These delicious, easy-to-make cheese scones have a hint of spice from the cayenne pepper which gives them a little kick. They make for a great snack or lunch item that everyone will love. They're best served warm with butter.
They can be frozen, defrosted at room temperature and then gently warned in the oven for a few minutes.
Ingredients 450g self raising flour
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tsp baking powder
110g butter, at room temperature
200g grated cheddar cheese, plus a little extra for topping
180 ml milk, plus extra tsp for glazing
Preheat oven to 200c or 180c for fan ovens and warm a baking tray.
Sift the flour, salt, cayenne pepper and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
Cut the butter into cubes, add to the bowl and then mix with your fingers to make breadcrumbs. This takes a good 5 minutes.
Add the grated cheese (leaving a little for topping the scones) and knead with your hands until the cheese is evenly mixed in.
Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in half the milk, mixing to form a putty-like dough. Keep adding small amounts of milk until the consistency is right.
Lightly flour a worktop and roll out the scone mixture to 2cm thick.
Use a small cutter to cut out the scones and then place them onto the warm baking tray.
Glaze the top of each scone with a little milk and sprinkle with a little cheese then place in the oven.
Cook for 15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.