English Scones or Southern Buttermilk Biscuits?
Whether you call them English Scones or Southern Buttermilk Biscuits, homemade scones or biscuits, served warm with butter, are a wickedly delicious treat. Although people tend to associate English scones with sugar and Southern biscuits with a less sweet and more savoury taste, cooking has evolved over the years and people are experimenting with all sorts of ingredients from sweet to sour to savoury to spicy.
Currently the list of ingredients you can add to the scone dough is interminable. You can add: sugar and other sweet ingredients like honey or maple syrup; dried fruits like currants, apricots or sultanas; nuts like walnuts or almonds; fresh or dried dates; ginger; fresh fruits like apples; vegetables like cooked pumpkin or potatoes; olives; different kinds of cheeses; meats like bacon or ham; bell pepper, banana pepper or cherry pepper; and that is just to mention a few. The list can still go on. It just depends on how innovative and creative you are.
These days, people are spending weekends experimenting with ingredients and products in the hope of producing unique or weird creations or better still, new recipes attributed to their names.
Today I will share with you the recipe for cheese and chives scones. I used cheddar cheese and chives, but you can join the ‘virtual experimenters club’ and experiment with your favourite cheeses, herbs and spices as you wish. The scones can be served for lunch, dinner or as a snack.
Serving suggestions: with butter, cream cheese, relish, soup, favourite salad, ham or turkey slice. As I mentioned earlier, it just depends on how curious and creative you are!
Cheese and Chive Scones
Preparation time: 15 minutes; Baking time: 15-20 minutes; Makes: 8-10 depending on size
- 250g (2 cups, 9oz) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 60g (¼ cup, ½ stick, 4 tablespoons) butter
- 40g (½ cup) grated cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
- 120ml (½ cup) milk
- 30ml (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
- 60ml (¼ cup) water
- Extra cheddar cheese, grated, for topping
- Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C) ten minutes before using. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Mix the lemon juice with the milk and set aside.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter using your fingertips. Stir in the cheese and chives and make a well in the centre. Add milk and almost all the water.
- Mix gently with a flat bladed knife to a soft dough, adding more liquid if necessary. Do not over-mix.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it very briefly and lightly, folding it back over itself and pressing down (about 10 seconds). It should just lose its stickiness.
- Press or roll out dough to an 8-inch (20cm) circle about 2 cm thickness (handle lightly do not use too much pressure). Using a floured, round, 5 cm cutter, cut the dough into circles. Pile the scraps together and press or roll out. Cut more pieces, (do not re-knead).
- Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with extra cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese is golden in colour.
- For cup measures: spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. I use a 240ml, American cup.
Points to note:
- Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperature depending on your oven. I baked at 450°C for 15 minutes.
- The secret to light fluffy scones is ‘very light handling of the dough.’ Over handling will result in tough scones. You can cut the scones into squares or any other shape you desire.
- Scones are best eaten while they are still warm and fresh, but can be frozen up to three months.
- For soft scones, wrap in a clean tea towel while still hot. For a crisp top, place on a wire wrack to cool.
- Last updated: 18 March 2019
Step By Step Photos
Please assemble all ingredients before you start
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl
Rub in the butter using your fingertips.
Stir in the cheese and chives and make a well in the centre.
Add all the milk and almost all the water. Mix gently with a flat bladed knife to a soft dough, adding more liquid if necessary. Do not over-mix.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it very briefly and lightly, folding it back over itself and pressing down (about 10 seconds). It should just lose its stickiness.
Press or roll out dough to an 8-inch (20cm) circle about 2 cm thickness (handle lightly do not use too much pressure).
Using a floured, round, 5 cm cutter, cut the dough into circles. Pile the scraps together and press or roll out. Cut more pieces, (do not re-knead).
Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese is golden in colour.
You can make them in any shape you want. I made these on 04 August 2014. They were 8 delicious tasting scones.
myfavouritepastime.com Last updated: March 19 2019
I am going to make this. Thanks for the recipe.
Happy baking. Let me know how it goes
These look delicious! Think I might try substituting a good blue cheese for the cheddar and see how they come out.
Please let me know how it works for you. I never thought of blue cheese until you mentioned. Have a lovely week!
So – here’s what I did. Thanks for allowing me to post your tip!! “++ UPDATE My friend Liz, who blogs on “My Favorite Pastime” recently posted a recipe very much like mine, and Liz recommends “Knead the dough very briefly and lightly, folding it back over itself and pressing down (about 10 seconds). It should just lose its stickiness.” THANKS LIZ !! To see Liz’s recipe for Cheese and Chive Scones, click here!”
Thanks Cecile, you’re such a darling. Have a wonderful weekend!
[…] ++ UPDATE My friend Liz, who blogs on “My Favorite Pastime” recently posted a recipe very much like mine, and Liz recommends “Knead the dough very briefly and lightly, folding it back over itself and pressing down (about 10 seconds). It should just lose its stickiness.” THANKS LIZ !! To see Liz’s recipe for Cheese and Chive Scones, click here! […]
Thanks Cecile for acknowledging my post! Have a fabulous weekend!
