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Cheese, Sun-dried Tomato and Basil scones.

Updated: May 8

These scones were a big hit with my youngest son and he said they taste like a pizza! I guess he is quite right as the flavours of cheese, tomato and basil are that of a margarita pizza.

These are probably one of my favourite savoury scones now and make an interesting change from a plain cheese scone.



They are really tasty on their own with just butter or pair perfectly with a tomato soup.



When I had my cafe I was making scones every morning before we opened at 10am. We always made fruit and cheese scones and they were always good sellers. It took many tries to get a recipe I was happy with and my customers loved them. This is a variation on my cheese scones.




To start pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade (200 Fan) or Gas Mark 7 and line a baking tray with parchment.

In a large bowl weigh out the SR flour and butter then add the salt and pepper.



Rub the butter into the flour until you have a texture of fine breadcrumbs.



Add 60g of the cheese, sun-dried tomato paste and basil, then mix.




Then add the egg and the milk into the dry ingredients and mix with a knife.



Using your hands, bring the ingredients together to form a soft ball of dough.



.Tip the dough onto a lightly floured bench and flatten gently with your hand to about 2cm/ 3/4” thick.


Cut out 6 scones with a square 5cm cutter.



Place on lined baking tray and brush with some milk or egg. I use these cutters available on Amazon



Then sprinkle over the 20g of remaining cheese evenly between the scones.



Bake for 15-18 minutes - check the base of the scone is nice and brown which is a sign it is perfectly baked!




Cheese, Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Scones


Sarah’s servings: 6

Sarah’s skill: Easy

Baking time: 15-18 minutes


Ingredients:

230g Self Raising Flour

65g Unsalted Cold Cubed Butter

Pinch of Pepper and Salt

80g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese

4 tsp Sun-Dried Tomato Paste

1 tsp Dried Basil

1 Large Egg

75ml Cold Milk



Method:


  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade (200 Fan) or Gas Mark 7.

  2. Line a baking tray with parchment.

  3. In a large bowl weigh out the self-raising flour and butter then add the salt and pepper.

  4. Rub the butter into the flour until you have a texture of fine breadcrumbs.

  5. Add 60g of the cheese, sun-dried tomato paste and basil.

  6. Then add the egg and the milk into the dry ingredients and mix with a knife.

  7. Using your hands, bring the ingredients together to form a soft ball of dough.

  8. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured bench and flatten gently with your hand to about 2cm/ 3/4” thick.

  9. Cut out 6 scones with a square 5cm cutter.

  10. Place on lined baking tray and brush with some milk and sprinkle over the 20g of remaining cheese evenly between the scones.

  11. Bake for 15-18 minutes.


Equipment Used







Sarah’s extra slice......


When cutting out the scones do not twist the cutter as the scones will not rise evenly or straight.


Makes approx 6 scones - just double the recipe if you want more.


Fresh basil will work just as well - just cut nice and finely and add as per the recipe.

You can use different flavours of cheese but I love a strong mature cheddar.


I prefer a silicone baking brush as they are easy to clean and don’t loose hairs.


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