Think of English scones and your mind might give you an image of halved plain or raisin scones, still warm from the oven, generously slathered with butter and topped with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Although this is one of the most popular ways to prepare and enjoy scones, there are also some savoury varieties which you should try, with cheese scones being the most popular of these. We are making them with flour, butter, cheese, milk, salt, and baking powder. To add a little extra kick you could also add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mixture, or even some mustard. Those are optional though.
Our recipe makes 6 scones but it is very easy to double if you want to make 12. This is certainly a recipe you will want to make more than once anyway. Historically, scones used to be flat and round, and about the size of a small dinner plate. They were made with unleavened oats and then cooked on a griddle. When baking powder became available, scones were oven-baked instead, and their size became smaller.
Scones, especially savoury ones, make a wonderful snack for those times you want a bite to eat but nothing too heavy, or when dinner is still a couple of hours away and you are already hungry. These portable snacks can even be buttered at home, then taken to work or school. Cheese works wonderfully as a scone flavouring. You could even get creative with these, adding bacon or onions perhaps, and maybe a pinch of dried thyme. Continue reading
A tartlet is like a tart but smaller. Tartlets are a good example of teatime finger food, and they are simple to prepare. This video shows you how to make tartlets for your afternoon tea party. The caramelised onion chutney, goat’s cheese and asparagus makes a beautiful topping for the puff pastry bases.
Buying readymade puff pastry sheets is simpler than making your own, and these will still look and taste homemade no matter whether you make or buy the pastry. Make them full-size if you want to make 4 or cut each one in half if you prefer to make 8 smaller ones.
You can vary the ingredients if you wish, perhaps using another type of chutney or marmalade, swapping the goat’s cheese for mozzarella or using mushrooms instead of the asparagus. Perhaps you would like to use different ingredients and make half the tarts with the ingredients in the recipe and the other half with your own choices. The shiny golden finish is optional but painting the tartlets with beaten egg or milk before baking means you will get a beautiful result. Continue reading
Although scones come in plain or fruit varieties, cheese scones are especially tasty. This video shows you how to make English cheese scones which are wonderful served at teatime, split in half and buttered. Scones are deliciously dense and flavourful and their texture is what distinguishes them from other savoury teatime treats.
Serve them warm from the oven for a real treat. Fruit scones usually feature sultanas or raisins while plain scones are plain. Cheese scones can be made with Cheddar cheese or another type, and they are nice spiced up with the addition of some mustard or paprika to enhance their flavour.
Scones are a favourite at teatime, served perhaps with finger sandwiches and dainty little cakes, and of course a pot of your favourite tea. Making scones is very easy and all you need are the ingredients and an oven. Serve them warm or let them cool down. Scones will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days but these are so yummy you probably will not have any left after your afternoon tea party. Continue reading
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