Cheese and rosemary scones recipe


While visiting my parents-in-law this weekend, I decided to bake a big batch of cheese and rosemary scones for our afternoon tea. This recipe makes it easy to have a delicious snack ready within the hour.

Cheese and rosemary scones
Cheese and rosemary scones

Cheddar cheese, rosemary and onion scones recipe

These scones are delicious and it’s easy to adapt the recipe. Add six slices of rashers when you make the onion and rosemary mixture and you have a delicious variation of the recipe: bacon and cheese scones.

Cheddar rosemary scones
Cheddar rosemary scones

Ingredients for 12 cheese & rosemary scones

  • A glug of olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 500g plain flour – you can replace up to 1/3 with wholemeal flour if you like
  • 6 level tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly milled black pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 100g cold butter, cubed
  • 150g mature cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 300g milk
  • 100g natural yoghurt

For the topping

  • A little bit of extra milk for brushing
  • 50g mature cheddar (grated) to spread on top

How to make cheese and rosemary scones

As always it’s best to get all the ingredients ready and chopped before you start. Luckily, I had some family assistance (chopping by my husband, entertainment by my mother-in-law) today and everything was done in no time.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the chopped onions gently for about 10 minutes. Stir in the rosemary and set aside to cool.
  3. While the onions are frying, sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the salt, pepper, mustard powder and cayenne pepper and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the butter cubes and rub them in with your fingers until your ingredients have a breadcrumb-like consistency, then add the cheese and onion-rosemary mixture and stir until evenly distributed.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and yoghurt and whisk briefly.
  6. Add the milk and yoghurt mixture to the dry ingredients to form the dough. It doesn’t need to be worked too much. In fact, try to work it as little as possible.
  7. Lightly flour your worktop, turn out the dough and carefully flatten to about 3cm without kneading it.
  8. Use a round cookie cutter or glass with floured rim to cut the scones into round shapes. You’ll need to put the dough pieces together a few times until you have no dough leftover.
  9. Put the scones onto the baking tray, brush with a little milk and spread some grated cheddar on top.
  10. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Transfer to a rack to cool.
  12. Eat the cheddar and rosemary scones while warm and fresh. Once cooled you can store them in a plastic container for about two days. Just heat them through in the oven for a few minutes and they are as good as new. Scones are great for freezing too.
This is an adaptation of a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe.
Ellie enjoying one of my cheese and onion scones
We – and the lovely Ellie who called in for a visit with daddy Noel – enjoyed the scones a lot!