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Mary Berry Cheese Scones

Each bite of these golden, savoury delights is a burst of cheesy goodness with a hint of spiciness. With a perfect blend of Cheddar, mustard, and cayenne pepper, they’re easy to whip up and make for a delightful addition to any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea spread. This recipe promises to bring a smile to your face and a warm, cheesy hug to your taste buds!


Mary Berry Cheese Scones
Prep: 15 mins Total: 30 mins Yields: 6

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Why you’ll love it

  • Cheesy Goodness: The grated mature Cheddar, makes them a cheese lover’s dream come true.
  • Flavorful Twist: The addition of mustard powder and cayenne pepper adds a unique and delightful twist to the traditional cheese scone recipe.
  • Easy and Quick: With straightforward instructions and simple ingredients, this recipe is perfect for both seasoned bakers and beginners.
  • Versatile Snack: Enjoy these scones warm from the oven with butter or cream cheese, or pair them with your favourite soup or salad for a delightful meal.
  • Impress Guests: Serve these savoury scones at your next brunch or tea party, and watch your guests be wowed by their delectable taste and fluffy texture.

Mary Berry cheese scones recipe

What are Mary Berry’s cheddar cheese scones?

Mary Berry’s Cheese Scones are savoury, tender treats that offer a heavenly combination of flavours. The self-raising flour, along with baking powder, lends a light and fluffy texture to the scones, while the butter adds a rich and indulgent touch. Grated mature Cheddar, the star of the show, infuses the scones with a sharp and delicious cheese flavour that will have you coming back for more.

The mustard powder and cayenne pepper are the secret ingredients that elevate these scones to a new level. They provide a subtle kick and a tantalizing depth of flavour, making each bite an exciting experience for your taste buds. Adding a large egg and a little milk binds the ingredients together and ensures a soft and moist scone that’s utterly irresistible.

Whether served warm or at room temperature, these cheese scones are a versatile treat that suits any occasion. They’re perfect for a cosy breakfast or afternoon tea, and they make a fantastic addition to a picnic spread or brunch gathering.

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour – 225g (8 oz) self-raising flour
  • Salt – ½ level teaspoon salt
  • Mustard powder – ½ level teaspoon mustard powder
  • Cayenne pepper – ¼ level teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Baking powder – 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • Butter – 25g (1 oz) butter
  • Cheddar – 150g (5 oz) grated mature cheddar
  • Egg – 1 large egg
  • Milk – 2 tablespoons of milk

How to make Mary Berry cheese scones

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (428°F) / Fan 200°C (392°F) / Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking tray.
  2. Measure the flour, salt, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in 2/3 of the grated cheese.
  5. Break the egg into a measuring jug, then add enough milk to make up to 150 ml (¼ pint).
  6. Stir the egg and milk into the dry ingredients and mix until it forms a soft but not sticky dough.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it lightly.
  8. Roll it out to a 15 cm (6 in) circle and mark it into 6 wedges.
  9. Brush the surface with a little milk and sprinkle with the remaining grated cheese.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the scones turn golden brown and feel firm to the touch.
  11. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Tips

  • For an extra cheesy flavour, you can add a handful of extra grated Cheddar to the scone dough.
  • Don’t overmix the dough; a light hand will ensure a tender texture.
  • To achieve a golden colour, brush the tops of the scones with a little milk before baking.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese, such as Gouda, pecorino cheese, or blue cheese, to create unique flavour variations.

Variations

  • Add finely chopped fresh herbs, like chives or parsley, for a refreshing herbal twist.
  • Create a sweet and savoury version by adding a drizzle of honey on top before serving.
  • Make a bacon and cheese combo by mixing in some cooked and crumbled bacon.
  • For a vegetarian option, swap the Cheddar with a vegetarian cheese alternative.

How to serve cheese scones?

  • Enjoy the scones warm from the oven, slathered with butter or cream cheese.
  • Serve them as a delightful accompaniment to your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
  • Pair them with a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, and pickles for a savoury brunch spread. T
  • Serve as a delicious side for soups and salads, adding a touch of indulgence to any meal.

Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply want a comforting snack, these Mary Berry Cheese Scones are sure to be a hit with everyone around the table!

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Mary Berry Cheese Scones

Mary Berry Cheese Scones

Caroline Sciberras
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast/Bread
Cuisine British
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 225 g 8 oz self-raising flour
  • ½ level teaspoon salt
  • ½ level teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ level teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 25 g 1 oz butter
  • 150 g 5 oz grated mature cheddar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons of milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (428°F) / Fan 200°C (392°F) / Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking tray.
  • Measure the flour, salt, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in 2/3 of the grated cheese.
  • Break the egg into a measuring jug, then add enough milk to make up to 150 ml (¼ pint).
  • Stir the egg and milk into the dry ingredients and mix until it forms a soft but not sticky dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it lightly.
  • Roll it out to a 15 cm (6 in) circle and mark it into 6 wedges.
  • Brush the surface with a little milk and sprinkle with the remaining grated cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the scones turn golden brown and feel firm to the touch.
  • Transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Notes

  • For an extra cheesy flavor, you can add a handful of extra grated Cheddar to the scone dough.
  • Don't overmix the dough; a light hand will ensure a tender texture.
  • To achieve a golden color, brush the tops of the scones with a little milk before baking.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese, such as Gouda, pecorino cheese, or blue cheese, to create unique flavor variations.

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