Saturday, October 23, 2010

Savory Cheese Scones

Scones are a popular English Tea time snacks but traditionally they are sweet but this time I wanted to try a more savory flavor and it turned out great. I made it vegetarian but adding bacon or fried sausages should give even better taste for non vegetarian preferences.

Make 8 scones

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp fresh grounded black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
60g butter cubed
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
Around 3/4cup of whole milk chilled
4 scallions chopped
1/2 cup Mushroom stir fried with some soya sauce or bacon or sausages fried and cut finely
1 green chillie de-seeded and chopped

Pre heat the oven to 200C.
In  large bowl sift in the flour, baking powder. Add salt, pepper,sugar and mix with a butter knife.
Add the cubed butter and mix with knife and then with finger tips to give it a bread crumb like texture.
Add the cheese and mix roughly. Do NOT knead.
Add in the mushrooms/ bacon, scallion, green chillie and mix with the knife adding about 1/4 cup milk. Make sure to keep the crumbly texture.
If more milk is needed add little by little as its just enough to gather it as a ball with hands.
Transfer the dough on to a lightly floured board.
Gather it by pressing lightly to make a flat disc about 1 1/2'' thick.


Cut the flat disc in to 8 wedges with a sharp knife.
Transfer the wedges to a non greased baking tray and egg wash it with a brush. 

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until its lightly golden.
Serve with Chiile Tomato Sauce and enjoy as a snack!!! 

Tip: The tip for making perfect scones is to handle it with hands by as little as possible and not to knead!!! Try to retain its crumbly texture when mixing but still wet enough for its to gather as a ball/ disc.

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