Ah, Scones. Perhaps my ultimate guilty pleasure. I just adore afternoon tea, with the scones being my favourite part (jam first, them cream.) You may be surprised to learn that scones are quite easy to make from scratch and the basic ingredients can be found in your pantry cupboard. My favourite ones to make are, of course, cheese scones.
Whenever I need to relax and unwind, I find baking cheese scones the ultimate turn off my brain task. I know this recipe off by heart, and almost always have the ingredients in the house. This is why it is the perfect recipe to make when you just need to unwind and relax. Cheese scones are also delicious when warm, so you can eat them almost as soon as they come out of the oven. Over time, the hint of chilli develops and gives these scones a great bit of bite.
225g self-raising flour
25g mature cheddar cheese, grated
Pinch of salt
Heat the oven to 220C. Line a tray with baking paper.
Mix together the flour, salt and rub in the butter. Add the salt and chilli flakes (as much as you can handle.) Stir in the cheese and slowly add the milk to get a soft dough.
Lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough very lightly. Pat into a round ball. You can then use a cutter to stamp out your scones; personally, I find tearing them and shaping them with your hands makes them look more rustic and prettier. Brush the top of the scones with a little milk and sprinkle a bit more grated cheese on top.
Bake for 12- 15 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack/ eat straight away.
Such a delicious weekend treat. Will you be making it this weekend?