These cheese and rosemary scones are perfect for a Christmas meal
These cheese and rosemary scones are perfect for a Christmas meal

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 200 degree centigrade

The paprika not just adds flavour but also a lovely colour
The paprika not just adds flavour but also a lovely colour

2. In a bowl add the self rising flour, paprika, baking powder, salt and freshly ground pepper and mix well.

You could make this scone without egg too!
You could make this scone without egg too!

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.

The flakier the mix the better
The flakier the mix the better

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.

Do not press the dough too much, or you will end up with scones that don't rise!
Do not press the dough too much, or you will end up with scones that don’t rise!

5. When done, press the dough down on a flat surface and roll it into 3 cms thick disc.

Its the jolly good season, bring out the stars!
It’s the jolly good season, bring out the stars!

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.

The star at your dining table! Cheddar Cheese, Rosemary and Buttermilk Scones
The star at your dining table! Cheddar Cheese, Rosemary and Buttermilk Scones

 

 

 

 

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