- 2 cups self-raising flour
- half a teaspoon salt
- 50g butter, plus one teaspoon more for greasing pan
- 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated
- one cup whole milk, plus 1 tablespoon more for brushing
Preheat oven to 200C. Lightly grease a baking sheet using the one teaspoon butter, and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, mix flour, and salt together. Place butter in the mixture and using your fingertips rub the butter together with the flour until you have a mixture resembling course breadcrumbs. Mix in the milk and almost all the cheese, reserving about 1 tablespoon.
Once it is loosely combined, turned out the mixture onto a clean kitchen bench and knead together until the mixture takes a dough form and avoid over-working the dough as this will make for heavy scones.
Knead for about 1 minute gently and form a 20cm diameter round about 2 cm thick. Cut 5-6cm circles out using either a knife or a round cookie cutter.
Place the cut circles touching side by side on the baking sheet and bake for ten minutes.
Remove from oven and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Put back in the oven for another 2-3 minutes until they are nicely golden. Serve immediately.
- When you are rubbing the butter with the flour, be sure to work quickly as the warmth of your hands will begin to melt the butter.
- Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a more adult version.
- These are delicious straight from the oven while they are hot. If you can not serve them out of the oven, reheat them under the grill and smear with more lashings of butter.
- These are great when you cut them in half and stuff with ham and tomato then reheat under the grill.
- These are fun to make with kids – let them cut the circles out for you.
This recipe was created by Kristine Duran-Thiessen for Kidspot, New Zealand