Half Fat Cheese and Herb Scones


Scones are best eaten on the day they are made. These cheesey scones are quick to make and are an ideal accompaniment to a hearty soup. Or serve them with sour cream, smoked salmon or gravadlax for brunch.

Preparation time 15 minutes

Cooking time 20 minutes


150g self-raising flour

1¼ tsp baking powder

1 tsp English mustard powder

20g butter, plus a little unsalted butter for greasing

125ml semi- skimmed milk

60g reduced fat hard cheese, grated

1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, plus a few extra sprigs

2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 tsp cayenne pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) gas 6. Sift the flour, baking powder and dry English mustard together into a large bowl or food processor. Rub or blend until the butter looks like breadcrumbs.

2. Add the semi-skimmed milk. Mix lightly with a knife or process in bursts, to make a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board.

3. Using a floured rolling pin. Gently roll out the dough into a neat rectangle about 1cm thick, use your hands to square off the edges. Scatter half the reduced fat grated hard cheese and all the herbs over the entire surface, lightly press the cheese and herbs into the dough so they ‘stick’.

4. Roll up like a Swiss roll, beginning from the long side, to make a long thick sausage. Cut into 6 x 3cm slices to make little rounds. Place the rounds, with the spiral facing up on a greased baking tray well spaced apart and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Tuck a sprig of rosemary into the top of each scone and dust with cayenne pepper.

5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and risen. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire cooling tray.