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Cheese scones recipe: How to make classic cheese scones

Warm, freshly baked cheese scones are a fantastic savoury treat that the whole family will love. The yummy snack will help you to use up any cheese that you have available, and you can even throw in some leftover ham or fresh chives for a bit of extra flavour.

Scones are British staple, and cheese scones are just as tasty as the plain or fruit variety.

With VE Day (Friday, May 8) quickly approaching, online searches for the quintessential British treat have increased by 350 percent in the last week according to Google Trends.

Ideal to accompany sandwiches and cakes for an at-home afternoon tea celebration, scones really are a versatile bake.

Best served warm with a generous helping of butter, these delicious scones are easy to make so why not get the kids involved.

Express.co.uk brings you an easy to follow recipe from Miele Der Kern.

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How to make scones

Ingredients – Makes 12

600g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

Large pinch of smoked paprika

150g butter

150g grated cheese of your choice

4 tbsp natural yoghurt

Milk to mix (approx. 300ml)

1 egg

50g grated parmesan

Method

1. Preheat an oven with the fan function at 180°C.

2. Place the flour, salt, paprika, grated cheese and baking powder into a bowl and stir together. Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

3. Add the yoghurt and then enough milk to bind the mixture into a light, rather sticky dough.

4.Bring the dough together and transfer on to a lightly floured work surface. Knead lightly to form a soft dough.

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5. Gently pat out the dough to approximately 2.5cm thick.

6. Cut out the scones using a 5cm diameter cutter and place on a lightly floured baking tray.

7. Glaze with an egg by brushing over the top surface of the scones and then sprinkle with the grated parmesan.

8. Place the scones in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until well risen and lightly golden. Once baked, transfer to a wire rack.

9. Serve the scones while still slightly warm with whipped butter – or why not try a bit of Marmite!

Top tips on how to make the perfect cheese scone

Handle the dough with care: If you knead the dough, you will likely end up with tough scones. Don’t roll the dough out with a rolling pin either – simply pat the dough out lightly using your hands.

Try a variety of cheese: Mature cheddar cheese can be a good choice, but try mixing it up using a stilton or a red cheese, such a red Leicester.

Flour and raising agent: As with this recipe above, you can use self-raising flour, but others prefer to use strong bread flour and even more baking powder to make sure their scones rise fully. Try a few batches and mix up your quantities.

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