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Light and Fluffy Cheese Scones – Savoury Scones Recipe

Light and Fluffy Cheese Scones are a great savoury addition to an afternoon tea or picnic. These savoury scones are made with two types of cheese and are really easy to make.

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What Makes This Recipe Great!

  • Perfect for Snacking: These cheese scones are an excellent option for satisfying hunger pangs, making them ideal for lunchboxes or after-school treats.
  • Quick and Easy to Prepare: This savoury scone recipe is straightforward and requires just a few simple ingredients. All made in one bowl, they’re a great option for beginner bakers.
  • Customisable: You can get creative and add in your own flavourings.

More about This Wholemeal Cheese Scone Recipe

If you’re looking for light and fluffy cheese scones without eggs, this is a good recipe to try.

A mixture of two types of flour and two types of cheese, including a strong cheddar for plenty of flavour, we decorate the top with a little brush of milk and extra cheese, giving each scone a nice golden brown finish. These cheesy wholemeal scones taste great for picnics, packed lunches and even an after-school snack.

These easy cheddar scones are quick to make and you can make the dough all in one bowl saving you on clean-up time.

Feel free to experiment by adding your favourite herbs or spices to create your own unique twist like I have in this Cheese and Marmite Scones Recipe. Serve them warm or at room temperature, either as a standalone treat or as an accompaniment to soups, stews, or afternoon tea.

Cheese scones on a cooling rack with a hand picking one up.

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing Bowl: You’ll need a large mixing bowl for combining all of the ingredients to make the wholemeal scone dough.
  • Pastry Cutter or Fork (optional): A pastry cutter or fork is used to cut the butter into the flour mixture, creating a crumbly texture. You can use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour if you don’t have anything else to hand.
  • Grater: To grate the two types of cheese, go for a medium/fine grate to the cheese to make it easy to spread throughout the dough.
  • Baking Sheet: A baking sheet/baking tray lined with baking paper (parchment paper). Depending on their size, you may need two to comfortably space the scones so they don’t touch as they bake.
  • Pastry Brush: Use a pastry brush to coat each scone top with milk. It helps to create a nice golden brown finish and help the cheese to stick to the surface.
  • Biscuit Cutter: A biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter is used to cut out the scone dough into individual rounds. You can choose a size that suits your preference for the scone size. I chose to use a 6cm round cookie cutter for my scones.
  • Cooling Rack: A cooling rack is used to allow the baked scones to cool down properly after coming out of the oven. This helps to prevent them from becoming soggy on the bottom.
  • Weighing Scales: For baking recipes in particular it’s always best to weigh the ingredients accurately to create the best results.

Ingredients

A labelled photo with all the ingredients needed to make savoury cheese scones.
  • Wholemeal and Plain White All Purpose Flour – I use a 50/50 ratio for the flour but you can use all White Flour if you want. I’d advise against using 100% wholemeal flour as the scones will be too dense. This ratio gives you delicious wholemeal scones.
  • Baking Powder – used as a leavening agent to help the scones rise. Make sure it’s in date and has been opened in the last 6 months. Old baking powder doesn’t rise as well.
  • Sea Salt – For seasoning to enhance the flavours of the savoury scones.
  • Unsalted Butter – Be sure to use cold butter. I recommend cubing the butter and placing it back in the fridge while you prepare the other ingredients. We add in the salt separately to control the amount, so stick to using unsalted butter.
  • Milk – I use whole milk to bring the dough together, you can also use semi-skimmed milk too but the dough might not be as rich.
  • Dijon Mustard – You can try different mustards for different flavours.
  • Cheese – I use a mixture of mature cheddar and Red Leicester cheese. You can use all cheddar as a substitute if you’d prefer.

Additions and Variations

  • Cheese and Chive Scones: For a twist, add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh chives into your dough mixture along with the cheese. The addition of chives adds a subtle onion-like flavour and a hint of freshness to the scones.
  • Cheddar Rosemary Scones: Another delicious option is to add in some rosemary and create cheddar scones with rosemary flavours.
  • Spicy Chilli Cheese Scones: If you enjoy a bit of heat, add half a teaspoon of cayenne chilli powder to the flour for a spicy kick. You can further raise the spiciness by swapping out some of the cheese with a Mexican spicy cheese or by adding chopped jalapenos along with the cheese. If you choose the spicy scones, I recommend to omit the Dijon mustard to allow the chilli flavour to shine through.
  • Explore Different Flavours: Like these cheese and Marmite scones, which bring together the distinct taste of Marmite with the richness of cheddar cheese for a unique taste.

Step-By-Step Guide – How To Light and Fluffy Cheese Scones

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

  • Start by preheating your oven to 200°C (390°F).

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

  • In a bowl, combine the plain white flour, plain wholemeal flour, baking powder, and salt.

