31 October 2010

Birthday Tea recipes : Cheese Scones

This is episode 1 of the baking fest that was son's High Tea in honour of his 12th birthday.  Pretty much everything on the table (except barring perhaps the Salad!) was his own choice and was very well received by all who attended.

L-R starting from the back :
Home made white bread egg mayonnaise sandwiches, brown bread ham
& mustard sandwiches.  Mixed salad with avocado. Sausage rolls.
Home-made Tuna & cheese flan, home-made Quiche Lorraine.
Crisps, coleslaw, feta cheese & olives.
Home-made cheese scones, tomatoes & cucumber, pickled beetroot.
I was quite pleased that there was a certain amount left over, as everyone seemed to be tucking in and hopefully nobody went home hungry.  I know that, following birthday cake, popcorn and a huge amount of sweeties eaten while we were watching a film, the birthday boy and his cousin (who was stopping for sleepover) certainly didn't go to bed anywhere close to hungry.  Of course, we may have overdone the sugar, considering they only slept for 3 hours ....

So, back to the job at hand.

CHEESE SCONES (makes 8 scones)

Ingredients :

200g/7 oz self raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or paprika
40g/1 1/2 oz butter
80g/2 oz grated strong Cheddar cheese
10g  Finely grated parmesan
100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) milk

Method :

1. Heat oven to 220 degrees C (200 fan) / gas mark 7 and lightly grease a baking tray.

2. Sift flour, mustard powder, cayenne pepper and salt into a mixing bowl.

3. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to flour.

4. Rub the butter into the flour with fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in grated cheeses.

5. Add the milk gradually, stirring well with a knife until the mixture begins to stick together.

6. With your hands, knead the mixture gently to form a soft smooth dough.

7. On a floured surface flatten or roll the dough to about 2 to 3cm
thick round (you should end up with 8 scones).

8. Use a 5cm round cutter to cut out individual scones.

9. Place scones on the greased baking tray. Brush with milk and sprinkle
some extra cheese on top.

10. Cook for about 10-15 mins until golden. Cool slightly before serving.

11. Scoff.  :)


  1. What a lovely spread....Wow!
    Just trying to think what l had as a 12 yr old.
    Hang On......Oh! Yes....A new shoulder holster, a bullit proof waistcoat, and a vouchor for a horses head....Ah! those were the days!
    You did'nt say what it was ALL washed down with Jenny.....A nice Chanti Ruffino l perhaps, an 84.
    Or just the usual pop...!
    Oh! and...I did have a go at the avocado pie. (sorry about the spelling last time) you know what we foreigners are like.
    Yes, it came out o.k. Never had anyone to try it out on, but then, if l say it's good, it's good.
    :0) Happy All Souls Day. :0)

  2. Sorry, no Chianti this time. Just lemonade for the boys and good old British Tea for the adults! Well, most of them were driving.

    Oh, I'm glad you liked the Avocado pie. I think it's a definite winner. :)

  3. Cheese scones make me wish I believed in god, because I think they are divine.

  4. Well, for all that I don't feel there is a need to believe in god, I do feel there is a need to believe in Cheese Scones. For they are, after all, only too real. :)

  5. No, sadly they are but a concept for a lot of the time. However, give a man a piece of cheese and some flour - and hey presto, you've got cheese scones! :)


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