Thursday, February 6, 2020

Scottish Cheese Scones with Scallions #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: I'm pretty sure we ate our weight in scones while in Scotland last summer and I've been trying out recipes ever since. None of them have turned out badly, but this may be my favorite. It's adapted from the King Arthur Flour recipe and definitely earned a spot in the 11th Key West mystery, coming in 2021.


2 cups unbleached All-Purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (I use low sodium)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus 1/4 cup more for the tops
heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 chopped scallions (or leeks or chives if you prefer)
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut in pieces (I used Irish Kerrygold)
2 large eggs (1 separated, white reserved for glaze)
1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
1-3 teaspoons of sharp mustard, if that appeals

Mix the dry ingredients together. Cut the butter into the dry mixture using a pastry cutter. You want the butter to be in pea-sized pieces--try not to overwork the dough. Shred the cheese and chop the scallions and stir these into the butter-flour mixture. Whip together the egg plus yolk and the buttermilk or yogurt and mustard if using, and mix until the dough is moist. 

Pat the dough onto a floured surface--I like a circle--and then cut into wedges. Transfer to a parchment-covered baking sheet. Paint the saved egg white on the tops of the scones and sprinkle with shredded cheddar.

Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until the tops are browning. 

Serve piping hot with more butter if you like!

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  1. Scones (a bread item), cheddar cheese, and scallions? Yup, that sounds pretty wonderful!
    You used Kerrygold butter but not their fine cheddar?

  2. Libby, I’ve never had the kerrygold cheddar. I will have to rectify that soon! Thanks for bringing it to my attention

    1. They have several different cheeses. I find them all very tasty.

  3. Oh yum! I want a plate of these right now! : ) Renee -

  4. Scones are one of my favorites. I'll try this one soon