Step 3: Incorporate the Butter

  • Add the chilled butter cubes to the flour mixture. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
A hand is tipping butter into the flour mixture.
Two hands are rubbing chilled butter into flour inside a white bowl.
Two hands are holding up a flour-butter mixture to show the breadcrumb texture.

Step 4: Add the Cheese

  • Mix in the grated red Leicester cheese and grated mature cheddar cheese until well combined.

Step 5: Prepare the Milk Mixture

  • In a separate bowl, stir the Dijon mustard into the chilled milk. Gradually add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until a slightly sticky dough forms.
A hand is tipping grated cheese into the flour-butter mixture inside a white bowl.
A hand is preparing to add milk to the dry ingredients of the cheese scones.
A hand is using a wooden spoon to mix the scones ingredients together to form a dough.
Prepared cheese scone dough inside a white bowl.

Step 6: Shape the Dough

  • Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a flat circle. Cut the dough into 9 equal-sized circles.
A hand is using a cookie cutter to cut out rounds of scone dough.
A hand is lifting a cut out round of scone dough to show the thickness.

Step 7: Arrange on Baking Tray

  • Place each scone on a lined baking tray, leaving some space between them.

Step 8: Brush and Sprinkle

  • Brush the top of each scone with a little milk and sprinkle extra grated cheese on top.
A hand is using a pastry brush to paint the tops of the cheese scones with milk.
Nine prepared cheese scones laid out on a baking tray ready to be baked in the oven.

Step 9: Bake in the Oven

  • Bake the scones in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are risen and golden.

Step 10: Cool on Tray

  • Once baked, remove the scones from the oven and allow them to cool slightly on the baking tray for 5 minutes.

Step 11: Transfer to Cooling Rack

  • Transfer the scones to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Six baked cheese scones laid out on a wire rack.

FAQ

Can I make the scone dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the scone dough in advance. After mixing the ingredients together, wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to bake, proceed with shaping and baking the scones as directed in the recipe.

Can I use self-raising flour instead of plain flour?

Yes, you can use self-raising flour instead of plain flour. However, since self-raising flour already contains baking powder and salt, omit the baking powder and salt called for in the recipe.

Can I make mini-sized cheese scones?

Yes, you can make mini-sized cheese scones by shaping smaller portions of dough and adjusting the baking time accordingly. Keep in mind that smaller scones will bake faster than larger ones, so keep a close eye on them to prevent overbaking.

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Pro Tips and Guidance

  • Keep Ingredients Cold: Unlike some recipes that call for room temperature ingredients, it’s important to use cold milk, cheese, and butter for your cheese scones. Chilling these ingredients beforehand ensures you achieve the flakiest, fluffiest, and most delicious scones possible.

  • Preheat the Oven: Before baking your scones, make sure your oven has reached the correct temperature. It’s crucial for the oven to be fully preheated to ensure the scones rise up quickly and evenly.

  • Avoid Overmixing: Overmixing the scone dough develops gluten in the flour, resulting in a dense, bread-like consistency. To maintain lightness and crumbliness, mix the dough just until it comes together. Avoid unnecessary kneading or excessive mixing.

  • Incorporate Butter Properly: When adding butter to the flour, cube it into small chunks and rub it between your fingers until you achieve a breadcrumb-like texture. This method creates a barrier that helps prevent gluten formation in the scone dough. Ensure the butter is fully incorporated before adding any other ingredients.

  • Use Fresh Baking Powder: Baking powder is essential for the scones to rise properly. It’s important to use fresh baking powder to ensure its effectiveness. Store your baking powder in a cool, dry place in an airtight container and replace it within 6 months of opening or by the expiration date. Avoid storing it in the fridge.

  • Adjust Dough Consistency: The scone dough should have a slightly sticky and wet texture. If the dough feels too dry and doesn’t hold together, add a little more milk to achieve the right consistency. This helps prevent the scones from falling apart during baking.

A front view of two scones on a blue plate with more scones on a cooling rack behind.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Classic Afternoon Tea: Serve the cheese scones as part of a traditional afternoon tea spread. Pair them with your favourite savoury spreads like chutneys or relishes. Enjoy them alongside a pot of hot tea for a tea-time treat.
  2. Brunch or Breakfast: Include the cheese scones in a brunch or breakfast spread. Serve them warm with scrambled eggs, bacon, or smoked salmon for a savoury start to the day.
  3. Party Starters: Slice the cheese scones horizontally and fill them with ingredients like sliced ham, turkey, or roasted vegetables to create tasty mini sandwiches. These bite-sized scone sandwiches make excellent starters for parties or gatherings.
  4. Cheese Board Addition: Add the savoury scones to a cheese board for an extra dimension of flavour. Serve them alongside a variety of cheeses, fruits, nuts, and condiments. The combination of the savoury scones with different cheeses creates a wonderful taste experience.
  5. Picnic Snacks: Pack the cheese scones for a picnic snack. They are portable and can be enjoyed outdoors. Pair them with your favourite cold cuts, salads, or spreads.
  6. Lunchbox Treats: Pack the cheese scones in lunchboxes for a savoury and filling treat. They are perfect for both kids and adults to enjoy as a midday snack. Include some fresh vegetables or a small salad on the side.
  7. Party Platters: Arrange the cheese scones on a platter with other savoury bites like quiches, sausage rolls, or vegetable skewers. They make an attractive addition to party platters and are sure to be a hit among guests.

