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Chilli cheese scones recipe

Chilli cheese scones recipe

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Give your scones a savoury twist with this feisty cheese and chilli version - they're sure to become the perfect sidekick for any soup. Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, this really is the best cheese scones recipe ever. See method

  • makes 16 scones
  • 15 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 129 calories / serving


  • 250g (80z) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 75g (30z) chilled butter, diced
  • 125g (4oz) mature Cheddar, grated
  • 175ml (6fl oz) buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp milk
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    7g 10%
  • Saturates

    4g 20%
  • Sugars

    1g 1%
  • Salt

    0.5g 8%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 13.9g Protein 3.8g Fibre 0.5g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Sift the flour, baking powder, chilli and cayenne into the bowl of a food mixer. Add 1/2 tsp salt, a good grind of black pepper and the butter. Whizz to fine crumbs. Tip into a large bowl, stir in 100g (3 1/2oz) of the Cheddar, then gradually pour in the buttermilk, stirring to make a soft, nonsticky dough.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, flatten out the dough with your hands to 1.5-2cm (3/4in-1in) thick. Dip a 5cm (2in) fluted cutter in flour and stamp out little rounds, re-rolling the dough as needed to make 16 in total.
  3. Transfer the rounds to a baking tray lined with nonstick paper. 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 warm with the soup.

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