It’s been a crazy week.. came down with the flu and all my planned uploads went for a toss! Lesson to learn never plan Just do it…So today was a marathon session in the kitchen. It is after all Christmas Eve and there’s so much to do…It started with baking these super delicious buttery cheese, rosemary and buttermilk scones. Would go perfect with the bacon and cranberry jam I planned to make later in the evening.
Baking scones is actually one of the easiest things to do as long as you keep the butter cool and your hands off the flour mix…use only the finger tips..that’s the lesson I’ve learnt from baking too many flat scones. I love scones. I love their flaky consistency. I’ve always made them sweet and gobbled them up with cream and jam, this time I decided to go savoury.
This recipe is so simple that you could actually put it together in less than 30 minutes. Since these were being made for Xmas, I’ve cut them into star shapes, but you could go with the regular shapes too.
Makes: 12 scones
Total time: 30 minutes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
Skill Levels: Basic
Equipment needed: Oven, baking dish
- 225 grams of self rising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 55 grams of butter
- 1 egg
- 100 grams of cheddar cheese, grated
- 90 ml buttermilk
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
- Salt to taste
1 Preheat the oven to 200 degree centigrade
2. In a bowl add the self rising flour, paprika, baking powder, salt and freshly ground pepper and mix well.
3. Add the egg, rosemary and the cheddar cheese. Mix.
3. Now add chunks of cold butter and mix it up using only your fingertips. You want to butter to remain cold and form a flaky of bread crumb like texture.
4. Add the buttermilk and mix together again using the finger tips only. It may take some time, but don’t hurry the process up.
5. When done, press the dough down on a flat surface and roll it into 3 cms thick disc.
6. If you want to use a specific shape, you can cut it out using the mould, or divide the entire disc into 12 pieces.
7. Glaze it with the buttermilk and add a bit of rosemary, grated cheese and paprika on top of the scones.
8. Bake them at 200 degree Centigrade for 15 mins.