Storage

Storage:

  • Room Temperature: If you plan to consume the cheese scones within a day or two, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container or a resealable bag. Ensure that the container is tightly sealed to prevent air exposure, which can cause the scones to dry out.

Freezing:

  • Freezing Before Baking: For best results, I would recommend to freeze the shaped scones before baking. Here’s how to do it:
  • Prepare the Scones: Shape the scones as instructed, but leave off the cheese topping.
  • Freeze on a Tray: Place the shaped scones on a flat tray or baking sheet, ensuring space between each one. Freeze them until solid.
  • Transfer to Freezer Bag: Once frozen, transfer the scones to a freezer bag, remove any excess air, and seal it tightly.
  • Baking from Frozen: When you’re ready to bake, there’s no need to defrost the scone dough. Simply place them directly from the freezer onto a baking sheet. Brush the tops with milk, sprinkle grated cheese on top, and bake them in the oven for a few minutes longer than the original baking time. Ensure they are golden brown and cooked through before removing from the oven.
  • Freezing Cooked Scones: If you have leftover cooked scones, you can freeze them too. However, note that the texture may be slightly different after thawing. Here’s what you can do:
  • Cool Completely: Allow the cooked scones to cool completely at room temperature.
  • Packaging: Place the cooled scones in a freezer bag or an airtight container suitable for freezing.
  • Freeze: Seal the bag or container tightly and place them in the freezer.

Whether you choose to freeze the scones before baking or after baking, make sure to label the storage container with the date and contents for easy reference. Properly stored, the frozen scones can be enjoyed for up to 3 months.

Reheating:

  • When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen cooked scones, defrost them in the fridge. To restore their warmth and crispness, reheat them in the oven until heated through.

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Light and Fluffy Cheese Scones – Savoury Scones Recipe

5 from 42 votes
Delicious wholemeal cheese scones that are easy to make all in one bowl. Using two types of cheese – Red Leicester and a Strong Cheddar, you can have light and fluffy cheese scones that are great for afternoon tea, snacks, and packed lunches.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 9 Scones
Calories: 230kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 150 g Plain White Flour
  • 150 g Plain Wholemeal Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 70 g Butter, chilled
  • 175 ml Milk, chilled
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 30 g Red Leicester Cheese, grated
  • 30 g Mature Cheddar, grated
  • Extra Cheese for topping, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F).
  • In a bowl, mix together the plain white flour, plain wholemeal flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the chilled butter cubes to the flour mixture. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until you achieve a breadcrumb-like texture.
  • In a separate bowl, stir the Dijon mustard into the chilled milk. Gradually add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until a slightly sticky dough forms.
  • Add the grated red Leicester cheese and grated mature cheddar cheese to the dough. Mix until well combined.
  • Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a flat circle. Cut the dough into 9 equal-sized circles.
  • Place each scone on a lined baking tray, leaving some space between them.
  • Brush the top of each scone with a little milk and sprinkle extra grated cheese on top.
  • Bake the scones in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are risen and golden.
  • Once baked, remove the scones from the oven and allow them to cool slightly on the baking tray for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the scones to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Recipe Notes

See the recipe post for more detailed guidance and instructions
 
  • Keep Ingredients Cold: Use cold milk, cheese, and butter for flaky and fluffy scones.
  • Preheat the Oven: Ensure the oven is fully preheated for optimal rising.
  • Avoid Overmixing: Mix the dough just until it comes together to maintain lightness.
  • Incorporate Butter Properly: Rub cold butter into flour for a breadcrumb-like texture.
  • Use Fresh Baking Powder: Replace baking powder regularly for optimal results.
  • Adjust Dough Consistency: Add more milk if needed for a slightly sticky dough.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 2mg

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7 Comments

  1. If I have SR White Flour do I reduce the amount of baking powder thanks?
    My Wholemeal flour is plain but I have several bags of SR white .

    1. Hi, the baking powder content of self-raising flour can differ slightly between brands but is usually equivalent to approximately 1 tsp per 150g. So in your case for using SR flour to replace the white flour, try reducing the amount of added baking powder by 1 tsp.

  2. 5 stars
    I just love this recipe. My kids love to bake with me and this kind of recipe is perfect for our time together. We loved both – baking and eating these lovely cheese scones, thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    So so so good! I love the combination of cheeses which add so much flavor. Plus so simple. I put them in my hubby’s lunchbox – he loved them!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious – I made a batch to serve alongside some tomato soup. Added a little fresh chive to the mixture and they were so tasty! Thanks for such a great recipe – I’ll be making these again soon!

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