Cheese Scones

Ingredients:

500 ml (2 cups) flour
20 ml (4 teaspoons) baking powder
5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) cayenne pepper/paprika
62 ml (5 tablespoons or 62g) butter (or margarine)
1 or 2 eggs
milk (up to 187 ml or 3/4 cup)
375 ml ( 1 1/2 cup) grated cheddar cheese

Method:

  1. Sift dry ingredients together
  2. Grate the butter and work it into the flour mixture with fingers until it has the texture of bread crumbs. (Or use a food processor)
  3. Beat the egg and mix with 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk. Keep 12.5 ml (1 tbsp) aside to wash on top of the scones before baking.
  4. Add grated cheese to flour mixture. Blend the milk/egg mixture in with a knife – try not to handle the dough at all. Add more milk if needed until it is a dough firm enough to roll out and cut into shapes. (The trick is to work fast and not to handle the dough too much)
  5. Dump the mixture onto a surface that is lightly covered with flour. Flatten the dough to about 2 cm (3/4 inches) high. Cut circles out with a cookie cutter or an upside down glass (dip in in flour first to prevent dough from sticking)
  6. Brush the scones with the mixture of egg and milk and bake on a greased baking tray for 10 minutes at 250 degrees C or 475 degrees F until the scones are nicely browned on top.

This is the very best straight from the oven with butter, strawberry jam or even a dollop of whipped fresh cream!

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