is so delicious i decided to share it. Often i look at recipes for these and think they don’t have enough cheese in them or ingredients they don’t need so i asked my mum for her tried and tested recipe, the one she used to make for us when we were little, that i have extremely fond memories of! I am sure she won’t mind me sharing as i have a great belief that we would all be better cooks if we all shared our tried and tested recipes a little more often.
8 oz self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 oz butter
4 oz cheese (i use strong cheddar)
1/4 pint milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)
Sift together flour, salt and mustard (if using). Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Finely grate the cheese and add 3 1/2 oz to the flour mixture, bind together with the milk to form a soft dough. Roll out on a floured table to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into 15 rounds with a 1 1/2 inch cutter (often i just roll out to a flattened circle shape and cut into wedges as i like them in triangles!) Place on a greased baking sheet, brush with milk and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake in a hot oven for 12 minutes or until golden, cool and serve with butter.
A note from my mum is that she used to add one egg but now doesn’t as it just seems to make them rise very slightly so she doesn’t think it is needed. With the mustard she says it does bring out the flavour of the cheese but if you don’t have it in your cupboard then not to worry as they are still yummy without it. Also you can make these just as well with wholemeal flour but mum recommends adding a teaspoon of baking powder if you want to make them this way.
If you do make them have fun, and let me know how you get on, they are so easy to make and so yummy warm with butter on!