Would you mind if I added your tip about ‘kneading the dough’ to my recent scone post. I will give you credit & also include a link for this recipe !!
No problem, Cecile.Feel free to add the tip about kneading. Have a lovely day! and thanks for your support!
thanks Liz !!
Pas du tout!
I don’t remember seeing this when you first posted the recipe. What beautiful scones they are! As you know, I recently posted a similar recipe which I adapted slightly from one I found in a magazine. That recipe calls for mustard and scallions – but I really like the idea that there’s a bit of lemon juice in your recipe. I bet the lemon juice really gives these scones some ‘zing’!!
Celia, as ‘Fig Jam and Lime Cordial’ does a post she calls International Scone Week and she just posted this year’s Scone Week August 17th. Are you familiar with it? (I just checked & she’s going to continue to add scone recipes, so you may still be able to send her your link !! http://figjamandlimecordial.com/2014/08/17/international-scone-week-2014-all-the-photos/ )
I’ve been posting a lot of scones recipes. Mustard and scallions is a great combination. The lemon juice also makes it soft. I didn’t even know about international scone week. Thanks for giving me the link. Have a nice weekend!
Liz, I can tell from the photos you know how to make an exceptional biscuit. And take an excellent photograph. Makes me want to bite my computer screen.
Thank you so much for the kind words and the compliments. I really appreciate!
Thanks for the like on Messy Kitchen, Happy Belly! I’m glad you liked the enchiladas! These scones look absolutely wonderful, can’t wait to make them!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I wish you a happy baking. I hope you’ll like them!
Your tips have been a life saver. Dunno how to thank you enough. I hope fairies leave chocolates for you tonight 😊.
Loads of love,
Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m happy to hear that you found my tips useful. I look forward to the fairies leaving me some nice, dark chocolate with orange flavour. Take care, girl!
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Klausbernd loves them with chess chives – I’ll try this recipe next. It looks so yummy! And I’m on a diet…
I hope you and Klausbernd will love them. I wish you a happy trying and the best of the weekend!
OMG, these look absolutely fabulous. Trouble is, if I make ’em, then I’ll eat ’em. Like ALL. Sometimes life is hard.
The whole point o making them is to eat them all. Thats the point of baking. Happy eating!!!
OH these look great!! Will try!
Happy trying and enjoy the new week!
Just too delicious to look at. It’s pure torture I tell you!
Thank you. Have a wonderful week!
These look amazing! I once made scones with walnuts and blue cheese – they were pretty darn good too!
Oh what a wonderful combination. I would like to try walnuts and blue cheese. Sounds very delicious!
Lovely…and they contain cheese. wowed.Totally making them sometime!
Hi again. I love cheese too…hope you enjoy them. Have a fabulous week!
I’ve bookmarked this Liz and I may have a go at making them even though I haven’t got the equipment and I am a danger in the kitchen……. what bravery 😉 xox
The lovely three course meal creator will do the job and no special equipment required. No worry, no fuss! Thanks Ralph. have a great weekend!
Do you know what ? I never even thought about Toni !! You know more about me than I do !!! Happy Saturday Liz 😀 xox
Thank you Ralph. Warm regards to Toni.
Oh wow! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this. I winged it, and it didn’t turn out (baking isn’t my forte). Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes!
Looking forward to trying out your recipes too! Have a lovely week!
these look awesome. So hungry right now!! x
I wish you could give you a slice. Thanks for stopping by!!!
I have never made scones but these look so good, I’m going to give them a try ty.
I love the look of these beauties, whatever you might be calling them. yummmmmmm!
They taste really good. Cheese and Chives is a great combination!!!!
These look yummy. I love both sweet and savory biscuits/scones. Cheddar chive is one of my favorites. I will have to try these soon.
Hi Mama D!xx, thanks for being here. You always brighten my day. I love cheddar-chive more than words can say. Enjoy them if you do try them!!!! Thanks and have a lovely week!!
Haha ! One more thing I have never cooked … Thank you for all these great ideas 😉
Scones are so easy to make and well worth the trouble taken. You should give it a try!!! Thanks you for being here always. I really appreciate!!!
these look amazing!
And taste amazing, thanks for being here. Have a lovely day!!!
Cheese and chives, I like the way they rhyme and I love those two ingredients. This must taste really good!
It does taste really good, especially if you love cheese. Some people don’t eat cheese1
These were absolutely delicious! I made them for a dish at my weekly dinner party with friends and they were an absolute hit! Everyone loved them and asked for more at the next one. I definitely think these will become a must have from now on. Thank you for the great recipe.
I am absolutely elated! Thanks a great deal.
I tried the recipe it was so delicious, I love the cheese and scone combo. I put jam on mine thanks for this great recipe.
Mmm! Jam with cheese and chives, that is an interesting combination, but as I mentioned earlier, everybody is busy experimenting with something. I think you have earned your yourself a secondment to the “Virtual Experimenters Club”, welcome to the club!! Thanks for supporting my blog!