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Chilli Cheese Scones

Chilli cheese scones, traditional scones with a twist.  
Course: Snack
Keyword: cheese, chilli, scones


  • 250 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 75 g chilled butter diced
  • ½ tsp salt or garlic salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 125 g mature cheddar grated
  • 175 ml buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp milk


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and cayenne into the bowl of a food processor.
  • Add salt, black pepper, chilli flakes and the butter and pulse to fine crumbs.
  • Tip the mixture into a large bowl, stir in 100g of the Cheddar
  • Gradually pour in the buttermilk, stirring to make a soft, non-sticky dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, flatten out the dough with your hands to about 1 inch thick.
  • Dip a 5cm fluted cutter in flour and cut out rounds of dough, re-rolling the dough as needed to make 16 scones.
  • Transfer the scones to your baking tray. Brush with a little milk and scatter over the remaining Cheddar.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until risen and golden. Remove the scones from the oven and leave to cool a little on a wire rack.
  • Serve with chilli or garlic cream cheese.